https://forum.huskermax.com/threads/early-signing-day-grades-by-position-coach.115050/ Defensive Backs - Travis Fisher - A+ Henry Gray - 4 star Jaiden Francois - 4 star Ronald Delancy - 3 star Tamon Lynum - 3 star I sit back and look at the improvement of Lamar Jackson, how we have turned Cam Taylor-Britt into a stud, not losing a ton of production when our starting safety went out with a shoulder injury first game of the year, and I start to think it doesn't even matter who Fisher brings in. He just gets it done. With that said, he went ahead and gave himself some insurance by bringing in composite 4 stars Jaiden Francois and Henry Gray, as well as bringing in Ronald Delancy II and Tamon Lynum. Two guys I wasn't quite sure about when we got them, but all of a sudden had pretty good senior years. When you think about who he brought in last year coupled with who we have returning like Bootle, Taylor-Britt, Dismuke, DWilliams, and the future is nothing but bright. This was one of two position groups that the staff was extremely concerned about when they got here in terms of depth. As of right now, Fisher has the most competitive room on the Nebraska football team heading into year 3. An unreal job by a guy I wasn't sure about on the recruiting trail due to his lack of communication on there. But when you also think of the fact that he was a lead recruiter for other 4 stars like LB Keyshawn Greene, it's time to get this guys salary what he deserves. Wide Receivers - Troy Walters - A Zavier Betts - 4 star Marcus Fleming - 4 star Omar Manning - 4 star Alante Brown - 4 star William Nixon - 3 star I was going back and forth trying to figure out what I should do here, because I was ecstatic with what we brought in last year, yet none of them could make an impact and help out at a spot we desperately needed it. But I stepped back from the ledge and started to become a bit more realistic. We needed a big play guy with some higher level experience that was a big body, so we go and grab the #1 JUCO WR in the country and composite 4 star Omar Manning... check. Probably need a big bodied stud high school WR too.... go grab composite four star and the 52nd ranked player in the country Zavier Betts. Speed is somewhat important in this offense, may as well send Travis Fisher to go grab a four star WR in Marcus Fleming who reportedly ran a 10.38 100m, that's flying. You also have a Baylor coaches son Will Nixon coming who can be a Wandale Robinson type (in versatility, not quite there athletically) and Alante Brown to round it out. You can't be mad with how we shaped this room when you look at who we brought in the year before as well. Tons of quality, 5 guys give you quantity, and a JUCO spreads you out a bit. Quarterbacks - Mario Verduzco - A- Logan Smothers - 4 star First, let me get out of the way that this is where people usually disagree with me. When you only have to get one guy, it skews how I rate it a bit. For me, it should be a given every year you get a pretty big stud, especially in an offense like that. Last year we pulled in McCaffrey which everyone is excited about, this year we pulled in a guy that as of right now is a better prospect than LM. This is as good as it gets for the Nebraska offense and i'm excited about the battles that he will have with LM in the future. For me, he just gets downgraded a bit due to only needing one guy, but his room is as stacked as it gets. We are lucky to have the depth we do at that position. RB - Ryan Held - B+ Sevion Morrison - 4 star Marvin Scott III - 3 star This one was a little tougher for me. I think we pulled in some good dudes. A guy like Will Nixon could actually play some RB for us as well. I have been told that Mo Washington will be back as long as his fall grades check out and he walks the line. With that said, I still put things at 50/50 to see him here in the fall because I don't believe he can do that. That puts us in a tough spot if that happens. If Washington comes back, we are able to get guys like Rahmir Johnson, Sevion Morrison, and others to have their first or second year be role guys (like what we did with Ameer Abdullah early). However, if Mo Washington is gone, we have to have guys step into roles earlier than we would like them to, and that could spell disaster. Without Washington, you have Mills and Robinson and a bunch of young talent. RB is the second easiest spot to get on the field, but you still would like to ease people into it. Held did a great job, and who's to say that if Washington is gone we don't