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Nebraska Recruiting: 2021 Prospects Primer

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Good morning faithful fans of football, Husker version! I hope this finds you all in good spirits and health. The current world situation has affected all of us, and football recruiting quite significantly. Offers are still going out, and calls are still being made, so let’s take a look at the recruiting movement or the lack thereof.

Nebraska’s recruiting strength is the on-campus visit. So with travel restrictions in place and in-home orders given, you can guess how many big happenings there have been in recruiting lately: yep, nothing. In fact, perhaps a net negative, because Avante Dickerson, top 2021 recruit in Nebraska, committed to the friggin’ Gophers. This one hurt, because he is a top 100 recruit, the 6th ranked cornerback in the nation, and with Lamar Jackson graduating, the defensive backfield has a big hole that needs filled.

Current Commitments

Randolph Kpai, Teddy Prochazka, Henry Lutovsky, Christopher Paul Jr are all currently committed to the Iron N. You can read about them here:

These are are all quality commitments, who are very solid in their decision, so that’s a good start. The 2021 class has slid to 36th, as no activity has taken place since the virus has taken center stage. Let’s take a look at who are the big targets and likely commitments at the various position groups.

Offensive Front

Thomas Fidone is a stellar tight end recruit that I see being a Husker, and a productive one.

AJ Rollins is another tight end recruit that likes Nebraska. The tight end room needs at least two commitments this class, and AJ very well could be the second.

There are many more tight end prospects, as that seems to be an area of focus for 2021 recruiting. I just can’t find much on offensive line targets. With top targets Lutovsky and Prochazka on board, the staff is pivoting to secondary prospects. I will catch you up on them next recruiting update!

Offensive Skill Positions

Keagan Johnson is a talented in-state wide receiver prospect that has a good relationship with Nebraska. His older brothers both played elsewhere and had good careers, so this isn’t necessarily a lock. He would be a great addition to the class.

Isaiah Brevard, a four star wide receiver out of Mississippi, has Nebraska in his top group. His crystal balls are trending Oregon and Ole Miss, however.

Caleb Berry is a big bodied, steamroller of a running back from Texas. He’s a bit under the radar and the coaching staff is quite high on his potential.

Cristian Dixon is another wide receiver target, who is out of California. New wide receivers assistant coach Matt Lubick has strong ties to the west coast high schools, giving Nebraska an advantage here.

Nebraska’s primary target at quarterback, Peter Costelli, just committed to Utah only days after telling reporters about the official visits he was planning for the summer. Who knows. It would appear that Nebraska might just take Kearney Catholic standout dual threat Heinrich Haarberg as a preferred walk-on and focus on 2022.

Defensive Front Seven

Seth Malcom is an outside linebacker from Iowa. He plays 8 man football, so you know he’s athletic and will be a fan favorite. He has offers from Iowa and Iowa State, but I see this one as a win for the good guys.

Omarion Fa’amoe is a nose tackle prospect from Utah. He visited campus last fall, and was very interested in what he saw. Although it’s always a tough pull to get the Polynesian guys off the west coast, Nebraska has a real shot here. Omarion has intimated that he’s willing to go to where the best opportunity is.

TJ Bollers is a highly ranked defensive end/outside linebacker from Iowa. Nebraska is in the running, but it appears Wisconsin is leading at this time. Once official visits are allowed again, I see Nebraska making up some ground here.

Defensive Backfield

Gabe Nealy is a long, tall prospect the staff is looking at taking on and developing. This safety prospect out of Miami has the Huskers high on his list.

Tommi Hill played wide receiver until last year, when he converted to cornerback. He has strong camps last summer, and Power Five coaches have started to take notice. The primary rival here is Arizona State.

Keuan Parker is a defensive back out of Oklahoma football powerhouse Booker T. Washington. Nebraska is in the running here, with competition from Baylor and Arkansas.

There are many many other offers out there, but these are the main names that are trending. This will give you a little something to focus on the next time you’re in a Netflix show hole. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay N!