The semester may be over, and finals may have passed, but Huskers sports are still kicking. Baseball is nearing the end of conference play and recruiting never ends for the basketball and football teams.
On the Diamond
Nebraska baseball is a season removed from being regular season Big Ten Conference champions. But yet, here the Huskers sit at 22-24, with an in-conference record of 6-11.
While there are many things you could point your finger to as to why they struggle, I’ll offer the biggest reason: injuries. The Huskers, especially the pitching staff, have been decimated by the injury bug. Manager Darin Erstad is doing his best to work with what he has.
Unfortunately for the Huskers, the Big Ten Conference tournament is different in baseball than basketball. Only the top eight teams make it into the double-elimination tourney. The Huskers sit at tenth in the conference, only a game and a half behind Michigan State for the eight spot, with Rutgers sitting right there with them.
With football recruiting really heating up this week, Scott Frost got a lot of offers out. They range from big names to prospects from the Class of 2021. Two recruits with Huskers bloodlines were offered this week as well.
Cornerback Javin Wright is a three-star Class of 2019 prospect out of Arizona. Javin is the son of former Nebraska and NFL defensive back Toby Wright, who was a Blackshirt in the 1990’s. Javin also has offers from UCLA, Arizona and Louisville.
Another legacy recruit to be offered by the Huskers this week was Class of 2021 quarterback Jake Garcia. Jake is the son of former Husker Randy Garcia, who was a backup quarterback in the 1970’s. Jake has offers from Indiana and San Jose State, along with interest from TCU and Texas Tech.
Runaway Rebel Receives Waiver
While everyone heard the official news about Shea Patterson being immediately eligible, it left many Nebraska fans wondering: what does this mean for Breon Dixon?
Dixon, a former four-star linebacker recruit, decided to leave Ole Miss amid NCAA investigation. While he had many suitors on the transfer market, he was sold on Scott Frost and the Huskers.
While he has been practicing with the team and played well in the spring game, the NCAA had yet to officially rule on his eligibility for the upcoming season. Lucky for the Huskers, the NCAA finally made a good decision on Thursday evening by granting Dixon immediate availability to play.
What does this mean for the defense in 2019? Well, that will have to wait until next week when I break down the Huskers’ linebacking corps. Early hint: it’s good he got his waiver and he will contribute immediately.
Eager Nebrasketball Commit
Scott Frost wasn’t the only Huskers coach to receive good news on Thursday evening. Three-star combo guard Amir Harris announced via Twitter that he was committing to play for Nebraska. Wright initially had his commitment scheduled for Saturday, but I guess he couldn’t wait to officially play for the Big Red.
The Maryland native is part of the 2018 class and will come to Lincoln this fall. Harris also had offers from Auburn, Rhode Island and Oklahoma State. Harris is a big point guard at 6-foot-5 and is capable of doing everything on the court. He averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 assists, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game his senior season.