First, it was “Calibraska.” No, Huskers fans weren’t the biggest fans of Mike Riley and his three-year tenure in general, but the program’s penchant for recruiting California hard was a particularly sore subject. But the reality is that top programs in the Midwest don’t have all of their top players from the region. That’s where Florida comes in for Scott Frost and his staff.
But ditch the four-syllable mad-lib moniker. Three syllables are all that’s required, according to 3-star signee Miles Jones, who was one of eight Florida natives to sign with Nebraska in the 2018 recruiting class.
“We say Flobraska,” Jones says in his cool teen voice.
Doesn’t that roll off the tongue smoother? Just go with the flow, if you’re catching Jones’ drift.
Jones credits C.J. Smith, a fellow 2018 signee and a safety from West Palm Beach, Fla., as the creator of Flobraska. Search the #FLOBRASKA hashtag on Twitter, and you’ll find tweets from 2018 Florida recruits pumping out the phrase.
— Floribraska (@SportsWriterGuy) January 25, 2018
It’s FLOBRASKA ⚪️ that floribraska don’t even sound right 🤷♂️
— Cj Smith (@Cj_Csmith) January 25, 2018
don’t try so hard just go with the “FLO” 🤷♂️⚪️ #FLOBRASKA
— Cj Smith (@Cj_Csmith) January 25, 2018
Floribraska is actually the name of a major street that runs through Tampa, (receiver and early enrollee Justin McGriff is a Tampa native), but there won’t be reason for confusion. Flobraska is the future.
Jones said he believes Florida will be a key state for the Huskers — particularly special teams coordinator, outside linebackers coach and area recruiter Jovan Dewitt — in recruiting future classes, too.
“Florida has a lot of talent,” Jones told Land of 10. “Florida to Nebraska isn’t really heard of.”
But in the future of the program, that may change. Jones realizes that it will be up to the Florida natives in this first class of the Frost era to pave the way for the pipeline.
“If we produce when we get there, we’ll have a lot of pull,” Jones said. “Florida has really good talent. So bringing that talent to Nebraska will help out even more.”
Outside of Jones (Fort Lauderdale), Smith and McGriff, the other Nebraska signees from Florida in this class are wide receiver Mike Williams (Lakeland), defensive back Deontai Williams (Jacksonville), cornerback Braxton Clark (Orlando), Dominick Watt (Hollywood) and tackle Willie Canty (Belle Glade).
Jones said the Florida natives, some of whom have gotten to know each other and communicate because of their Florida-to-Nebraska connection in the last couple of months, realize they have a chance to build something special in Lincoln. The potential future success can play well in the Sunshine State.
“It’s a good opportunity,” Jones said. “We definitely feel special about it. And then having the chance to also be part of one of the best football programs in the country and then bring it back how it used to be in the ’90s. That’s a good opportunity. It’s just special.”
Canty played against Smith in high school. When Smith, the first commit of the Frost era, realized Canty was strongly considering Nebraska, they connected through mutual friends and Smith turned up the heat on the offensive lineman.
Canty also said a Flobraska pipeline would be beneficial for both prospects and for the program. His host during his official visit, fellow Florida native Willie Hampton, said there would be a need for more Florida guys.
“‘It would make things a lot more interesting,’ [Hampton] said, and I was like, ‘Yeah, you’re right,'” Canty said. “So I was like all right I’m going to bring my Florida edge up there.”
If fans think the weather will be a factor in recruiting prospects from Florida, that hasn’t been the case. McGriff, who visited, committed, signed and enrolled at Nebraska in the span of about three weeks, had his reservations — but said he would get over it.
“It was eye-opening when I first got there, I’m not going to lie,” McGriff said.
Canty saw snow for the first time during his official visit the first weekend of February but that didn’t stop him from signing with the Huskers.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander commented about the reality of recruiting prospects from a place such as Florida to a Midwest program. The gist of his message? Recruiting against the weather is a non-factor.
“When I’m sitting in their homes,” Chinander said at a fan event in Grand Island, Neb., according to 247Sports, “I tell them, ‘Listen, guys, I live in Orlando, but I’m from the Midwest. I understand the weather is 70 and sunny here. But I’m just going to tell you this: When you go to the Midwest, you’re never going to call home and say, Mom, it sucks here, the people are too nice. Mom, it sucks here, I feel too safe at night. Mom, it sucks here, these people want to take care of me and it’s too good. It’s never going to happen.’
“So I think that they understand. If that’s what they really want to do is live in Florida and live in the sun, they can do that four years. But if they want a great education, with some great people, and have a great experience in college football, time to come to Nebraska for a few years.”
Just go with the Flo(braska).
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