Fleming could be a key part of the Nebraska football wide receiver group.
You have heard me talk ad nauseam about the fact that 2020 Nebraska football wide receiver group is particularly strong. From Zavier Betts, to Omar Manning, this Nebraska football wide receiver group is extremely strong. However, one name that I haven’t really talked about, that should be talked about, is Marcus Fleming.
The Miami product signed with Nebraska during the early signing timeframe in December. As soon as Nebraska signed him, I thought he would be able to be a huge get for the wide receiver corps. A former four-star recruit, Fleming’s film pops off the charts. Especially for his size, he possesses an impressive ability to make things happen.
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He’s not the tallest receiver, as he measures a little more than five-foot-nine. However, he is extremely fast. He is able to break away from defenders with ease. Once he catches the football, he immediately turns on the Jets. You’ve heard me talk at length about how I like Nebraska not recruiting their usual smaller, speed receivers. Fleming is definitely a smaller speed receiver that should be able to make impact in Lincoln.
According to Maxpreps.com, Fleming played in 10 games last season as a senior. He caught 22 passes for 692 yards and eight touchdowns. Perhaps the most impressive statistic was his yards per catch. He averaged 31.5 yards per reception. That is certainly a great number.
I can definitely picture him as a slot receiver. He has the ability to fill a JD Spielman-type of role. He has the explosiveness and playmaking ability to really help Nebraska up the field.
A player like Omar Manning can get it done via the deep ball. A player like Fleming will be able will be able to make things happen after the catch, and use his speed to flip the field for Nebraska. The juxtaposition is nice to have.
He’s definitely one of the more underrated recruits in the Nebraska football 2020 class. With so much star power at the top of the class, his name got lost in the shuffle a little bit. I love the fact that Nebraska football is still continuing to recruit wideouts. You can never have too many. We saw that in certain situations last year. There was not enough depth in crucial moments.
Now, Fleming is a huge part of talented depth for Nebraska next year. Don’t forget about him. He may be a vital part of the program’s receiving corps down the road.