Closing out the linebacker spot

There is clearly a need based on the recruiting targets at the linebacker position. It’s not a slight. It’s perfectly clear when you break down the numbers. Linebackers coach Trent Bray wants speed and a little more depth.

The Huskers are sitting on 16 commits going into the last recruiting weekend of the year and the last weekend of official visitors includes another fair number of linebackers in the group. The question has now become how many could they take at the linebacker position.

Nebraska already has an early enroller in Lincoln with Dedrick Young. There are two other linebackers in the class that will sign on Wednesday in Tyrin Ferguson and the most recent commitment Mohamed Barry. The Huskers have also hosted South Carolina linebacker Kaiwan Lewis and Florida prep Adrienne Talan. So who else is on the list when it comes to guys who have a scholarship offer in hand?

Angelo Garbutt, LB, 6-foot-2/205-pounds, Lewisville (Texas) Hebron
The one-time Oregon State commitment backed off of his verbal commit and opened things back up. The former Oregon State linebackers coach, Trent Bray, is now at Nebraska and it makes sense for Garbutt to take a look at Nebraska now. Garbutt is one of the top, two-way players in the Dallas metroplex and it sounds like this one could come be a Big Ten battle with either Nebraska or Iowa getting Garbutt’s services.

Terez Hall, LB, 6-foot-3/220-pounds, Lithonia (Ga.)
Nebraska got in a little late with Hall, but have made up big ground on schools like Indiana and Missouri. Although rated an outside linebacker by, Hall is actually being looked at by Nebraska to play middle linebacker at least somewhere down the road. One of the big reasons for that idea is the size that Hall has added to his frame. Although listed at 205-pounds in the database he says that he’s closer to 220-pounds now and that he’s ‘married to the weight room’. Huskers are in a dogfight here with the aforementioned schools and also Wisconsin who Hall is visiting the days leading up to his trip to Nebraska.

Bottom line, expect more. Lewis we may not find out about until March. The others, I would expect a flurry over the weekend potentially and leading up to signing day to see how this class will fill out. I think that Nebraska – even with the three linebackers already in the class – could take two more guys for the class and eventually grab Lewis as a summer enroller.

The linebacker spots should look different come fall camp and I mean real different. There are some that see Young as a guy making a big enough impact at the linebacker spot giving credit to his running back experience and that he enrolled early to get some national attention. It’s a new group of coaches and it’s a blank slate. It’s going to be fun to watch!

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