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Grading the 2019 Recruiting Class - Offensive Skill Positions

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Each poll only allows for three questions so I'll have to break this into multiple topics.

 

Husker Online gave grades for each position group for the 2019 class.  I was curious what HuskerBoard thought.

 

Here's who we signed.  You can find out more about each guy in the link.

 

Current Scholarships/Commits

QB - 1 - LUKE McCAFFREY
RB - 3 - RAHMIR JOHNSON, RONALD THOMPKINS,  JUCO DEDRICK MILLS
WR - 3-4 - JAMIE NANCEDARIEN CHASE, WANDALE ROBINSON, DEMARIYON HOUSTON
TE - 1 - CHRIS HICKMAN
OT - 3 - MATTHEW ANDERSONBRYCE BENHART, JIMMY FRITZSCHE
OG/C - 2 - MICHAEL LYNN

NT - 0 - 
DE - 4 - ETHAN PIPER, MOSAI NEWSOMBRANT BANKSTY ROBINSON
ILB - 3 - JACKSON HANNAHNICK HENRICHGARRETT SNODGRASS

OLB - 2-3 - GARRETT NELSON, JAMIN GRAHAM

CB - 2-3 - QUINTON NEWSOMEJAVIN WRIGHT
S - 2 - MYLES FARMERNOA POLA-GATES

  

 Early Enrollees: McCaffrey, WRobinson, Nance, Hickman, Banks, Henrich, Nelson

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Probably a homer but here goes:

 

QB - A - I think McCaffrey was the perfect guy to bring in this year.  He only played QB as a senior (the two QBs ahead of him in HS both went FBS) but he was a good enough athlete to play receiver and other spots until he got his chance at QB.  He is a great athlete but will need some development as a QB.  Prefect guy to bring in and redshirt a year to get some separation from Martinez.

 

RB - A - We got a JUCO guy who was a freshman All-American at Georgia Tech.  We got a highly-rated guy out of New Jersey who can fly.  And we got a great talent from a Georgia powerhouse who was a bit under the radar due to injuries.  Not sure we could ask for much more.

 

WR - A - Robinson is tailor-made for Frost's offense.  And then we got speed.  Exactly what Frost wants.

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51 minutes ago, Mavric said:

Probably a homer but here goes:

 

QB - A - I think McCaffrey was the perfect guy to bring in this year.  He only played QB as a senior (the two QBs ahead of him in HS both went FBS) but he was a good enough athlete to play receiver and other spots until he got his chance at QB.  He is a great athlete but will need some development as a QB.  Prefect guy to bring in and redshirt a year to get some separation from Martinez.

 

RB - A - We got a JUCO guy who was a freshman All-American at Georgia Tech.  We got a highly-rated guy out of New Jersey who can fly.  And we got a great talent from a Georgia powerhouse who was a bit under the radar due to injuries.  Not sure we could ask for much more.

 

WR - A - Robinson is tailor-made for Frost's offense.  And then we got speed.  Exactly what Frost wants.

 

Completely agree. Was a bit hesitant to give QB an A, bc I think McCaffery needs a couple years to develop - mostly throwing with accuracy and reading pre-snap college defenses. However, as you point out, he’s the perfect fit to stick around and develop while putting separation in classes from Amart. 

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After watching McCafferys highlights, I have no doubt he will be the next star after martinez. Kid is going to be in the Heisman conversation. Incredible athlete

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15 minutes ago, Huskr25 said:

After watching McCafferys highlights, I have no doubt he will be the next star after martinez. Kid is going to be in the Heisman conversation. Incredible athlete

 

I can’t rave about him enough. Ideal prospect at this time.

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I wonder if McCaffrey ends up at WR. He can play very soon and wouldn't be sitting behind Martinez for the next three years. He hasnt played a lot of QB in HS.  I think the next starter after Martinez will be brought in on the next recruiting cycle.  

