The state of Nebraska has a top-50 national prospect for the 2020 recruiting class.
That’s Bellevue West wide receiver Zavier Betts, whom Rivals rates as the No. 44 player in the country. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Betts is one of two highly recruited Metro receivers in the 2020 recruiting class along with Omaha Burke’s Xavier Watts.
Betts, also the No. 11 wide receiver nationally, moved up 15 spots in the overall rankings from the version released before the season.
He’s the only recruit from Nebraska to land in the Rivals top 100, which was released Tuesday, though there are three in-state prospects with three-star ratings — Watts, Isaac Gifford (Lincoln Southeast) and Jevyon Ducker (Bellevue West).
Betts received a scholarship offer from Nebraska during his sophomore season. He also has power-conference offers from Minnesota, Iowa, Purdue and Iowa State.
Betts had 48 catches for 856 yards and 12 touchdowns during his junior season. He has 2,145 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns for his career.
It’s rare for the state to have even a top-100 prospect, much less a top-50 guy. The last in-state prospects to garner such a ranking came in 2008, when Lincoln Southwest’s Baker Steinkuhler (No. 8) and Elkhorn’s Trevor Robinson (No. 37) both ranked in the top 50.
Since then, the highest-rated player at the end of a recruiting cycle looks like it will be Omaha Burke’s Nick Henrich, who ranks No. 119 on Rivals list currently. Josh Banderas finished at No. 182 in 2013, and Andrew Rodriguez finished at No. 183 in 2010.
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