Recruiting ticker: Huskers looking for length on the defensive line; Frost sees Georgia WR
Nebraska fans don’t have to look any further back than Friday to know what kind of havoc a long, rangy defensive line can stir up.
Iowa rolled out a series of 6-foot-6 or taller players like A.J. Epenesa, Anthony Nelson, Parker Hesse and on down the line that were able to get hands on the NU offensive linemen — and most others they faced this season — and either control a gap or get into the backfield.
The Huskers have some guys coming back for 2019 that can be disruptive — Carlos and Khalil Davis, for example — but coach Scott Frost has been realistic throughout his first year about the kinds of body types that NU has up front.
He readily admitted that Michigan just looked different. He referred to Wisconsin’s Isaiahh Loudermilk as one of the biggest persons he’d ever seen. He had similar comments about Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa, dropping the line on Black Friday, “What disturbs me is, right now, Iowa is a bigger, stronger football team. That’s right now. I never thought I’d see or hear that — or say that — about a Nebraska football team. That we can fix. We can get bigger, we can get stronger.”
It’s easy to see the path the Huskers are trying to walk to get there, too, especially up front. Look at the defensive ends they signed in 2018 in Tate Wildeman (6-5, 275) and Casey Rogers (6-4, 275). So far in 2019 they have a space-eater inside in juco defensive tackle Tony Fair (6-3, 330) and a little bit of a tweener in Mosai Newsom (6-3, 260) and Ethan Piper (6-4, 280), who could potentially play either side.
But they’re certainly after more length. Four-star Ty Robinson (Gilbert, Arizona) might be the very top of the Huskers’ remaining wish list at 6-6 and 285. Three-star Brant Banks (Houston) goes 6-7 and 280. Smith Vilbert, who Mike Dawson visited Tuesday in New Jersey before he heads to see Robinson, is 6-7 and 250. Erik Chinander late Tuesday night offered juco defensive end Datona Jackson (College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California), who’s listed at 6-5 and 260.
Length, length, length.
After talking to @CoachChinander I am glad to know that I have received my first BIG Ten offer from Nebraska @GregBiggins@BrandonHuffman@JuCoFootballACE@JUCOFFrenzy@GridironRR@JuCoFootballACE@adamgorneypic.twitter.com/jW94X18GnF — Datona (@DatonaJackson) November 28, 2018
Frost sees Georgia WR: Scott Frost flew from the Atlanta area to Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday morning to see 2019 receiver Winston Wright.
The three-star from Memorial Day School verbally committed to West Virginia in July.
The Huskers are clearly still looking at skill position players and receiver types. Running backs coach Ryan Held reportedly met with Kentucky verbal commit Wandale Robinson in Frankfort, Kentucky, on Tuesday night, after spending a chunk of the day recruiting the Cincinnati area.
Currently, NU has Jamie Nance (Blanchard, Oklahoma) and Darien Chase (Vancouver, Washington) committed to play wide receiver in the 2019 class.
Wright is listed at 5-10 and 170 pounds.
According to the Savannah Morning News, Wright caught, returned and rushed for touchdowns in a recent state quarterfinal win, hauling in touchdown grabs of 65 and 48, returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown and rushing for another. Memorial Day then bowed out in the semifinals on Nov. 23.
A couple of Husker verbal commits in the Atlanta region tweeted about their in-home visits from Monday and Tuesday: