You'd be surprised how effective the Nebraska football staff has been recruiting despite going 9-15 over head coach Scott's Frost's first two years. Frost and his staff are clearly selling their vision and potential good things to come. It's also important to note that some of the best players from this past season have large chunks of their careers in front of them to assist in accomplishing bigger goals.
The goal is to win championships, after all. And players appear to be buying what Frost is selling despite the rocky start to his tenure as the Huskers' head man.
Nebraska's 2020 class currently ranks 20th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten overall according to the 247Sports Composite Index as of this writing. That leads most West division teams despite having fewer commitments. The lone exception being Illinois (12) who currently has the conference's lowest-ranked class.
A few of the crown jewels so far include Alabama quarterback Logan Smothers, who's been committed since July 2018. Offensive tackle Turner Corcoran ranks as the fourth-best player at his position. Oklahoma running back Sevion Morrison continues to rack up award after award while safety Henry Gray has shown himself to be the type of defensive back position coach Travis Fisher greatly desires.
Wide receiver Zavier Betts, Nebraska's best in-state prospect, won't be signing during the early period as he has some academics to get in order. But he's been solidly in the Huskers' corner since committing in April. Omar Manning, the No. 1 junior college wide receiver in the nation and No. 2 overall junior college prospect overall, committed last Friday evening.
The Big Red began addressing outside linebacker with the addition of four-star Keyshawn Greene, a former Florida State Seminole commit. The position was a major liability last season and Nebraska is racking up some fantastic additions that would provide significant talent injections. He is joined by Eteva Mauga-Clements, Jimari Butler, and junior college transfer Niko Cooper.
With Nebraska looking to complete a class that figures to number in the mid-to-high 20s, the Huskers once again have a good base to build upon. But that could grow into an even more impressive haul quickly with some help tomorrow.
Here's what the best possible outcome for Frost and Big Red fans would be after the Early Signing Period festivities come to an end:
*Of course, all expected National Letters of Intent come in as anticipated. A nice drama-free moment there.
*With the need for immediate impact receivers regardless of whether or not JD Spielman is a part of the team as a senior come next fall, Nebraska works its Floridian connections to land former Miami commit Marcus Fleming. The four-star prospect will have chosen the Huskers over all three major Sunshine State programs along with fellow Big Ten school Maryland and the Georgia Bulldogs.
*Former Colorado commit Julius Coates gives Nebraska a powerful defensive end prospect that can step in to help ease the loss of Khalil and Carlos Davis. He's joined by Pheldarius Payne, a junior college transfer who decommitted from NC State.
*Outside linebacker Kaden Johnson pledges to roam the outskirts of defensive coordinator Erik Chinander's second level. In a double whammy, the Big Red would be besting fellow Big Ten West opponents Wisconsin and Minnesota for Johnson's services.
*Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher again proves he's worth his weight in gold by securing two more major prospects. The first is another former Hurricane commitment in four-star safety Jaiden Francois with the second being current Oregon commit and Oklahoma native Myles Slusher.