Josh Harvey /

Nebraska's misses in 2016

A look at a few of the biggest misses in Nebraska's 2016 recruiting cycle.

It is never a fun task. Going back to review the Huskers’ biggest misses in the recruiting class. With National Signing Day nearly approaching, let’s examine what could have been.


Even after Georgia fired head coach Mark Richt, Nebraska was able to capitalize on their long relationship with the four-star linebacker. The position is in great shape, but it’s not very often a four-star product visits twice. At one point, it appeared Laguins was favoring the Huskers.

The junior college defensive back had three years of eligibility – always an added bonus when talking about guys who have experience after high school. Simmons visited Nebraska during the Huskers big win against top ten ranked Michigan State. A prediction following the visit would have been 100 percent Nebraska. TCU did a great job down the stretch selling a bigger need for him. 

Another player who visited Lincoln twice, Chandler visited during the Red-White game in April. After decommitting from Oklahoma in the fall, the Huskers jumped back in again, getting an official visit. Chandler ultimately decided to head to Arizona State – adding to the rivalry between Huskers and Sun Devil fans.

It happened just last week and the Huskers weren’t in on his recruitment as long as others, but Chase Allen would have been a nice addition to Nebraska’s class. He would have actually been the highest ranked tight end to commit to the program since 2010, at a position where the Huskers could have used another body heading into 2016.  

Anytime the No. 1 player in the state leaves for another power five school after receiving an offer from Nebraska – it doesn’t look great. Nebraska initially wanted Fant at defensive end, a position that could always use more numbers. Then they said it would be okay for Fant to play at tight end – again at a position of need.

Big Red Report Top Stories