Mike Riley isn’t going to steal the offseason headlines, that just isn’t his personality. However, sleeping on the Nebraska Cornhuskers this offseason would be a major mistake.
Riley and Co. have settled in nicely to life in Lincoln, Neb., and it shows on the 2018 recruiting trail in a big way. We all got a glimpse of the power behind Riley’s west coast ties and Nebraska’s name earlier this week.
That’s because 4-star defensive back Chase Williams gave his verbal commitment to the Huskers. 247Sports has him listed as a 6-1, 190-pound wide receiver, but Nebraska has been all over him as a defensive back of the future.
He is the second 4-star cornerback to join the fold and the fifth player inside the 247Sports Top 247 players in the country. The first came just over 10 days prior to Williams’ commitment, as Brendan Radley-Hiles of IMG Academy in Florida also pledged to the Huskers.
Radly-Hiles is the No. 9 ranked cornerback in the country and the No. 58 ranked player in the nation. He leads the Huskers eight total verbal commits so far in the 2018 recruiting cycle.
That kind of early output has Nebraska sitting at the No. 10 spot in the national team rankings and fourth in the Big Ten to date.
It also has to have others taking notice, especially as the team brings in defensive guru Bob Diaco as the defensive coordinator. Diaco’s 3-4 scheme is largely predicated on one-on-one coverage skills and it appears this squad is going to have some of the best high school talent at the cornerback position coming on board.
However, the defense isn’t the only area that is getting attention, as the No. 5 tight end in the country, Cameron Jurgens, is amongst the five 4-star players already in the fold for Nebraska.
With quarterback Tanner Lee winning the quarterback job (at least out of spring camp), it is clear that Riley is adding all the pieces needed to really transform this offense in to the one we’ve all come to know from his time at Oregon State.
Lee may only get one season, if at all, with that kind of talent, but the plan Riley needs to have in place is falling in to place quickly.
Will that talent show quick enough on the field to get this program to the championship level everyone is going to require by year four of the Riley era? Or will recruiting like this buy him some extra time to get a B1G championship banner up?
Recruiting at the top of the national food chain certainly will be taken in to consideration, and the 2018 class is certainly one that could change the prospects for Riley and the Huskers program if the evaluations of talent are correct.
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.
It's official 🔴🌽☠️ pic.twitter.com/88rZvYdGey
— Mario Goodrich III™ (@_MG3__) May 23, 2017
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.