Nebraska Football lost a recruiting battle on Monday.
You win some you lose some on the recruiting trail, and Monday the Nebraska Football Cornhuskers were unable to come away with the victory. Junior-college linebacker Amare Barno (Butler CC. Blythewood, S.C.) committed to Virginia Tech in an announcement he made on Twitter.
Per his profile from 247Sports.com, he was recruited to Virginia Tech by the program’s director of player personnel Adam Lechtenberg (who ironically has connections to the Cornhuskers) and Bud Foster, who serves in a multitude of positions for Virginia Tech most notably as the defensive coordinator. For Nebraska, running backs coach Ryan Held handled the recruitment.
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As a senior at Westwood High School, Barno put up impressive numbers. He recorded 66 total tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions per his Maxpreps profile, showing that he was a very versatile outside linebacker. Playing for Butler last season, Barno recorded 66 tackles in 12 games. In addition to his proficient tackling skills, Barno recorded 4.5 sacks on the year showing that he was in all-around defensive force.
This is disappointing for Nebraska. I would’ve liked to have seen him come in and make an impact for the program. With that being said, Nebraska is well-stocked at the linebacker position. They have nine linebackers on their roster and two commitments in the 2019 class. The linebacking group is led by senior Luke Gifford . Looking a little further down the road, the incoming class features Garrett Nelson (Scottsbluff . Scottsbluff, NE) and Jackson Hannah (Montgomery Bell Academy. Nashville, Tenn.) This non-commitment will not put the program in a hole at the position which is a good thing.
It will be interesting to see what the fallout is for the program in regards to some of the other prospects decisions. We have seen throughout the last couple of weeks that Nebraska has been very active on the recruiting trail. They are not shying away from going after big prospects either, and guys like Ty Robinson could be staples for the recruiting class of 2019. However, going after the bigger prospects also means battling the bigger programs like Alabama and Clemson. Nebraska will certainly have their work cut out for them, but that’s what makes landing these recruits even sweeter come Signing Day.