Frost says 2019 recruiting class is a credit to the coaching staff
LINCOLN — Scott Frost said it more than once: He wanted to share credit where it was due.
When it comes to how Nebraska landed 23 scholarship players and eight walk-ons in the Class of 2019 Wednesday, there was plenty of credit to go around on the Husker coaching staff.
Take the case of Wandale Robinson. Frost said he “gave up” on the four-star running back/receiver when he committed to home-state Kentucky on Nov. 1. But offensive coordinator Troy Walters and running backs coach Ryan Held didn’t give up, and they eventually changed his mind.
The fact that NU went 5 for 5 on its in-state scholarship targets?
Frost said inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud is “the right guy to have in Nebraska” as a recruiter.
“My coaching staff has done a great job,” Frost said. “I hired the right guys when I got a job the first time (at UCF) and I’m grateful to those guys for the work that they’ve done.”
Frost praised the “unbelievable job” by tight ends coach Sean Beckton, whose connections in the Southeast landed three players from Georgia in the 2019 cycle. Ditto for the work of defensive line coach Mike Dawson for his above-and-beyond efforts to land four-star defensive end Ty Robinson that included getting to better know his mother and grandparents.
“I don’t know if I’ve seen one coach work as hard for one player as Coach Daws did to get Ty,” Frost said.
Nebraska signed four offensive linemen in Bryce Benhart, Michael Lynn, Matthew Anderson and Jimmy Fritzsche, who received a Clemson offer late last week before signing with the Huskers on Wednesday. Frost said O-line coach Greg Austin was pivotal in bringing all to Lincoln.
“I think Greg would sign 31 offensive linemen if he could,” Frost said with a smile. “I limit him a little bit. ... I think he did a great job.”
The coach also singled out quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco for his foresight in landing Luke McCaffrey at quarterback before he had ever been his Colorado high school’s full-time starter at the position.
He capped his 25-minute conference by naming recruiting staffers Sean Dillon, Ryan Callaghan and Trent Mossbrucker for their behind-the-scenes work.