Scott Frost and Co. picked up the first five-star commitment during its Nebraska tenure this week.
Let that sink in.
Okay, yes this didn’t actually happen, but soon it will. I’m certain of it. I’ll tell you why today.
We’re about to go for a ride. We’re going to look at the current class and then the future prospects who are possibly close to joining the fold right after we make a brief stop in the land of fun recruiting tidbits.
Buckle up and let’s do this thing.
Current Class Evaluation
I’ve heard this class could again be a big one. With 29 signees (including Willy Canty) in the 2018 class, multiple outlets have reported estimates in the mid-to-upper 20s for the 2019 class as well. As head coach Scott Frost looks to turn the program around, he’ll want to do it with his guys, thus meaning he’ll look to create almost instant turnover.
Some will debate the current prize piece of the class. Many would say Luke McCaffrey, a 4-star quarterback from Valor Christian, CO, is the focal point. I would disagree. As it stands today, the most recent prospect reranks have brought commit Nick Henrich, a 4-star linebacker from Omaha Burke, NE, higher than McCaffrey, but I’ve always viewed him as the key component of Frost’s class and possibly his biggest accomplishment to date.
With offers from many of the Big Ten schools as well as other national powers like Florida, Oregon and Ole Miss, Frost was still able to step in and secure the commitment from the No. 5 ranked inside linebacker. Getting Henrich to move from “no interest” in Nebraska during the Riley era all the way over to a verbal pledge is truly a remarkable feat for a coach who has yet to put any real game footage together at Nebraska.
I’m telling most of y’all what you already know. Frost this. Frost that. Things are looking really nice for the 2019 class and there could just be more in store. More on that in a second.
Recruiting Tidbits from the 8/11 week
- With Henrich in the fold, the Huskers have an eye on Omaha Burke’s other prize: tight end Chris Hickman.
- Not directly tied to recruiting per se, but coaches could casually sneak in the fact that 8,000 people showed up to an autograph session at Memorial Stadium on Saturday when making pitches to players.
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— Nate Clouse (@NateClouse) August 19, 2018
Very little going on otherwise on the Nebraska recruiting front this week. Check back next week for any new info in the miscellaneous department.
Future of the ’19 Class
Could the first Frost 5-star commit come in this class? Maybe. If I had to put money on it, I’d say not until 2020, but keep an eye on Owen Pappoe. He confirmed a couple of weeks back that he would be taking an official visit to Nebraska at an unspecified date.
If you remember, the Auburn commit released his Top 3 prior to his May 1 commitment. In that Top 3 were Nebraska, Georgia and Auburn. Why Nebraska? Well, the “Grayson Connection” is alive and well. With current Huskers Mo Barry and Breon Dixon (via Ole Miss) hailing from the Georgia high school powerhouse, Pappoe had voices in his ear at the time. Now, his high school teammate Ronald Thompkins has chosen the Huskers and coaxed Pappoe into staying true to his initial pledge of taking a Nebraska official visit.
Any of you who know Nebraska also knows there is no place like it. So truly, if the staff can get a player like Pappoe on campus, a lot can happen. We will see, but keep an eye on this one.
Other names to watch: Javin Wright, Bryce Benhart and Jameson Williams. More on them in the future.
For now. We’ll end this knowing that the Huskers have a Top 25 recruiting class for 2019. GBR.