Husker football assistant coaches

Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held is recognized during halftime of the Husker men's basketball team's game against Iowa on Jan. 27 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

KAYLA WOLF, Journal Star

Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held is part of an exclusive club of sorts -- one of 25 assistants on the Rivals.com list of the nation's top recruiters for 2018.

It's quite an honor for the ex-Husker walk-on. He earned it, playing a lead role in landing no fewer than five players in NU's class of 2018 -- which drew a No. 22 rating by Rivals.

Held helped lure to Lincoln running back Maurice Washington, defensive back Cam Jones, running back Greg Bell and receivers Mike Williams and Jaron Woodyard.

As for Rivals.com national recruiter of the year, that designation goes to Dell McGee of Georgia. The Bulldogs signed eight five-star prospects, tying 2004 USC for the most in one class, and McGee played a major role in signing five of those five-stars. Not bad.

Others who made the top 25:

Tim Brewster, Texas A&M

Fran Brown, Baylor

Kodi Burns, Auburn

Ron Dugans, Miami

Marcus Freeman, Cincinnati

Larry Johnson, Ohio State

Todd Lyght, Notre Dame

Ikaika Malloe, Washington

Tee Martin, USC

Andy McCollum, Georgia Tech

Johnny Nansen, USC

Craig Naivar, Texas

Joe Pannunzio, Alabama

Jacob Peeler, Ole Miss

Sam Pittman, Georgia

Ricky Rahne, Penn State

Greg Schiano, Ohio State

Jeff Scott, Clemson

Calvin Thibodeaux, Oklahoma

Mel Tucker, Georgia

Jason Washington, Texas

Eric Wolford, South Carolina

Raymond Woodie, Florida State

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com.

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Husker columnist

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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