The recruiting situation at Nebraska is in flux. Mike Riley and his staff have been fired. All that’s left are for Trent Bray, who has been serving as the interim coach, and several recruiting staff members. The decision from athletic director Bill Moos not to retain any assistant coaches means the Huskers have not been on the road recruiting, while other programs began such endeavors Sunday evening. Bray and the remaining staff are working the phones from Lincoln and offering reassurances to the committed members of the 2018 class.
Once a new coach is hired and selects his staff, expect recruiting to pick up expeditiously. After all, there will probably be less than two weeks before the Dec. 17 quiet period in advance of the early signing period, which runs from Dec. 20-22. It would behoove the new Nebraska staff to convince as many commits as possible to sign during this time so they can grow the class in January with the peace of mind of having built a solid foundation.
Presently, the Huskers hold nine commits in the 2018 class, the fewest number of commits for a Big Ten program this recruiting cycle. That’s surely to change upon the arrival of the new staff. Nonetheless, the group includes four 4-star players and four 3-star prospects.
Here’s a look at where things stand with the Huskers’ 2018 class.
Where the Nebraska recruiting class ranks
Because of de-commitments and the inability to grow the class, Nebraska’s overall recruiting ranking in the Big Ten — and nationally — has diminished considerably over the last couple of weeks. As of Thursday, the Cornhuskers have the No. 14-ranked recruiting class in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports. The crop of prospects ranks 67th nationally.
Latest news for Nebraska recruiting
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With conference championship games on Saturday, Moos will have to move quickly after those contests wrap up to secure his next coach.
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The most recent player to join the 2018 group was 3-star defensive lineman David Alston, who announced his commitment Oct. 6.
Nebraska recruiting class: 2018 commits
WR Joshua Moore, 4 stars, Yoakum (Texas)
TE Cameron Jurgens 4 stars, Beatrice (Neb.)
ATH Mario Goodrich, 4 stars, Lee’s Summit West (Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
WR Cameron Brown, 4 stars, Christian Brothers College (St. Louis)
DE Tate Wildeman, 3 stars, Legend (Parker, Colo.)
DE David Alston, 3 stars, Woodbury (St. Paul, Minn.)
DT Masry Mapieu, 3 stars, York (Neb.)
C Will Farniok, 3 stars, Washington (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
K Barret Pickering, 2 stars, Hoover (Ala.)
Top uncommitted Nebraska football targets
Micah Parsons, 5 stars, Harrisburg, Pa.
Micah Parsons is the No. 5 player in the 2018 class and No. 1 weakside defensive end. Parsons committed to Penn State earlier this year but backed out a few months later. The Nittany Lions are in the running for him, as is Ohio State, with Nebraska right behind them. Three weeks ago, he admitted the uncertainty surrounding the future of the coaching staff at Nebraska made him “iffy.” He visited Nebraska for the Friday Night Lights Camp and took his official visit for the Wisconsin game. He took an official visit to Oklahoma on Oct. 28. He has announced he will commit on Dec. 20 during the early signing period.
WR Isaah Crocker, 4 stars, Sacramento, Calif.
The Cornhuskers are in the lead for Isaah Crocker, the No. 33 wide receiver in the 2018 class and No. 165 overall, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Crocker would be the third receiver commit in this class, joining Moore and Brown. A trio of 4-star receivers for Nebraska would be quite the haul, especially for a smaller class. It also would give the Huskers insurance if one of the other two current verbal commits backs off.
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 of 6-foot-2 and 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.
Nebraska commits position breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commitments at each position.
WR: 2 (Moore, Brown)
OL: 1 (Farniok)
TE: 1 (Jurgens)
WDE: 2 (Wildeman, Alston)
DT: 1 (Mapieu)
ATH: 1 (Goodrich)
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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