Early Look: Nebraska 2017 RB Recruiting

A look at the running back spot in the 2017 class for Nebraska.

OFFERED RUNNING BACKS: Anthony McFardland and Jordany Anthony

GUY TO WATCH IN THE 500-MILE RADIUS: Ivory Kelly-Martin, Nazareth Academy – The Illinois prep currently has a Wisconsin offer to go along with a few a couple non power-five scholarship nods. After missing most of 2014 with a MCL tear, Kelly-Martin returned in 2015 to lead his team to a Class 6A state championship. Against Lincoln-Way West in the state championship game, the junior ran for 170 yards and four touchdowns. 

OVERVIEW: Nebraska currently has only two known offers to high school running backs in 2017 and one of them is actually a projected linebacker at the next level. Nationally the class is deep at the position. Currently 23 players in the Scout.com Top 300 are running backs – compared to only 18 this past recruiting cycle.

After taking Tre Bryant in the 2016 class, Nebraska currently has five scholarship running backs on the roster. With the graduation of Terrell Newby after this season, it’s very likely the coaching staff will find a similar style running back. Bryant and sophomore Devine Ozigbo are bigger backs, so don’t be surprised to see someone a little smaller, but quicker.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: How will sophomore Mikale Wilbon and junior Adam Taylor progress in 2016? Their development could factor in to whether Nebraska takes multiple backs in the class.

Wilbon showed flashes of his potential in 2015 fall camp, but never translated his hype filled preseason into anything on the field. Whether it was his pass protection or he did something to fall out of the good graces of the Nebraska coaching staff, something needs to change for the running back in 2016 if he wants carries. When healthy and at his best, he might have more talent than any other back on the roster.


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