Kansas vs. Nebraska, 12/16/17

Nebraska football coach Scott Frost salutes the crowd as he comes out onto the court prior to the Huskers' basketball game against Kansas Dec. 16 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

If Nebraska's 2018 football recruiting class were a dud, the Huskers had excuses.

Well, it's not a dud. Far from it. And Scott Frost doesn't strike me as the type to make excuses.

"As a coaching staff, we got in late on this recruiting process," the first-year Husker head coach told BTN this morning. "Being able to get kids on campus and seeing their reaction to what we had to offer here, and get the kids committed in such a short time ... I'm excited about these kids and this class. I'm also excited about the potential to get kids to come to Nebraska."

That's right, no excuses.

Other nuggets from his BTN appearance:

* Nebraska is having a big day on the defensive recruiting front with commitments from outside linebacker Caleb Tannor and defensive back Cam Taylor. How important was it to get guys like that in the fold? "We want great athletes," Frost said. "We also want great people. The kids we're signing, they're not just good football players, they're good individuals.

"We definitely had some needs and some holes we needed to fill. Safety was one of them. We feel like we signed as good a class at safety as anyone in the country."

(He's talking about Cam'Ron Jones, C.J. Smith, Deontai Williams and perhaps Ole Miss transfer Breon Dixon).

Frost obviously was thrilled to get Tannor's commitment.

"Caleb Tannor's a dynamic pass-rusher, and he'll be a great player around here for a long time," Frost said. "There's a lot of other guys we're really excited about."

* Frost also had some cautionary words regarding the coming season.

"We have a lot of work to do. There are some things that have been done around here that are not necessarily the Nebraska way. We need to be strong, we need to be physical, we need to be tough. We're going to get the speed and athleticism, but those other things are things that have to happen in the Nebraska football program."

* Nebraska has eight early enrollees who will be available for spring ball.

"It was important," Frost said. "We needed to add some players right away and get some reps in spring ball. We have some good players on campus, and we're looking forward to working with them. But there's a lot of work to be done. The more new talent we can infuse, the better off we'll be."

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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