Nebraska football moving up recruiting rankings slowly but surely

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The Nebraska football team is digging itself out of a recruiting hole.

The Nebraska football team has made some strides when it comes to recruiting over the last few weeks. Shortly after Scott Frost inherited the 2018 class, it shrank to seven commits and was hovering somewhere in the 70’s as far as team rank.

Five commits later, including by one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks and the second-best JUCO defensive back in the country, the Huskers 2018 class is headed in the right direction. There’s still work to be done, but for a school that relies on getting talent from out of state in order to pad its depth chart, a move upwards in the rankings is a positive sign.

According to 247 Sports, the Huskers are now sporting the 45th best class in the country. Far from where the Cornhuskers want to be, it’s still a dramatic shift from where they were just a few weeks ago.

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Rivals still paints a pretty bleak picture for Nebraska, though there is a trend upwards there as well. Rivals still has the Huskers sitting at 60th best class.

The upside to both of these rankings is that they are being hampered by what is still a very small class. Nebraska has just 12 commits, compared to schools like Ohio State and Penn State which have 21 and 20 commits.

In fact, when looking at the size of classes, the Huskers are in the top 10 for smallest hauls so far. On the flipside, when looking at average stars per player, it’s a much brighter picture.

When talking about average stars, NU comes in at the #22 spot in the country for Rivals. They’re ranked as the fourth best class when looking at the Big Ten, behind just Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan.

247Sports does their average differently, but the Huskers 87.91 average would have them inside or near the Top 25 on their list as well. Thanks to a lot of large, but mediocre classes in the conference, Scott Frost’s first class is currently ranked 12th, ahead of just Northwestern and Illinois.

When looking strictly at average, the Huskers shoot up the charts, once again finishing behind only Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan. The good news is that the Nebraska football team isn’t done. It will be looking to add several players on Wednesday and then keep working into February for the final signing period of the 2018 recruiting class.