Nebraska inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud's recruiting prowess showed up in a big way in this round of signees.

Keep in mind, he just completed his first season as a full-time college coach, having served as a quality control administrator at Central Florida in 2016-17.

He's responsible for in-state recruiting, and Nebraska went five-for-five in landing in-state players to whom it offered scholarships. He obviously played a key role in helping land inside linebacker Jackson Hannah of Nashville, Tennessee.

Being from Lincoln obviously helps Ruud with in-state recruiting, as does his standing as Nebraska's all-time leading tackler.

"I knew Barrett was big in Nebraska, but I remember being at a (Nebraska) basketball game last winter and they introduced all the assistant coaches and everyone else got a nice round of applause, and the whole Pinnacle Bank Arena erupted with the Ruud chant when he came out," Husker head coach Scott Frost said.

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"He's the right guy to have in Nebraska. I thought it was a good year in Nebraska talentwise. If we can sign five scholarship-quality players from the state every year, that'll be a good start for us. Those five guys are going to be huge for us. I think they'll help be the backbone of the program we're building."

Also, defensive line coach Mike Dawson deserves a shout-out for helping land Ty Robinson, the marquee defender of the class.

"I don't know if I've seen one coach work as hard for one player as coach Daws did to get Ty — not just Ty but also Mosai (Newsome), Brant Banks out of Houston, (and) Ethan Piper — who I don't think gets the credit he deserves," Frost said. "We needed to add to the depth and talent level on the defensive line, and Coach Dawson did a great job."

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


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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