The Huskers seem to love springtime.

Back in late March, we posed this question: Can Nebraska, with its 2018 class, match the spring recruiting run that boosted the 2017 group? A little more than a month has passed, and the answer is an undeniable “Yes.”

During a roughly four-week stretch from April 8 to May 7, the Huskers landed commitments from six recruits for 2018. Half of those are currently four-star prospects ranked in the top 200 of the 247Sports composite. The current average overall ranking of those six commits is 400.5 — though that drops to 227.2 if you exclude Will Farniok, who’s ranked No. 1,040.

Now, let’s compare that to last year’s run.

During a roughly seven-week stretch from March 23, 2016 to May 15, 2016, the Huskers landed commitments from seven recruits for 2017. A pair of those players finished the cycle as four-star recruits ranked in the top 300 of the 247Sports composite. The average overall ranking of those seven commits was 400.6.

In 2017, No. 172 Avery Roberts and No. 202 Tristan Gebbia were the highest ranked among the spring commits. This spring, Nebraska has landed commitments from prospects currently ranked nationally at No. 58 (Brendan Radley-Hiles), No. 170 (Manuel Allen) and No. 181 (Chase Williams).

And landing those high-profile commitments has launched the Huskers up the recruiting rankings. Back on March 21, Nebraska’s 2018 class of three commits ranked No. 29 on the 247Sports composite. Now, with 10 commits in the class, the Huskers rank No. 8. NU has never had a class finish that high in the rankings.

So what’s behind Nebraska’s springtime success? Well the spring game is a big factor. All but one of Nebraska’s recent 2018 commits were at the spring game last month, and most of the recruits from that run with the 2017 class attended a spring game too.

Imagine how much more impactful the spring game could be for NU once official visits are allowed to be taken for it. These springtime recruiting runs just might end up being a yearly occurrence for the Huskers.

Recent offers

Running back Eric Gray (2019), Memphis, Tenn.: Gray put up big numbers during his sophomore season, rushing for 38 touchdowns and more than 2,200 yards, according to MaxPreps. 247Sports already grades him as a four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 2 all-purpose back. Stanford and nearby Tennessee extended him scholarship offers soon after Nebraska did.

Cornerback Nyquee Hawkins (2019), Orange, N.J.: Another early four-star prospect, 247Sports ranks him as the nation’s No. 8 cornerback. He holds at least 16 scholarship offers. Big Ten schools Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota Penn State and Rutgers join Nebraska on his offer list. Hawkins posted a 38.3-inch vertical jump at The Opening Regional in New Jersey last month.

Offensive tackle John Olmstead (2019), Metuchen, N.J.: Nebraska was the sixth school to offer Olmstead, and he has since added UCLA, Virginia and Pitt to his list. At 6-foot-6, Olmstead ranks as the nation’s No. 31 offensive tackle, according to 247Sports.

Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (2019), Westlake Village, Calif.: Thibodeaux is already considered to be one of the nation’s top prospects; 247Sports ranks him No. 1 overall in the 2019 class. Nebraska was the 30th school to offer him, so he’ll have the opportunity to play just about anywhere when it comes time to decide.

Running back Blake Corum (2020), Laurel, Md.: Nebraska has only offered a handful of recruits in the 2010 class, and Corum is the second running back. He already holds more than a dozen scholarship offers, including Power Five schools like Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, USC and Virginia Tech.

Get a daily Husker news roundup, recruiting updates and breaking news in your inbox.

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Commenting is limited to Omaha World-Herald subscribers. To sign up, click here.

If you're already a subscriber and need to activate your access or log in, click here.

Recommended for you

Load comments

You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.