As offers from the Nebraska football staff fly out across the nation, it’s important to reflect on something that new head coach Scott Frost said during his introductory press conference.
“When you have a bunch of kids from the state of Nebraska that are in this program, those are the type of players that would bleed for this place and are going to work hard to make this work. Guys that are really pulling for Nebraska. When I was growing up, every kid in the state of Nebraska dreamed about running out here on this stadium, on this field wearing a red ‘N’ on their helmet. There’s too many kids from this state right now playing at other schools and we are going to do everything we can to make sure that those kids are here.”
To be fair, the question was in relation to Frost’s message for potential walk-ons, but it’s one that all in-state talent should hear. With that said, there are five prospects that Frost could secure this cycle that would be quality gets for the program’s future and two are already in the bag.
1.) Cameron Jurgens (Beatrice, Neb.) – The first member of the committed duo is Jurgens who is easily the best recruit that the state has produced for this cycle. He’s a top 250 prospect and could have a future on either side of the ball.
Jurgens played in eight games for Beatrice High School this past season and ended the year with 18 receptions for 229 yards and two touchdowns. He was also a force on the ground with 68 carries for 366 yards and eight touchdowns including a 112-yard, two touchdown effort in a 32-15 win over Waverly.
On defense, Jurgens accumulated 251 tackles during his four-year career (160 solo) while playing linebacker.
2.) Masry Mapieu (York, Neb.) – Mapieu’s best work for Class B Champion York High School came on the defensive side of the ball but, like Jurgens, his future could be on either offense or defense.
New defensive coordinator Erik Chinander liked to run what he calls a “multiple” defensive system at Central Florida which featured elements of both the 4-3 and the 3-4, but it appears the later will be featured in Lincoln. While Mapieu isn’t quite squatty enough to make an ideal nose tackle, he is somewhat more compact than Mick Stoltenberg who started at the position for Nebraska last season.
Should he find himself struggling to make a name for himself on defense, he may find a place on the interior line helping Nebraska’s offense put up points. He spent time at guard during his high school career and that could prove quite useful when trying to get placed.
3.) Bryson Williams (Lincoln, Neb.) – Easily a 2B to Mapieu, let’s analyze the current problem with Williams’ recruitment from the eye of a Cornhusker coach. One of the best prospects in the state is committed to a yearly Big Ten Championship contender. Even worse, it’s a team in the Big Ten West (Wisconsin). Worst of all, he’s from Lincoln. A hop skip and a jump from the stadium, Williams should be a slam dunk. However, he has to actually have an offer first.
Good news, though! The new Nebraska crew wasted no time getting an offer out to Williams and will likely be gunning for him hard to ensure that not only he remains in-state and providing quality work for his hometown Huskers, but that he stays out of the hands of the Big Red’s division rival.
4.) Milton Sargbah (Omaha, Neb.) – A 5-7, 165-pound running back out of Omaha North High School, Sargbah could find himself getting a chance at preferred walk-on spot, if not a late scholarship offer.
Last season, he added 2,355 yards and 28 touchdowns to the Vikings’ offensive output on 206 carries and produced 10 100-yard performances out of 13 games played. 2017 wasn’t an anomaly, either.
As a junior, Sargbah ran for 1,807 yards and 23 touchdowns on 202 carries with just as many 100-yard performances. With 5,087 yards and 59 touchdowns gained during his three-year career, wrapping him up would be akin to getting current Husker Jaylin Bradley, a Bellevue, Neb. native.
5. Moses Bryant (Omaha, Neb.) – Another running back that would do well to be smuggled inside Memorial Stadium’s walls, the product out of Elkhorn South High School has a resume that shouldn’t be ignored.
While attending a Nike camp, he clocked a 4.26 shuttle time and 36.9″ vertical leap at 5-11 and 189 pounds. While his 40-yard dash time of 4.71 isn’t very impressive in and of itself, it’s hard to argue with Bryant’s offensive numbers.
As a senior, he tallied 1,399 yards and 23 touchdowns on 169 carries in 11 games according to MaxPreps, having notched six 100-yard performances and one fantastic 212-yard, two touchdown outing in a 42-7 win over Skutt Catholic High School.
While 2017 was an impressive year for Bryant, his junior season was even better. He ran for 1,688 yards and 37 touchdowns on 204 carries and chalked up 10 separate 100-yard outings including five 150-plus yard games out of 13 played.
Having accumulated 5,454 yards and 94 touchdowns during his high school career, Bryant is another guy who deserves a legitimate look by the incoming staff.