As Bob Dylan once sang, The times, they are a-changin’.
That’s true in all aspects of the Nebraska football program right now, especially recruiting.
Currently, Nebraska holds 10 commitments in its 2018 class, picking up three since Sunday night, following a key weekend of official visitors. But the staff likely will need to grow the class to more than 20 commitments.
That leaves Scott Frost and the new Huskers coaching staff with plenty of work to do. It also leaves Land of 10 with plenty of room to predict the next Huskers recruiting class. This will be drastically different from the one we published in November, since we were operating under the assumption it would be Mike Riley’s recruiting class.
Now, let’s take a look at the how the class may look on offense.
Quarterback (1): 4-star Adrian Martinez
Nebraska isn’t desperate for a quarterback in the 2018 recruiting class, but it could really, really use one, especially a prospect such as Martinez. With a new offense to be installed throughout the offseason, Scott Frost needs a quarterback who uses both his arm and his legs. Martinez fits that mold and is the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in this class, according to the 247Sports composite.
Martinez officially visited Nebraska over the weekend. Everything from the campus to the coaching staff to the facilities left a favorable mark on Martinez.
Things are trending in the right direction for Martinez and Nebraska.
Running back (3): 3-star Greg Bell, 3-star Jeremy Banks, 3-star Javian Hawkins
Similar to the quarterback situation, none of the players listed above are committed to Nebraska, leaving the Huskers lacking any running backs at the moment. That can change quickly, though. Greg Bell was one of the official visitors over the weekend. The JUCO product from Arizona Western is expected to sign during the early signing period, so expect a decision from him soon.
Jeremy Banks was a target of the former staff but offensive line coach Greg Austin checked in with him for an in-home visit last week. Banks said he enjoyed his official visit to Nebraska in November, saying he “didn’t want to leave.” The Cordova, Tenn., player recently picked up an offer from Tennessee, and Ole Miss has been a front-runner for him all along. Banks, at 6-foot-2, would give the rushing attack balance with his power style.
Javian Hawkins is committed to Louisville, but the Nebraska staff must believe they can flip him. He is a prototypical back who could be used in both the rushing and passing game. The No. 26 all-purpose back in the country, Hawkins will be on campus this weekend, providing Nebraska with a chance to sell the Huskers. Hawkins was high on UCF when the staff was coaching there.
Wide receiver (5): 3-star Jaron Woodyard, 3-star Justin McGriff, 3-star Joshua Fleeks, 3-star Katerian LeGrone, 3-star Dominick Watt
Wide receiver might be the position group prepared for the greatest overhaul and the highest number of commits in this class. Notice how I did not include 4-star wide receiver Cameron Brown. He’s committed to Nebraska, but it has been widely speculated he ultimately will wind up elsewhere.
Two of these mentioned prospects, Jaron Woodyard and Justin McGriff, committed to the Huskers following their official visits last weekend. They are safe bets when it comes to solid commits in this class, and Woodyard will sign early as a junior college transfer. He’s actually a teammate of Greg Bell at Arizona Western. McGriff flipped his commitment from UCF to Nebraska on Monday, deciding to play under the staff that recruited the Tampa, Fla., native to Orlando.
Joshua Fleeks picked up an offer from the new Nebraska staff almost immediately after the coaches arrived from UCF. The Baylor commit also took an official visit to Nebraska last weekend. Now, he has indicated he no longer will sign during the early signing period and will weigh all of his options.
Similar to McGriff, Katerian Legrone is a UCF commit and was one of the first Knights commits to pick up a Nebraska offer. He will take an official visit with the Huskers this weekend. Can the staff succeed in flipping another wide receiver commit?
The new Nebraska staff also is familiar with Dominick Watt because of their Florida recruiting connections. A native of Hollywood, Fla., Watt also will be on campus this weekend for his official visit.
Tight end (1): 3-star Cameron Jurgens
One of a few commits Frost and the new staff likely will inherit is Cameron Jurgens, the state of Nebraska’s top-ranked player and currently the highest-rated in their class. Jurgens took an official visit to LSU a couple of weekends ago, but Huskers fans should not fret too much about the status of his commitment. Although he built a deep bond with the former coaching staff, Frost and a couple of other staff members went to Jurgens’ home for a visit last week.
Offensive line (2): 3-star Hamilton Hall, 3-star Will Farniok
Nebraska coaches would like it if this number were somewhat higher. There’s a chance it will increase, but it’s not looking that way right now. South Dakotan Will Farniok is expected to command an interior line position, possibly center, and might sign early. Hamilton Hall, from Atlanta, seemed excited about the Nebraska offer and has scheduled a visit for early February, right before National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
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