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1 hour ago, Melby said:

I wonder if McCaffrey ends up at WR. He can play very soon and wouldn't be sitting behind Martinez for the next three years. He hasnt played a lot of QB in HS.  I think the next starter after Martinez will be brought in on the next recruiting cycle.  

 

I think he would excel at wr but qb is where he needs to be at. For not playing qb much, he actually is fairly polished in his mechanics. He has above average arm strength already. Verdu will mold him into a star at the quarterback spot

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1 hour ago, brophog said:

 

I can’t rave about him enough. Ideal prospect at this time.

 

Definitely. Exactly the type of prospect Frost wants at the qb spot. We will be golden at the most important spot on the field for years to come. Very very refreshing

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1 hour ago, Melby said:

I wonder if McCaffrey ends up at WR. He can play very soon and wouldn't be sitting behind Martinez for the next three years. He hasnt played a lot of QB in HS.  I think the next starter after Martinez will be brought in on the next recruiting cycle.  

 

That QB then, is already chosen, as we have our 2020 QB commit.

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2 minutes ago, RedDenver said:

I wonder if @Sker fer life knows the votes are public?

 

I'd like to know what his expectation was at the position, since the commitment of a 4 star prospect who fits our offense perfectly disappointed him!

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QB  -   I'll be disappointed if McCaf doesn't actually push Adrian for the job.   I think Adrian is excellent but I think Luke will be as well.  He has been around superior football his entire life and no doubt has learned from the very best.   His knowledge of the game should be off the charts and he looks to be every bit the runner and a very capable thrower.  Some comments have suggested he will have a lot to learn but I tend to think he's probably watched and studied as much football as many coaches.

 

RBs - I think we are upgrading considerably but not sure yet if these are the caliber of backs that the Huskers have always been known for.   Hope so but ?

 

WRs -  Speed  aplenty.  Size ?   Blocking skills?  Ball skills and hands?   YAC - Yes.

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4 hours ago, bugeater17 said:

 

Completely agree. Was a bit hesitant to give QB an A, bc I think McCaffery needs a couple years to develop - mostly throwing with accuracy and reading pre-snap college defenses. However, as you point out, he’s the perfect fit to stick around and develop while putting separation in classes from Amart. 

 

Yeah, I was going to mention it's probably more of a B grade by itself. He is fairly high ranked but hasn't had the time to really learn all the little things about playing the position. But I went with A when considering other factors.

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2 hours ago, Mavric said:

 

Yeah, I was going to mention it's probably more of a B grade by itself. He is fairly high ranked but hasn't had the time to really learn all the little things about playing the position. But I went with A when considering other factors.

I like McCaffrey, but still have QB at a B. He is still raw, but should get the time needed to develop. Others are A's. Offensive skill positions are the best part of the class imo.

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A each for the RBs and WRs/TEs, pretty much echo all the sentiments everyone has said.

 

Went C for the QB...it's probably a B overall when you factor in that NU could afford to take more of a prospect with Martinez as the incumbent starter as a Soph but I couldn't overlook that McCaffrey is pretty raw.  Still, can't deny his obvious athletic gifts.

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I said it in the recruiting post and I still think McCaffrey will come out of this class, as the top recruit for 2019, when we see how this class plays out, in a couple of years.

 

GBR!!!

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26 minutes ago, Xmas32 said:

 

 

Went C for the QB...it's probably a B overall when you factor in that NU could afford to take more of a prospect with Martinez as the incumbent starter as a Soph but I couldn't overlook that McCaffrey is pretty raw.  Still, can't deny his obvious athletic gifts.

 

I don’t understand this, and I’ve seen similar other places. If McCaffrey was essentially Adrian 2.0, which I think a vast majority give an A, then the odds increase dramatically of a transfer. Imo, a transfer is an F, it’s a waste of resources. A talented guy that will sit, when you have an incumbent starter, is how you get an A.

