Space in Nebraska's 2019 recruiting class is dwindling, but the Huskers are still recruiting at least one potential backfield weapon. 

Running backs coach Ryan Held was in Ohio on Tuesday to see 2019 running back John Bivens of Archbishop Alter High in Dayton. Bivens had previously scheduled an official visit for this coming weekend, and despite the Monday signing of junior college back Dedrick Mills, that visit appears to still be on. 

"Can't wait for this weekend," Bivens tweeted along with a photo of he and Held. 

NU has already signed Mills, along with high school backs Ronald Thompkins (Loganville, Georgia) and Rahmir Johnson (Oradell, New Jersey), all three of whom are expected to arrive on campus this summer. 

Bivens first announced he had a scholarship offer all the way back in February, so he's been on Held's radar screen for a considerable amount of time. 

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound back did not play at all during his senior season, but rushed for 1,308 yards (9.9 per carry) and 15 touchdowns in nine games as a junior, according to MaxPreps. 

Adding Mills on Monday moved NU to 25 signees out of a maximum of 30 for the current cycle. 

Given the pursuit of, at the very least, four-star defensive back Noa Pola-Gates (Gilbert, Arizona, who announces Saturday), four-star wide receiver Charles Njoku (Wayne, New Jersey), cornerback DJ James (Spanish Fort, Alabama) and at least one pass-rusher, space is getting tight. But Held visited Bivins and a visit appears to still be on track, making him a player to keep a close eye on. 

Huskers visit James: Speaking of James, the 6-foot defensive back, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and secondary coach Travis Fisher were in Alabama to see him on Tuesday. 

James just wrapped up his visit to NU on Sunday and has visits lined up to Oregon and Iowa the next two weekends, according to his 247Sports profile. 

The Huskers also spent considerable time in Alabama offering a host of 2020 players early this week. It's going to be a heavily recruited area going forward for Nebraska. 

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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