It had been more than two months since a recruit committed to the Nebraska football program. That changed Sunday night, when Nebraska picked up the first commitment with Scott Frost as coach. Since then, the Huskers have picked up three more commitments, bringing the total number to 11. But the gains came at a cost, with 4-star wide receiver Joshua Moore de-committing Sunday before the slew of commitments arrived.
The commitments are thanks to a successful weekend of official visits. Nebraska hosted six prospects last weekend and four of them have already given their commitment to the Huskers. There are surely to be more commitments following this weekend, when Nebraska will host more recruits. This is all in advance of the early signing period, which is from Dec. 20-22, when Nebraska hopes to secure several signatures to account for a solid foundation in the 2018 recruiting class.
At the moment, Frost and his staff hold commitments from five 4-star commits and six 3-star pledges.
Where the Nebraska recruiting class ranks
For the first time in months, the Nebraska recruiting class finally climbed in the rankings this week. Commitments will tend to do that. Nebraska rose in the national rankings by 21 spots, from 75th to 54th. However, the Huskers still find themselves toward the bottom of the Big Ten in the rankings. Although they are no longer in the cellar, Nebraska ranks 13th in the conference as of Friday.
Latest news for Nebraska recruiting
Joshua Moore de-committed from the Huskers, but thanked the fans for their support.
C.J. Smith became the first commit under Frost on Sunday. He was joined by Jaron Woodyard later that night and Justin McGriff on Monday night. McGriff, a former UCF commit, credited his flip to Nebraska due to his familiarity with the coaching staff.
Nebraska got its potential quarterback of the future when Adrian Martinez committed on Wednesday night. The Huskers’ final push and a strong official visit pushed them over the edge to flip the 4-star dual-threat quarterback from Tennessee. Martinez vowed to fans that Nebraska will return to winning ways and his high school coach feels he will be a perfect fit for the offense.
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Offers by the numbers:
- Reported offers: 241
- In-state recruits offered: 3
- California recruits offered: 37
- Texas recruits offered: 37
- Florida recruits offered: 45
- Georgia recruits offered: 17
- Missouri recruits offered: 11
Nebraska recruiting class: 2018 commits
QB Adrian Martinez, 4 stars, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.)
TE Cameron Jurgens, 4 stars, Beatrice (Neb.)
S C.J. Smith 4 stars, Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
WR Cameron Brown, 4 stars, Christian Brothers College (St. Louis)
DE Tate Wildeman, 4 stars, Legend (Parker, Colo.)
DE David Alston, 3 stars, Woodbury (St. Paul, Minn.)
WR Jaron Woodyard, 3 stars, Arizona Western (C.C.) (Bethesda, Md.)
DT Masry Mapieu, 3 stars, York (Neb.)
C Will Farniok, 3 stars, Washington (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
WR Justin McGriff, 3 stars, Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.)
K Barret Pickering, 2 stars, Hoover (Ala.)
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S John Huggins, 3 stars, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Nebraska has been in the market for a safety this entire cycle and it looks like Huggins will fill that need. After receiving a Nebraska offer over the weekend, the former Florida State commit named the Huskers his leader. Another late offer from the new coaching staff at Florida, in addition to the Seminoles bringing in Willie Taggart, will give the Huskers plenty of competition to secure Huggins’ commitment, even if they are his favorite. Huggins took an official visit to Louisville last weekend and will see the Gators this weekend. It’s likely Nebraska will host him for a visit in January, but there are plenty of contenders for Huggins, who can also play cornerback.
RB Jeremy Banks, 3 stars, Cordova, Tenn.
With no running back in this class and room for a younger back with a chance for significant playing time on the roster, Banks fits in nicely for the Huskers. A large frame (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) means he will project as a power back, and he has a running style that would conform naturally into the Big Ten. Banks seemed to enjoy his official visit on Nov. 4 so much that he said he hopes to return for an unofficial visit before making his decision. Offensive line coach Greg Austin visited him at his home last week.
RB Greg Bell, 3 stars, Chula Vista, Calif.
Bell has emerged as one of the top running back targets for the new staff. He was a teammate of Woodyard’s at Arizona Western and thoroughly enjoyed his official visit to Nebraska last weekend. The No. 4 JUCO running back in this class will next officially visit Tennessee before making his decision. Bell likes that he can step in right away in the Nebraska offense as a do-it-all back who can basically line up anywhere in the formation.
WR Tommy Bush, 4 stars, Schertz, Texas
The former Nebraska staff identified Bush as a top target. Clearly, the new staff feels the same way. Over the course of one week, the Huskers conducted an in-home visit with Bush on two occasions. They will face plenty of competition for one of the most coveted receiver prospects in the country, but will have time to make their case. Bush does not plan on signing until National Signing Day in February.
Nebraska commits position breakdown
Here is a breakdown of the number of commitments at each position.
QB: 1 (Martinez)
WR : 3 (Brown, McGriff, Woodyard)
OL: 1 (Farniok)
TE: 1 (Jurgens)
WDE: 2 (Wildeman, Alston)
DT: 1 (Mapieu)
S: 1 (Smith)
K: 1 (Pickering)
Geographical breakdown of Nebraska football commits
Here is a breakdown of Nebraska’s 2018 commits by state.
South Dakota: 1
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