NU football vs. Minnesota, 10/20/18

Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held instructs players as they warm up Oct. 20 at Memorial Stadium before the Minnesota game.

Ryan Held seems to enjoy everything about recruiting, and he's obviously pretty good at it.

The second-year Nebraska running backs coach on Friday was honored by Rivals.com as one of the nation's top 25 recruiters for the class of 2019. He also made the top 25 in 2018.

Wrote Rivals analyst Josh Helmholdt: When Scott Frost accepted the Nebraska position in November of 2017 but continued on as UCF’s head coach through its bowl game, it was Held who held the Huskers' 2018 class together in the interim and allowed Nebraska to sign 13 in that Early Signing Period. Unlike Dexys Midnight Runners, though, Held is no one-hit wonder. His encore performance with the 2019 class included getting Rivals100 receiver Wandale Robinson to de-commit from his home-state school (Kentucky) just before the Early Signing Period and sign with the Cornhuskers. Other big gets for Held in this cycle were four-stars Jamie Nance and Dedrick Mills as well as high three-star Demariyon Houston, who committed on Feb. 6.

In addition, Held was the primary recruiter on two other Nebraska running back signees beside Mills — Ronald Thompkins and Rahmir Johnson.

Drew Mehringer of Texas was named Rivals.com's national recruiter of the year, while former Nebraska quarterback Mickey Joseph, now an assistant at LSU, also made the top 25.

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


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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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