Nebraska finished the 2018 recruiting class on a strong note thanks to the efforts of Scott Frost and his staff, but expect the Cornhuskers to take the next step with a successful 2019 class. Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca will answer a Nebraska 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.
How does the TE position look next year and in the future? — Randy Pickard, via Facebook
The tight end position, as Land of 10’s Erin Sorensen wrote last month, features a slew of inexperienced players, but with plenty of potential. Guys such as Jack Stoll and Kurt Rafdal can be contributors in 2018.
Nebraska might have its 2019 recruiting at the position close to wrapped up. Commit Garrett Snodgrass could play tight end if the staff does not move him to the defensive side of the ball. Omaha Burke standout Chris Hickman is listed as a 4-star tight end. But sources close to Hickman indicate his attributes on offense might not translate to Scott Frost’s offense and that he might be suited at outside linebacker — a similar situation to Nelson’s.
That’s because Frost’s scheme requires a tight end atypical of how fans normally view the position. Usually, the tight end will line up in the slot as a de facto receiver. Other times, a tight end may serve as more of an H-back and block on running plays.
The Huskers have offered 15 tight ends in the class and, other than Hickman, are lacking traction with all of them. Seven of the 15 are committed elsewhere.
The top tight end in the class, Hudson Henry, is announcing a top 5 soon; it’s unlikely Nebraska will make the cut. There hasn’t been significant strides with any of the more recent offers at the position, such as Jalen Wydermyer and Michael Martinez.
Nebraska has positions of greater need in the 2019 class than tight end, so it’s not all bad news. Additionally, tight ends coach Sean Beckton can focus on developing the players on the roster. Beckton also serves as the lead recruiter in Georgia, a place where the Huskers want to increase their presence.
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