Nebraska recruiting: 5 in-state prospects to watch in 2019

Nebraska wrapped up its 2018 recruiting class on National Signing Day with 24 recruits signed to the class. Of that group, the Huskers added only one in-state prospect: 4-star Cameron Jurgens from Beatrice, Neb.

The Huskers appear to have a deeper 2019 in-state recruiting class to pull from and are off to a good start doing so. Nebraska has commitments from York athlete  Garrett Snodgrass  and Scottsbluff outside linebacker  Garrett Nelson .

Which in-state prospects could Nebraska tab next in 2019? Here are five targets to watch:

ILB Nick Henrich

Hometown: Omaha

High school: Burke

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 200 pounds

Rating: 4-star, No. 2 player in Nebraska, No. 7 inside linebacker in the nation

Overview: Nick Henrich holds an impressive collection of offers already, including ones from Nebraska, Florida, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Penn State, and Iowa. The Huskers will have competition to secure Henrich’s commitment.

In his junior season, Henrich tallied 119 tackles, 11 sacks and a forced fumble.

TE Chris Hickman

Hometown: Omaha

High school: Burke

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 180 pounds

Rating: 4-star, No. 1 player in Nebraska, No. 9 tight end in the nation

Overview: Chris Hickman holds 10 offers, including those from Nebraska, Ole Miss, Wisconsin and others. Just as with his teammate Henrich, Nebraska will have plenty of work ahead to get a commitment from Hickman.

As a junior, Hickman played on both sides of the ball. At tight end, he had 24 receptions, 575 yards and 8 touchdowns. On defense, Hickman had 46 tackles and 6 sacks.

RB Zander Gray

Hometown: Omaha

High school: Omaha North

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 225 pounds

Rating: Not yet rated

Overview: Running back Zander Gray only just one offer so far. South Dakota offered on Dec. 12, 2017.

Gray is expected to receive more attention at both running back and linebacker, especially heading into his senior season in 2018. As a junior, Gray posted 1,707 yards (8.6 yards per carry) and 25 touchdowns. That included receptions on a game-winning 80-yard drive against Kearney (Neb.) in the Class A state final.

OL Ryan Bena

Hometown: Omaha

High school: Creighton Prep

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 245 pounds

Rating: Not yet rated

Overview: Ryan Bena doesn’t have any offers or a 247Sports recruiting profile. That’s not a reason to write the offensive lineman from Creighton Prep off just yet. He took an unofficial visit to Iowa State last December, and offers likely will start to come for him soon.

For now, MaxPreps ranks him as the No. 16 athlete in Nebraska.

OL Ethan Piper

Hometown: Norfolk

High school: Norfolk Catholic

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 265 pounds

Rating: Not yet rated

Overview: Like Bena, Ethan Piper doesn’t have a 247Sports profile. However, he has offers from Iowa and Ohio.

As a junior, Piper recorded 103 tackles (43 unassisted, 60 assists) and 8 sacks. He also helped lead Norfolk Catholic to a Class C-1 state championship. He benches 330 pounds, boasts a 40-yard dash time just under 5 seconds and has a 31-inch vertical jump. As he starts to get more attention from Power 5 programs, it wouldn’t be surprising if Piper is recruited as a defensive tackle.

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