Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Nebraska Cornhuskers recruiting class.
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This was the class Nebraska has been waiting for. The Husker recruiting classes over the years have been fine, and last year’s was more than solid, but this one might just take things to a whole other level. At least, that’s the hope.
Scott Frost has the pitch. He has the fun offense, the stability of being at his dream job, and the upside of being the hot coach at the reloading program. He was obviously able to sell it, getting the types of prospects the Huskers haven’t had for a while.
Last year, Frost was able to help convert a slew of Florida guys he went after at UCF. The 2018 class had six signings from the Sunshine State. This year’s class? Zero. He didn’t get anyone from Florida, and in terms of talent, it didn’t matter.
You have to be able to recruit nationally at Nebraska, and Frost was able to do that at a higher level. Loosely ranked, the top ten prospects coming in are from nine different states.
So where’s all the talent? Offensive line. The Huskers are getting the skill guys to run the Frost attack, but the team needs to get a whole lot more physical. Last year’s class was about the speed – loading up at receiver and with just two running backs. This one was about the infrastructure, bringing in six O linemen.
Where will Wandale Robinson play? Everywhere. He could be to Nebraska what Rondale Moore was for Purdue last year. Frost flipped the Kentucky native from UK, and now he’ll be a really, really fun weapon to be used in the attack.
The instant star of the show might just be Dedrick Mills. The former Georgia Tech running back went the JUCO route, and now he should be the instant fill-in answer to take the pressure off of Adrian Martinez.
There aren’t any high-level quarterbacks in the class … maybe. Martinez is obviously the signature star for the next three seasons, but with his style, there’s always the worry that he’ll get banged up. Noah Vedral is still around, but can Luke McCaffrey be a possible option if needed? He’s a dual-threat playmaker who fits the system, but his immediate future might be as a jack-of-all-trades receiver to get him on the field.
Is this the class that’s going to ensure a College Football Playoff spot? That’s a stretch, but considering the Big Ten West doesn’t come up with big-time recruiting hauls, it’s the best class in the division. The needle was already pointing up, and now Frost has shown he’s ready to make Nebraska a true threat for the Big Ten title in a big hurry.