If you draw a radius from Lincoln that is 500 miles you would hit Chicago to Denver, you basically get all of Minnesota and the majority of North Dakota all the way to Dallas. It’s an area that Coach Mike Riley mentioned in his signing day press conference. There is a need to not only be relevant in the radius, but get the players that you need from it.
Early estimates have Nebraska taking 25 players in the 2016 class – maybe oversigning by a few. We will begin a by position breakdown of the radius and the players that Nebraska could consider from within the radius to be part of their 2016 class.
Nebraska fans knew the name “JoJo” way before he actually had an offer. The standout linebacker is from the same high school as early enrollee Avery Anderson from the 2015 class. Domann is has some serious physical skills. He goes sideline to sideline. He plays in the box. He pursues. He can play in space. Bottom line, as a player Domann is worth all of the interest that he is getting. Nebraska should find out soon – early July – if Domann thinks that he can see himself as a future Blackshirt. Domann is also holding offers from Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Kansas State, Virginia and others.
This is not a great year in the radius for linebackers; elite ones anyway. And that happens. As a coach, you have to quickly be able to look at the area and determine what you could get in the radius and what you can’t. From a high level you then need to get out and find what you need nationally in states where you have some influence in outside the radius. The area is not completely without talent. In fact, there are a couple of players that are carrying some D-I offers like Isiah Pannunzio from Pueblo (Colo.) South. Pannunzio is a 6’2” and 215-pound outside linebacker holding offers from Colorado, Colorado State and Wyoming. In Oklahoma, where this new staff is clearly interested in being active recruiting, is Jimmy McKinley. McKinley is a 6’1” and 225-pound inside linebacker from Oolaogah (Okla.) Oologah-Talala. McKinney is holding offers from Air Force, Colorado State, Ohio, Toledo and Wyoming among others.
This down here is nothing to be concerned about if you are on the Nebraska staff. A year ago, there were two, D-I outside linebackers from the state of Wyoming! The cycles in the radius are never permanent. They have to be addressed early though, not just in the evaluation period leading into a player’s senior year, but really the year before. It’s something that the staff needs to start figuring out about 2017. The good thing about the down cycle hitting linebackers this year is that Nebraska might only take one or two at the position and the Huskers appear to be the leader for Domann who likely visits Lincoln one more time before announcing his commitment.