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Nebraska vs. Iowa, 11/24/17

Nebraska wide receiver Stanley Morgan (8) makes a one-handed touchdown catch against Iowa in November at Memorial Stadium. Morgan had a school-record 986 yards receiving last season.

Scott Frost and the new Nebraska coaching staff has been busy on the recruiting trail, taking a class that had dwindled to six players and building it to 20 (and counting).

The class is now ranked in the top 20 nationally by Rivals and No. 23 by 247Sports.

And yet, perhaps the biggest recruiting victory to date came Jan. 3 when junior wide receiver Stanley Morgan announced he was returning for his senior season rather than declaring for the NFL Draft.

Morgan set the NU school record with 986 yards and added 10 touchdown grabs in 11 games last fall and will be among the top returning pass-catchers in the Big Ten.

“It’s tough talking to some of these kids about their future when you’re just getting to know the kids," Frost said. "My second conversation ever with Stanley had to be about my opinion of his future. That’s always easier when you know the kids well and they trust you. But I know how good a player Stanley is and I think I he made a good decision and we’re thrilled to have him back. I think it’s probably going to be best for him to be in our offense for a year and I think it will really help him.”

Morgan and sophomore JD Spielman were the top-producing receiving duo in school history in 2017 and will form a familiar bedrock to a position group that will also have many new faces. 

Sophomore Tyjon Lindsey and redshirt freshman Javeon McQuitty also return -- McQuitty missed all of his freshman year with a knee injury -- but after that NU will largely rely on newcomers. 

The Huskers have five receivers in their current recruiting class and could still add more. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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