LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s went after running backs and defensive ends this week.
Though Nebraska coach Mike Riley said on National Signing Day that the Huskers would make cornerbacks the top priority in the 2018 recruiting class, Nebraska is showing where else it’ll recruit heavily this year.
Nebraska offered five running backs over the course of seven days, leading all other position groups. Defensive ends were right behind with four offers.
Here’s how the 15 offers break down:
|Position||Number of offers this week|
Nebraska needs a running back or two in the 2018 class, so the influx of offers isn’t necessarily shocking. But the defensive end offers keep rolling in, which makes you wonder if new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco is going after a certain type of end for his 3-4 defense.
Nebraska’s not necessarily lacking in defensive linemen on its roster, but Diaco must see a need to round up an end with a specific skill set, something Nebraska might not have at the moment.
Here’s more on who Nebraska offered this week:
Masina, from Salt Lake City, Utah, is a 4-star outside linebacker. He’s the No. 12 outside linebacker in the 2018 class. The Brighton High School defender has 12 offers, including from BYU, USC, UCLA and Utah.
Turner (Buford, Ga.) is a 3-star running back. He’s the No. 29 running back in the 2018 class and has 15 other offers, including from Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Tennessee and Minnesota.
Stratford is the No. 40 offensive tackle in the 2018 class and No. 71 recruit in Texas. He holds 19 offers, including from Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma and, recently, Utah, Purdue and Kansas. Stratford attended Oklahoma’s junior day on Feb. 19.
Salahuddin, a running back with no star rating, has 19 offers, including from Arkansas, Maryland and Oklahoma. From the Washington, D.C., area, Salahuddin looks to be leaning toward Maryland and Arkansas.
Overshown (Arp, Texas) is the No. 14 safety in the 2018 class and No. 18 player in the state of Texas. He has 22 offers, most recently from Georgia, Colorado, South Carolina and Ohio State. Alabama has also offered Overshown.
Putnam, from Glenwood High School in Chatham, Ill., doesn’t have a247sports composite score, but he’s a 4-star offensive tackle in the 2019 class on 247sports. He has 10 offers, including from Iowa, LSU, Michigan State and Penn State.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound tackle has an unofficial visit set at Iowa on March 5.
Crouch also is in the 2019 class. He’s a running back with no current star rating on 247sports, but he does have offers from Georgia, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Wright is 6-foot-6, 275 pounds and does not have a star rating. The Huntington, W.V., offensive tackle holds offers from Florida, Louisville, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia.
247Sports rates Williams as the No. 60 athlete in the 2018 class. The Antelope Valley (Calif.) High star also received offers recently from Florida State, UCLA and USC.
Ossai is a 3-star defensive end from Conroe, Texas. He’s the No. 18 weak-side defensive end in the 2018 class and has 21 total offers. He recently got offers from Texas, Ole Miss and Arkansas.
Redmond is the No. 14 weakside defensive end in the 2018 class and No. 6 player in Oklahoma, per 247Sports. He has offers from schools including Oklahoma, Arizona State and Kansas State.
Latu, a 3-star defensive end, is the No. 22 weakside defensive end in the 2018 class and No. 7 recruit in Utah. He has 13 offers, including Alabama, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Oregon.
Wade is the No. 5 weakside defensive end in the 2018 class and No. 4 prospect in Nevada.
Thomas is a 3-star running back from Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar High. He’s rated as the No. 30 running back in the Class of 2018 by 247Sports.
Gill is the No. 3 all-purpose back in the 2018 class and No. 30 overall recruit in the nation. Gill has 30 offers, including most recently from Minnesota, Oklahoma and Miami.