Nebraska got its 19th commit of the 2017 recruiting class from Carmel (Ind.) tight end Kurt Rafdal. Here's what it means for the class in five quick takes:
>> Don’t sleep on Rafdal, one of the best recruits — period — in the 2017 class. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound guy who played fullback, H-back, in-line tight end and slot receiver for a team that has six FBS recruits doesn’t come around every day. Rafdal didn’t attend the camps where ratings get ratcheted up. He didn’t play the recruiting game at all. But if you want to know his real value, here’s how: On the day he decommitted from Indiana in early January, Nebraska, Iowa, Florida, LSU, Georgia and Ohio State were all in contact within 24 hours, according to his high school coach, to gauge his interest. Read that list of names again.
>> This time, Nebraska beat Iowa for a tight end. This was a close race between the Huskers and the Hawkeyes — one NU needed to win because it wanted two tight ends in the class. Rafdal’s pick of the Huskers makes up for losing Omaha South’s Noah Fant to Iowa last year.
>> Hat tip to Tavita Thompson. For a graduate assistant, he’s a terrific recruiter, and if the NCAA approves a 10th assistant coach position in April, he should be an ideal candidate to get that spot at NU.
>> The tight end room is full again — but not very experienced. Once Rafdal and Austin Allen sign, NU will have five scholarship tight ends — Rafdal and Allen, redshirt freshmen David Engelhaupt and Jack Stoll, and sophomore Matt Snyder — who have never played a meaningful snap for the Huskers. That quintet will push walk-ons Tyler Hoppes and Connor Ketter for playing time.
>> Nebraska may be done on the offensive side of the ball. The Huskers may still get commits from a wideout or running back C.J. Verdell, but it’s possible that those players will pick elsewhere, too.