All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.
On Tuesday's episode, Adam Carriker previews February's National Signing Day and why it might be a quiet day for the Huskers, with the exception of a potential Tanoa Togiai commitment.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show, where we take the pulse of Husker nation brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital. This year is a little bit different, national signing day is a little bit different feel this year. The Huskers have already signed 23 players to their 2020 recruiting class. They only have one remaining target left in this class, I'm going talk about that individual in one second. In fact, they only have one scholarship remaining currently to keep their 85 scholarship limit. They have 84 guys on scholarship, they're recruiting one guy, they have one scholarship available.
Here's the deal: National signing day is still an exciting day even though it's different than what it used to be. Now for one, I've never given my full thoughts on this class. I hardly even addressed it in December on early signing day because you never know what's going to happen.
We have a better idea now, but tomorrow, Wednesday night, special start time, 8:30 p.m. central time on my Facebook page, check out Carriker Live. Going to be doing one of the specialty live shows, you can interact, talk directly with yours truly. 8:30 p.m. central time on my Facebook page. I'm going to for the first time and the final time give my full thoughts and breakdown of the Huskers' 2020 recruiting class. We will know what happens with Tanoa Togiai, who I'm going to talk about here in one brief second. Does he come to the Huskers? Does he not? And what does this mean for the Nebraska football future? So check that out tomorrow.
But real quickly, there's still one target remaining, one target available that the Huskers are going after. And I do hope I pronounced his name right. I asked people, I've never heard it said out loud, and I even practiced it. So Tanoa Togiai is a 6-foot-6, 295-pound defensive end out of Rigby, Idaho. Now I didn't grow up too far from there, I grew up in the state of Washington, I was born in Hastings, my whole family is from here in Nebraska, but I spent a lot of my childhood there. So Idaho's an absolutely beautiful, freezing cold, beautiful place. Even colder than Nebraska. But here's the thing: Tanoa Togiai, 6-foot-6, 295-pound defensive end.
If you're looking for a 3-4 defensive end, I mean that's the freaking size you're looking for. Like you're looking for 6-foot-6, 295 pounds. That's it right there. Now, some coaches like a little bit bigger defensive ends for 3-4, sometimes they like you to get up to 310, 315, something like that. When I played with the Redskins, I got to D.C. and was 292. By the time I was playing, I went up to 315. I actually didn't like it. I like 305, so I played most of my career with the Redskins at 305. I did not grow, so I was still 6-foot-6. But here's the deal: He would be a great fit for this scheme. Physically, he's already about the size that you want. Now he's still a very, very young man. He'd have to grow, mature, get in the weight room a little bit, things of that nature. But he could be a great fit for the Huskers.
Now, Scott Frost took seven assistants with him. Let me repeat, that's eight coaches that just went up and visited him up in Idaho. So they would love to have him join the Husker football program. Now there's several Power Five programs that are talking to him, and he's narrowed it down. He's narrowed down his finalists to Utah, Nebraska, Kansas State, Washington and Boise State. He's going to make his announcement whether he's going to be joining Nebraska or some other football school tomorrow. Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. central time so check that out. It'll be interesting to see what happens. He is looking, he has said he's looking for a family environment and a small-town feel. Kind of sounds like Nebraska football to a freaking T, ladies and gentlemen.
Remember to tune in to Carriker Live, let's see where Mr. Tanoa Togiai is going to play his collegiate football. I'm interested to see, could be a great fit. Either way, Go Big Red and always remember to throw the bones!
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