S tay updated with Nebraska Cornhuskers football recruiting in the latest edition of The Harvest, which posts at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Be sure to check out previous editions of The Harvest here.
2019 athlete Garrett Snodgrass commits to Nebraska
Garrett Snodgrass stood on the Memorial Stadium field last Friday before Nebraska took on Iowa. He had won a state title on that turf just four days earlier. He had news for Mike Riley, the former Huskers coach who was let go less than 24 hours after the season ended. Snodgrass would become the Huskers’ second commit in the 2019 class.
The recruiting process moved quickly for Snodgrass. Riley informed Snodgrass’ father, Glenn, the coach at York High School, that the Huskers were making an offer. That came right before the championship game Monday. As we detailed last week, Glenn kept it a secret until after York won 31-0 to secure the school’s first state title.
“It’s amazing to be able to have the opportunity to go to a school like Nebraska,” Snodgrass told Mike Matya of HuskerOnline.com. “It’s such a great football program. You know, they’ve got the best facilities in the country.
“Since I have been little, I have thought about how cool it would be to play for the Huskers, and then when other schools started recruiting me I kind of got away from that a little bit. I started looking at what’s best for me and my future and then Nebraska offered me. So, I think that going to school at Nebraska for four or five years will be the best for me and my future.”
Snodgrass’ York teammate, Masry Mapieu, is a longtime Nebraska commit. The former coaching staff was introduced to Snodgrass during its recruitment of Mapieu.
“I guess they really believed in me since then,” he said.
Snodgrass has been on several unofficial visits to Lincoln throughout the years.
“I have been on a ton of visits [to Lincoln] since then and they have really been interested in me, and then they offered me,” Snodgrass said. “So, it was good.”
South Dakota and South Dakota State offered Snodgrass before the Huskers made a move, but Snodgrass said he was also drawing interest from Iowa State, Minnesota and Wyoming.
With the commitment, the Huskers now have two pledges in their 2019 class. Both commits are in-state products and both are named Garrett. Garrett Nelson, a 3-star linebacker from Scottsbluff, is the state’s top prospect in the class and has been committed to Nebraska since June 24. Exactly five months later, Snodgrass, who is not yet rated by recruiting databases, joined him to give the future Nebraska coaching staff a solid foundation of in-state commits.
For reference, of the nine commits the school currently holds in the 2018 class, two are from the state.
Snodgrass played quarterback and linebacker. His running skills are impressive. He’d often receive a snap, wait for the play to develop, pick a hole and hit it. Along the way, he almost always breaks a tackle or two, if the defense is lucky. Watch his junior highlights below:
Of course, whichever offensive system arrives at Nebraska almost certainly will not employ Snodgrass in that manner. He told Matya the old staff recruited him as a tight end or H-back, and it’s possible that he’ll move to linebacker.
Since the staff Snodgrass committed to was shown the door, obvious questions arose about his commitment status. According to this tweet I was tagged in, he seems pretty solid.
Blackshirt all the way ☠️
— Garrett Nelson (@gnelson763) November 25, 2017
Cameron Jurgens takes official visit to LSU
The same day Nebraska fired Riley, 4-star Nebraska commit Cameron Jurgens was down in the bayou for an official visit at LSU. The Tigers throttled Texas A&M 45-21 under the lights, providing one of the best atmospheres in all of college football.
Jurgens, who is from Beatrice, Neb., is the state’s top-ranked prospect in the 2018 class and is the second-highest rated player currently pledged to the Huskers behind Joshua Moore. He has been committed to the Huskers for more than two years, announcing his choice on Aug. 6, 2015. According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Jurgens is the sixth-ranked tight end in the country and the No. 181 overall player.
There shouldn’t be too much concern for Nebraska fans about this visit. The Tigers already have a solid commit at H-back, which basically operates as a tight end in the LSU offense. This was Jurgens’ first visit outside of Nebraska this season.
Given Jurgens’ extremely early commitment, he never went through the whole recruiting process of being wooed and taking visits. An injury cut his senior season short, but he’s still a well-regarded prospect. At the end of the day, Jurgens is a safe bet to honor his commitment to Nebraska.
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