The Nebraska Husker football 2019 class is one member smaller after three-star running back Thomas Grayson announced his intent to go elsewhere Wednesday night on Twitter.
I originally had planned to give a rousing “Forget about him” speech just like Coach Yoast did in Remember the Titans.
Thompkins goes down Week 1
I had it all planned out. It was going to be Grayson running back replaces Grayson.
If you don’t get that, it was meaning that Georgia high school powerhouse Grayson’s star halfback Ronald Thompkins was the most recent and surprising running back commit and left Thomas Grayson as the odd man out.
Gosh dang it, I’m confusing myself with this whole Grayson-Grayson thing.
Anyway. That was the plan. That is until Ronald Thompkins left Grayson’s first game of the season with a non-contact knee injury.
No official word has been given on his status, but even with a torn ACL, he could make a return by summer/fall camp should he decide to keep his pledge to Nebraska.
I don’t want to overstep here and insinuate that an injury, especially a potentially serious one, is a good thing, but Thompkins may see several schools slow down or stop their recruitment of him due to the injury and obviously, that works in Nebraska’s favor. Thompkins is an elite prospect and many project him out as a high-end four-star prospect.
Thompkins is a huge snag for the staff, one that also continues the Grayson High School pipeline being crafted by the staff.
Keep an eye on this. The departure of Grayson means the Huskers have another scholarship available. They probably won’t use it on a running back if Thompkins and Johnson remain committed. Three running backs in a class feels like a lot for a team that snagged top JUCO running back Greg Bell and has seen true freshman Maurice Washington work his way to the top of the two-deep as well as having a plethora of other backfield options.
We are just a few short days away from seeing the new-look Huskers take the field for the first time, and we’ll see a brief glimpse about how the new staff’s additions will play together.
After the release of the two-deep, the most obvious immediate evaluation point is true freshman starting quarterback Adrian Martinez.
If he’s really so good that he beat out Tristan Gebbia, arguably the best passer in California high school history, then I have sky-high hopes for Frost’s future recruiting. Why?
Well quite simply, Frost’s very first call after taking the Nebraska job was to Adrian Martinez. He then wooed him away from Tennessee and got him to choose the Huskers. He then won the starting job.
I’d say Frost knows what he’s doing. At least on paper.
Also keep an eye out for Tre Neal, Will Honas, Cam Taylor, Braxton Clark and Andre Hunt. These are all Frost additions that should see decent time in the first game.
Frankly, the Frost/Chinander system means there will be a lot of substitutions so there will be plenty of opportunities for us to see how the new players shake out, but honestly, if you’re a Husker fan, you should be feeling good.
Enough for now. We’ll be back. Go Big Red.