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 Monday's episode, Adam Carriker breaks down Nebraska's 2019 recruiting class with a little more than one week until signing day. He'll cover the players Nebraska is still targeting and discuss the Huskers' biggest remaining needs.
When Adam Carriker talks, you'll want to listen. Get every episode of the "Carriker Chronicles" in your inbox.
Here's a transcript from today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people’s show, where we check the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are one week away from national signing day. We are just over a week away, Feb. 6, from putting a bow on this 2019 Nebraska football recruiting class.
So let’s give a little bit of an update, shall we? Where are we ranked? How are we doing? I take these rankings with a grain of salt, but let’s be honest. You do need some playmakers in order to make plays on the football field. You develop them once they get in house, but how many scholarships have we used? How many do we have left? How’s the class looking? What do we need to do in the next week or so? Let’s light this candle, shall we?
All right, first and foremost, let’s start right off the top. So depending on what recruiting ranking service you look at, Nebraska’s currently ranked 13th in the country when it comes to 2019 recruiting class. We’re also third in the Big Ten. That puts us ahead of teams like Ohio State.
And I should mention, when Urban Meyer announced his retirement, I immediately said Ohio State’s not going to be the same. No disrespect to their current coach. Whether you like him off the field or not, Urban Meyer is one of the all-time great coaches on the field. Ohio State will just not be quite the same without Urban Meyer.
But we’re ranked ahead of teams like Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and several others in the Big Ten as well.
Now, we currently have 26 players committed as of right now. That leaves us with four scholarships available. Now most coaches, most coaching staffs want to reserve one scholarship for a grad transfer down the road or maybe you give it to a walk-on who has earned a scholarship later on as well. So really that leaves us with three scholarships available, which kind of works out well, at least at the moment, cause we really have three main positional needs: cornerback, pass rusher and wide receiver.
So let’s look at the top targets that we have left on the Huskers’ recruiting board. Here are the top seven targets.
Let’s start right off the bat with Demariyon Houston a four-star wide receiver, 6-foot, 165 pounds out of Oklahoma.
You’ve got Dylan Jordan, three-star outside linebacker, a potential pass rusher type. 6 foot 3, 215 pounds out of Kansas.
Jamel Starks, a three-star safety, 5-foot-11, 180 pounds out of Georgia.
John Bivens, three-star running back, 6-foot-1, 205 pounds out of Ohio.
Soni Fonua — which I believe I said that right — three-star defensive end, 6-foot-4, 264 pounds out of Utah.
Steven Parker, four-star defensive end, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds out of Texas.
Tavian Mayo, three-star cornerback, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds out of Georgia.
Now, it would be great if we could bring in all seven of these guys. Obviously, there’s some interest on the Huskers’ part and on their part towards Nebraska as well, but the four main guys that I’m looking at are Demariyon Houston, four-star wide receiver, 6-foot, 165 pounds.
What he’s not is he’s not a big guy. But what he is he’s a guy that will make people miss. He’s got some speed. He’s got some jukes. He’s got the ability in the open field, you give him the ball he can make big plays. A perfect fit for a Oregon, UCF or Scott Frost offense.
Ladies and gentlemen, you look at Dylan Jordan. Now, this is a guy who has come out and said, hey, TCU’s my favorite right now. But he’s gotten a heavy late push from the Huskers, and he just finished visiting Lincoln. And he was the only guy on campus making an official visit this past week, but we’ll see how that story develops. A potential pass rusher right there.
And you look at Steven Parker, four-star defensive end, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, out of Texas. Now, in my opinion, I’ve gotten some messages from fans this offseason saying, I wake up — and I don’t know if they’re joking or serious, probably a little bit of both — but they’re like, I wake up in the middle of the night, and I have this nightmare of our defense just giving up all these points. How are we gonna stop people? Get after the quarterback. There’s a reason pass rushers in the NFL make so much money. If we could land Steven Parker, whose got the ability to get after the quarterback, and Dylan Jordan or either one of them, that would alleviate a lot of headaches not only for Husker fans but for defensive coordinator Erik Chinander as well.
And Tavian Mayo, the cornerback out of Georgia. If we could land three out of those four guys or even two, that’d be a great way to put a bow, just like Christmas morning, on Nebraska 2019 football recruiting class.
There’s a saying out there that I love, and Husker Power is back. We’re gonna out work people. That vision, that memory from Warren Sapp sucking for air in the Orange Bowl, the 1995 Orange Bowl. We’re gonna start seeing that from some of our opponents again.
There’s a saying that hard work beats talent, when talent don’t work. Well, if you bring in some talent to begin with, and then you work hard, and the other people aren’t working hard. Oh, it’s going to be exciting, ladies and gentlemen.
Stay tuned for the Carriker Chronicles in the future. I’ve got some fun interviews coming up. Riley Kinney, a walk-on cornerback that’s gonna be coming to Nebraska next year. Nick Leader, another walk-on. I wanna talk to some of these walk-on boys. Zac Taylor after he’s announced as the Bengals' head coach is gonna be joining me. A bunch of interviews. A bunch of surprises. As well, Carriker Live will be back Feb. 6, the evening of national signing day.
Go Big Red and always remember to throw the bones.
Thanks again to the Nebraska Spine Hospital. Ladies and gentlemen, when it’s your spine, you do not want to mess around. Experience matters. That’s why you can trust the experts at Nebraska Spine Hospital, the region's only spine specific hospital. They are the best at what they do.