Nebraska hit on a lot of its top recruiting targets in the 2019 recruiting class.
But a few got away, and a number of them play a similar position: pass rusher.
Here are a few misses the Huskers had during the 2019 recruiting cycle:
WR, Wayne (N.J.) Hills High School
Signed with: UCLA
The Huskers seemed to have the big-bodied receiver in the class until a late official visit to the Bruins turned the tide. Njoku would have been a nice red-zone option for Nebraska’s offense.
OLB, Pittsburg (Kan.) High School
Signed with: TCU
Jordan is a stud on the field, but off-the-field issues — which Jordan admitted — kept his recruitment cool for months. Nebraska finished second to the Horned Frogs, but there probably wasn’t enough time for coaches to develop full trust in Jordan’s situation. He’ll be good in college if he has everything in order.
OLB, Dallas South Oak Cliff High School
Signed with: Kansas
The Huskers had an uphill climb with Parker, who eventually picked the school that hired his favorite coach. Nebraska nearly won the battle, and would have, had it not been for that connection.
OLB, Independence (Kan.) Community College
Signed with: Georgia
Johnson came on an unofficial visit to Nebraska but ultimately picked the SEC power Bulldogs, where he’ll have to fight for playing time instead of starting right away, as he probably would have at NU.
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DE, Wichita (Kan.) Northwest High School
Signed with: Oklahoma
The Sooners tend to own Wichita’s recruiting scene, and Nebraska was not able to edge in on what could be an excellent pass-rushing prospect. Hicks committed to Oklahoma early in the cycle.
OLB, Lakeland (Fla.) High School
Signed with: Florida
Nebraska went all-in on Summerall, coaxing him to Lincoln for an official visit and then making several visits to him during the December contact period. NU didn’t win this round, but it’s a good idea to get acquainted with the Lakeland talent. There are often excellent players coming out of the school.
WR, St. Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic High School
Signed with: Texas
There’s a talent renaissance in St. Louis right now, and coach Scott Frost probably isn’t going to miss the wave again after this season. In the case of Washington, he decommitted from Ohio State, took an official visit to NU and ultimately picked the Longhorns. It’s a good pick — Texas has done well with big-bodied receivers — but Nebraska could have used Washington almost immediately.
CB, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Coconut Creek High School
Signed with: Indiana
The Huskers lost one straight up to the Hoosiers. Mullen is a little undersized (5-10, 180 pounds), but he’s a natural cover corner, like Dicaprio Bootle, and would have been a good asset in the Nebraska program. Kudos to Indiana.
RB, Wichita (Kan.) Northwest High School
Signed with: Iowa State
The Huskers may kick themselves on this one. Hall, the stepson of former Nebraska I-back Jeff Smith, posted back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons at Northwest and will play in the All-American Bowl. The Cyclones are getting his services.