Nebraska football target picks Missouri over the Huskers

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Nebraska football had been hoping to land Messiah Swinson but he chose the school most thought he was leaning to in the end.

The Nebraska football team found out early Saturday afternoon that tight-end target Messiah Swinson was announcing his choice. When he took to the airwaves Saturday evening, the Huskers got the bad news.

Most recruiting experts had predicted Swinson was headed to the Missouri Tigers. There had been some people who thought he might surprise and choose the Huskers.

Scott Frost and company had made some inroads lately. They were working against a timeline where Nebraska had not been actively pursuing the New York player until the new staff arrived.

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There was also a new wrinkle in the recruitment timeline when Texas A&M offered earlier this week. The Aggies are also working under a new staff and it appears that Jimbo Fisher and company had hoped they could pull one out.

In the end, Swinson decided to go to the school that had been recruiting him the hardest and the longest. While it was a bit of a blow to the Huskers’ recruiting efforts, this was likely a target the staff knew was a long shot.

Frost and his team have bigger fish to fry, both in the state and out. They have also clearly been turning their attention to 2019 targets as this year’s recruiting cycle starts to wind down.

The Nebraska football team is just hoping it can add some additional bodies when the final 2018 recruiting class signing day comes and goes in February.