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Recruiting the running back position at Nebraska in the 2019 class will be a priority. It may not receive as much attention as the offensive and defensive lines, but the Huskers are expected to bring in two backs in this cycle.
None of the three early Nebraska commits are running backs. The cycle for 2019 is just picking up, but Nebraska definitely needs to get moving on the running back front. Luckily, position coach Ryan Held is a rabid recruiter. He’ll have a chance to live up to his potential with this class.
Let’s take a brief look at the backs who are on the Huskers’ radar:
As the country’s No. 1 all-purpose back, it makes sense for the Huskers to be interested in Dollars. The No. 105 recruit overall has tweeted about his interactions with Held, coach Scott Frost and offensive coordinator Troy Walters. Problem is, every program in the country is in line for the 4-star back. This is a long shot.
Johnson, a 4-star recruit, traveled from New Jersey to Nebraska for junior day. For Nebraska to squeeze him in before his track season started speaks volumes about how Held values him. Johnson has had conversations with Held and Frost in which the coaches have told the No. 21 running back in the class how much it would mean for him to be a part of the program.
Barlow is a top-350 overall player and the 23rd-ranked running back in the class. He’s definitely interested in the Huskers, and he could be on campus soon. Baylor appears to have the early lead for the prospect from Newton, Texas.
Smith delayed his decision because he wanted to visit Nebraska and a couple other schools before committing. The Nebraska staff will reward the 3-star prospect’s patience by bringing him in for a visit. Connecticut is of significant interest for the No. 11 all-purpose back.
Bivens has the Huskers in his top six. Southern California, Louisville, Kentucky, Toledo and Cincinnati are the other schools that made the cut for the Ohio back. Nebraska should be able to go to the finish line with Bivens.
Nebraska joins North Carolina, Samford and Southern Miss in the top group for the unheralded Bazile. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 8 all-purpose back in the class. Bazile’s speed is what sets him apart, and Held craves the fastest backs.
Grayson will be on campus for junior day Saturday, which is a positive sign. The Huskers rank favorably with the unrated back because they were one of his first offers, right behind Tennessee. Things have moved quickly here and we’ll have a better understanding of his opinions on Nebraska after this weekend.
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