With a brand-new head coach in town, Nebraska fans are feeling as optimistic about the future of the program as they have felt in a long time. And while Scott Frost may technically be a newcomer to the program this fall, the former Nebraska quarterback will be the new face of the program moving forward. But it will ultimately be up to the players recruited by Frost to help do their part in getting Nebraska back to competing for conference and national titles.
Frost got right to work with recruiting at Nebraska while also preparing UCF for the Fiesta Bowl, and his first recruiting class in Lincoln has some players worth keeping tabs on this fall. A few may even play significant roles in getting Nebraska back to where it wants to be.
Adrian Martinez, QB
Another Martinez running the offense in Lincoln? You bet. The first major recruiting win for Scott Frost came in the first signing period with the commitment of the four-star quarterback from Fresno, California. The dual-threat option is already enrolled and ready for spring practices, and that could lead to the possibility of seeing him on the field this fall.
Cameron Jurgens, TE
Get ready to see plenty of connections between Adrian Martinez and his new big tight end target. A four-star tight end, Jurgens should be used in a variety of ways on the field by Frost as he helps to be a reliable asset that can take the attention away from receivers. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound talent was the top recruit in the state of Nebraska, scoring another nice little win for Frost early on.
Tate Wildeman, DE/Caleb Tannor, DE
We’re going to cheat here and label these two players alongside each other. Both are four-star prospects according to 247Sports and they are right beside each other in the position rankings. Both could work their way into the defensive line picture at about the same time and they could potentially form a nice duo on both ends of the line during their time in Lincoln if all goes according to plan. Wildeman may get the first crack on the line at some point, but each could bring something to deal with for opposing offensive line sin the Big Ten.
Maurice Washington, RB
Nebraska has four-star recruits at quarterback and tight end, and they also have a four-star talent at running back with Washington. The Texas native should add some spice to the running back position in Lincoln, one that could use a mild jolt behind a rejuvenated offensive line.
Cam’ron Jones, S
Nebraska’s passing defense has left something to be desired lately, so adding a four-star safety into the backfield is always good news. Jones may even get a chance to compete for some playing time as early as this fall, although he will likely be ready to make a serious run at a starting job starting in 2019 if things don’t quite pan out this year.
— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. McGuire also contributes to College Football Talk and The Comeback as well as hosts the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFB and Like him on Facebook.