Nebraska finished the 2018 recruiting class on a strong note thanks to the efforts of Scott Frost and his staff, but expect the Corhuskers to take the next step with a successful 2019 class. Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca will answer a recruiting question of the day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Ask him a question on Twitter (@BOOMbaca or @Landof10Huskers) or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.
@BOOMbaca with the RB from Tulsa visiting last weekend and seemingly impressed do you see Nebraska dipping down in OK? They have had previous success in Tulsa area before.
— Jeff Shannon (@LCSjeff) April 9, 2018
The player who was “seemingly impressed” with Nebraska during his visit last weekend was 3-star running back Thomas Grayson. The Tulsa, Okla., native committed to Nebraska less than 24 hours after Jeff sent this tweet, and we now know that Grayson’s time in Lincoln at junior day on Saturday influenced his decision, which came two days later.
Grayson is the first Huskers commit from Oklahoma since defensive tackle Deontre Thomas (Mustang High School) in the 2017 recruiting class. In 2019, Nebraska has four offers out to Oklahoma prospects, including Grayson. One of them, 4-star tight end Grayson Boomer, is committed to Oklahoma State. Another, 3-star linebacker Zach Marcheselli, picked up a Huskers offer last week. Daxton Hill is a 4-star safety who attends Booker T. Washington High School with Grayson, but there’s been no reason to link him to Nebraska other than an offer, which came in late January.
With two in-state Big 12 programs, Oklahoma can be a risky state to recruit. The key is getting involved before the Sooners and Cowboys make their respective pushes, which was a key to landing Grayson. There’s a chance Nebraska will not sign anyone else from the state in the 2019 class.
The larger theme here, however, is interesting. Scott Frost and his staff seem primed to take advantage of the talent from the Midwest. Under running backs coach Ryan Held, whose recruiting responsibilities include Kansas and Oklahoma, the Huskers have made a significant push in those states. They are in the thick of it with 4-star outside linebacker Marcus Hicks (Wichita, Kan.) and hosted his teammate, 3-star running back Breece Hall, last Saturday during junior day. Nebraska also is building a relationship with Garden City Community College in Kansas, signing Will Honas from that school in the 2018 class.
Kansas City, which Held also recruits, is back on the Huskers radar, in addition to St. Louis. Nebraska did not sign a prospect from Missouri in the 2018 class, something that will have to change if it wants to be considered a threat in the “500-mile radius.” The staff’s initial efforts demonstrate that the Huskers are prioritizing those two areas.
Then there is Nebraska. Frost wants to keep the top prospects from leaving the state. So far, he’s done that in the 2019 class, with three of the state’s top five players committed. The Huskers need to keep working on a couple other recruits.
In Iowa, 3-star defender Mosai Newsom is trending toward the Huskers. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander is an Iowa native and will be active in convincing recruits to hop across the Nebraska-Iowa border. He’s taken the lead with Newsom’s recruitment. Four-star quarterback target Max Duggan is from Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The Midwest holds the potential to be bountiful for Nebraska in the 2019 class. Frost, Held, Chinander and the rest of the staff are working to reap the benefits.
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