Recruiting: Nebraska coaches work on 2022 class even as they finish push for 2019

December 4, 2018

“We’re ahead. Let’s stay ahead.”

Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco spoke those words last month about his position, which has commits for the Classes of 2019 (Luke McCaffrey out of Colorado) and 2020 (Logan Smothers out of Alabama). And Verduzco is already looking at prospects for 2021 and beyond.

So while Husker coaches are currently rounding out their 2019 class, they’ve also begun work on 2020 and are looking even further down the road.

There have been at least 36 scholarship offers extended to 2021 players, and now the first offers to the 2022 class have gone out as well.

There were three targets from the St. Louis area who announced offers on social media in recent days. Here’s a look at each, all of whom are likely to be national recruits from an area that has recently generated elite-level talent:

Luther Burden, WR, St. Louis Cardinal Ritter: The 6-foot, 180-pounder earned his first offer from Missouri in October, and Southern Miss was his second before the Huskers extended one Thursday. Senior teammate and wideout Jameson Williams is an Ohio State commit. Burden made nine catches for 177 yards in the Class 3 state semifinal and ended his freshman season with 48 grabs for 1,191 yards and 13 touchdowns in 13 games.

Kevin Coleman, WR, St. Louis St. Mary’s: Missouri offered him Wednesday morning, and Illinois did the same in the afternoon for his first scholarships. Nebraska was No. 3 on Friday for the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder. Coleman logged 47 catches for 1,045 yards and 10 scores in 11 contests. He found the end zone 18 times overall when factoring in rushes and returns.

Arlen Harris Jr., RB/ATH, St. Peters (Mo.) Lutheran: He received his Nebraska offer Friday, two days after Illinois became his first. The son of former NFL running back Arlen Harris rushed for 1,017 yards (9.2 per carry) and 19 touchdowns in his varsity debut, adding 14 catches for 200 yards and a score. At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, he also mixed in 20 tackles and a pick-six on defense.

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