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Nebraska Cornhuskers recruiting: Riley continues to rack in the 4-star commits

Nebraska’s red-hot start to the 2018 recruiting class continues, as fifth four-star player commits to Riley’s program.

One of the biggest stories on the national front for the 2018 recruiting class is what is happening with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. They came in to the day as one of the top 10 classes nationally.

That was in large part due to four four-star players giving verbal commitments to the Huskers program. Make that five, as four-star athlete Mario Goodrich of Lee Summit, Mo. announced his commitment to the Huskers on Tuesday night.

Goodrich is the No. 11 ranked athlete in the 2018 class, but the is No. 2 according to 247Sports’ own rankings. The 6-2, 180-pound athlete is a game changer on the field. One look at his film makes that abundantly clear.

It also makes the mission of what is happening for the Huskers in this recruiting class very clear. Mike Riley wants to re-make this program and he needs speed, speed and more speed to do that.

He chose the Huskers over offers from all over the country, including Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri to name a few.

It seems the hype surrounding this class has grown, even amongst the players themselves. Goodrich talked about that in his decision with Huskers Illustrated.

“I talk to Coach D (Donte Williams) almost everyday,” Goodrich said. “He coached Marcus Peters and that’s my favorite NFL player. Coach Riley is bringing the Nebraska program back and the coaching staff is crazy.”

Goodrich’s commitment puts Nebraska up a few spots, to No. 6 in the national team rankings according to 247Sports and the No. 3 class in the Big Ten. The Huskers trail only Ohio State and Penn State for the best class in the B1G.

As for where Goodrich will play, that has yet to be determined, but he has been one heck of a safety and a kick returning threat at the high school level. It is likely he stays on defense given the speed and diversity of the players committed at wide receiver for the Huskers. But, anything could happen and players with Goodrich’s kind of athletic ability will find a home eventually.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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