 

McCaffrey can flat out ball. His senior tape is impressive. But he’s not a guy that needs to play right now. This situation with him and Adrian is typical of his entire life. He’s accustomed to sitting behind his brothers, learning, and shining when given the opportunity. Time and time again, Frost and Mario have stated he’s a QB, and there is no consideration to a position swap.

 

If Adrian really is so good he can’t be beat out, he very well may only be here 3 years. That gives Luke the opportunity to start as a RS Soph.  Spend 2 years with Mario, in this offense, before you’re under the bright lights. Have Adrian break in all of these young receivers, backs, and linemen. That’s an amazing opportunity. 

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47 minutes ago, brophog said:

 

I don’t understand this, and I’ve seen similar other places. If McCaffrey was essentially Adrian 2.0, which I think a vast majority give an A, then the odds increase dramatically of a transfer. Imo, a transfer is an F, it’s a waste of resources. A talented guy that will sit, when you have an incumbent starter, is how you get an A.

 

McCaffrey can flat out ball. His senior tape is impressive. But he’s not a guy that needs to play right now. This situation with him and Adrian is typical of his entire life. He’s accustomed to sitting behind his brothers, learning, and shining when given the opportunity. Time and time again, Frost and Mario have stated he’s a QB, and there is no consideration to a position swap.

 

If Adrian really is so good he can’t be beat out, he very well may only be here 3 years. That gives Luke the opportunity to start as a RS Soph.  Spend 2 years with Mario, in this offense, before you’re under the bright lights. Have Adrian break in all of these young receivers, backs, and linemen. That’s an amazing opportunity. 

 

 

Well said

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7 hours ago, Xmas32 said:

A each for the RBs and WRs/TEs, pretty much echo all the sentiments everyone has said.

 

Went C for the QB...it's probably a B overall when you factor in that NU could afford to take more of a prospect with Martinez as the incumbent starter as a Soph but I couldn't overlook that McCaffrey is pretty raw.  Still, can't deny his obvious athletic gifts.

 

I mean .... no one is arguing that he's a finished product.

 

But if our grade is a C for a Composite Four-Star and #257 player in the country, I think it's possible that our standards are a bit high.

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19 hours ago, Mavric said:

 

I mean .... no one is arguing that he's a finished product.

 

But if our grade is a C for a Composite Four-Star and #257 player in the country, I think it's possible that our standards are a bit high.

After looking back at it, I'm probably too harsh at grading this as a C.

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On 2/10/2019 at 9:37 AM, brophog said:

 

I don’t understand this, and I’ve seen similar other places. If McCaffrey was essentially Adrian 2.0, which I think a vast majority give an A, then the odds increase dramatically of a transfer. Imo, a transfer is an F, it’s a waste of resources. A talented guy that will sit, when you have an incumbent starter, is how you get an A.

 

McCaffrey can flat out ball. His senior tape is impressive. But he’s not a guy that needs to play right now. This situation with him and Adrian is typical of his entire life. He’s accustomed to sitting behind his brothers, learning, and shining when given the opportunity. Time and time again, Frost and Mario have stated he’s a QB, and there is no consideration to a position swap.

 

If Adrian really is so good he can’t be beat out, he very well may only be here 3 years. That gives Luke the opportunity to start as a RS Soph.  Spend 2 years with Mario, in this offense, before you’re under the bright lights. Have Adrian break in all of these young receivers, backs, and linemen. That’s an amazing opportunity. 

 

After looking back at it, I'm probably too harsh at grading this as a C.  I wish McCaffrey had spent more time at QB outside of just the one year but it is what is and you can't argue with his family's bloodlines when it comes to athletics.

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I went with B, A, A. I think Luke is a really good prospect but many of the accounts about him have suggested he has some mechanical issues to work through and that's if he even stays at QB. Tough for me to give a solid A out for that. If I could be specific, I'd say B to B+.

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4 minutes ago, Enhance said:

I think Luke is a really good prospect but many of the accounts about him have suggested he has some mechanical issues to work through

 

They all do. That’s why we got a guy that specializes in mechanics coaching them. 

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