go transfer portal route (I'd bet a lot of money Held and Frost are already looking up a contingency plan there). Pretty good haul for Coach Held. OL - Greg Austin - B Turner Corcoran - 4 star Alex Conn - 3 star With Christian Gaylord coming back, it made it so we only have 2 spots for OL instead of 3 in this years class. You can't put a price on that type of experience, and hopefully he recovers from his injury. Austin reeled in the best prospect in our class with Turner Corcoran who should see playing time extremely early once Jaimes and Farniok graduate. And there are some reports that Alex Conn may actually be the one that is most ready right now. I have no idea on that, but we certainly need help inside and I'm all about competition. Not a ton to say here with only 2 commits, but we brought in a massive haul last year. However, it reminds me a bit of Austin's first class where all we brought in is Willie Canty and Will Farniok. I don't think either of these guys are an academic risk, but when you only bring in 2, your hit rate chances are smaller. I like this class from Austin, just not your typical numbers you see there. LB - Barrett Ruud/Jovan Dewitt - B- Keyshawn Greene - 4 star Blaise Gunnerson - 3 star Eteva Mauga-Clements - 3 star Jimari Butler - 3 star Niko Cooper - 3 star I had to put these two together because like defensive back, I have zero idea who is going to play what position. It was looking a bit dicey early on for us, with only Blaise Gunnerson committed. We then thought Malik Reed was a lock and he flips on us to Wisconsin, a back breaker when you lose one to a division rival. We are sitting at one commit and then we get two JUCOs to commit to us, Aho who was an OLB and Hodge an ILB. I hated Oho's film, didn't like that verbal, but I understood we needed bodies. I liked Hodge's film, but then he took a visit to SMU after committing to us and we cut him loose. Despite needing ILB help, if a kid can't even do the right thing before he's even on campus, time to cut ties. I wasn't mad there. Then we didn't let Aho sign. Fisher reels us in Greene who is an absolute stud, and a guy like Mauga can be a specialist for us whether that's covering a RB out of the backfield or rushing the passer. Jimari Butler intrigues me as well. Gunnerson is a question mark a bit for me as he has had some hip issues and it makes me wonder if he's like a Tre Bryant where we were able to get him when others backed off due to the injuries? There are instances of us getting someone due to that and him flourishing, but there are plenty of opposite examples. Long story short this year reminded me a bit of 2018 again when we had Caleb Tannor and Javonte Jean-Baptiste in the boat, then JJBs school has a snow delay and Urban Meyer gets in his ear and he flips to the Buckeyes. Us losing out on Kaden Johnson took this from an A- class to B-. I think we have enough parts that we definitely upgraded at LB, but a lot of these guys are specialists and not "do it all" guys like Keyshawn Greene, Javonte Jean-Baptiste, or Kaden Johnson. I like this class, there's just a lot up in the air with where they will play and how we will use them. DL - Tony Tuioti - C Nash Hutmacher - 3 star Marquis Black - 3 star Jordon Riley - 3 star Pheldarius Payne - 3 star The good news here is we got our #1 DL target in Nash Hutmacher to come here and play NG for us. That will pay off for 4-5 years, he's going to be a stud. But from there, I don't see a ton of fire power that we landed. Especially when you compare them to last years Jahkeem Green and Ty Robinson. That said, we had to mix up our classes a bit and if we weren't getting traction with high school DL guys we wanted, better to only be tied to a JUCO for a couple years. I'm just not seeing much more than some depth to be added but i'm hoping a high school guy like Marquis Black really takes off in our weight program. I'm a little disappointed with how our DL class turned out but pretty pumped to get Nash. The good news is guys like Jahkeem Green, Ben Stille, Deontre Thomas, Ty Robinson, Tate Wildeman, Casey Rogers, Damion Daniels, they all make a recruiting class for 2020 not as pivotal to our 2020 success. TE - Sean Beckton - DNF Whatever As I said up top, we have some attrition that has already happened, but our total number is capped currently. The attrition frees up us to go after transfer portal guys that can get here in June while filling up our entire signing class and not needing to hold any back for transfers. That's a good spot to be in.