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Life in the Red: Huskers in contention for several 2022 DBs

Life in the Red: Huskers in contention for several 2022 DBs

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Nebraska football practice, 8/14

Nebraska defensive backs coach Travis Fisher watches players work out the details during practice at Hawks Championship Center on Aug. 14, 2019.

Nebraska has shown up in the top group of several class of 2022 defensive backs in recent days.

First, it was a pair of defensive backs from Georgia in versatile athlete Jake Pope (Buford) and Mumu Bin-Wahad (Grayson), and now more recently another pair from opposite ends of the country.

Four-star cornerback Benjamin Morrison (Phoenix) and three-star defensive back Avery Powell (Jersey City, New Jersey) each said via social media that the Huskers are among their top contenders in the past day.

Morrison, a standout at Brophy Prep and a consensus four-star recruit, has Nebraska among 10 finalists and has connections to the Husker program as a relative of NU redshirt freshman Javin Wright.

Nebraska scored big in the 2019 recruiting class in landing Wright, fellow defensive back Noa Pola-Gates and defensive lineman Ty Robinson out of Arizona. Since then, the Huskers haven’t had as much success in the region, though they did like freshman walk-on wide receiver Barron Miles Jr. (Chandler, Arizona) enough to put him on the travel roster several times.

Morrison is listed at 6-foot and 175 pounds.

Powell (5-10, 170) plays at St. Peters Prep in New Jersey, a part of the country NU has recruited best when Mike Dawson has been on staff. Powell put the Huskers in his top six along with Wisconsin, Penn State, Mississippi State, Mississippi and Boston College.

The Huskers have offers out to dozens of defensive backs around the country and secondary coach Travis Fisher often plays his cards pretty close to the vest in terms of who the Huskers are recruiting during normal cycles, but the above groups along with known interest and communication with a few others such as James Monds III (Fort Pierce, Florida), Jahsiah Galvan (West Liberty, Iowa) and Jordan Allen (Lafayette, Louisiana) provides at least a very rough working list of players NU is recruiting actively.

As is the case with just about everything at this stage of the 2022 cycle, it will be interesting and informative to see who Nebraska tries to get to campus (and who jumps at the chance) once the NCAA’s dead period ends on May 31 or after.

Nebraska is likely to lose safeties Marquel Dismuke and Deontai Williams and cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt after the 2021 season, and the Huskers have a wave of young, inexperienced talent coming in behind. NU also lost three 2020 DBs (Henry Gray, Jaiden Francois and Ronald Delancy) to the transfer portal and the secondary will be a key part of NU's 2022 recruiting class. It's also a particularly interesting one to watch given the relative lack of realistic regional options at this stage. 

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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