Wan'Dale Robinson

Wan'Dale Robinson picks up yards during the All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 in San Antonio.

Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class is well-represented in 247Sports' final recruiting rankings for the cycle.

The service released its "Top 247" on Wednesday afternoon and the Huskers had six players ranked among the top 200 in the country.

All-purpose back Wandale Robinson leads the way after a big jump, checking in at No. 40 overall in the country. In-state inside linebacker Nick Henrich is No. 92, offensive tackle Bryce Benhart is No. 121, defensive back Noa Pola-Gates is No. 134, defensive lineman Ty Robinson is No. 166 and wide receiver Darien Chase is No. 200.

Coach Scott Frost was quick to say in December on National Signing Day that he believed the strength in the class was not only the top-end players in the eyes of the recruiting services, but the depth of quality the Huskers think they have in a class that now numbers 26 signees.

NU’s class received similarly high marks from Rivals when that group’s final rankings came out earlier this month. There, Wandale Robinson finished No. 61, Ty Robinson No. 91, Pola-Gates No. 116, Henrich No. 127 and Benhart No. 139.

Wandale Robinson’s lofty ranking — he was outside the 247Sports top 100 before the final update — makes him one of the highest-rated recruits in recent years to sign with Nebraska.

In its final list, 247Sports designated 32 players in the country as five-star prospects, making Wandale Robinson one of the highest-rated four-stars.

Huskers offer 2020 speedster: The Nebraska coaching staff made a torrent of Class of 2020 offers this month.

One on Wednesday jumped out for a particular reason: speed.

Running back Marcellus Moore (Plainfield, Illinois) tweeted that he received an offer from NU on Wednesday morning. The 5-foot-8, 165-pounder just finished his junior year as a running back for Plainfield North High — he had 170-plus rushing yards in the team’s first game of the season, but total stats were not immediately available — but his most eye-popping numbers came on the track.

Moore won several Class 3A state titles in Illinois back in May, including running a meet-record 10.31 seconds in the 100 meters. He also won the 200 in 21.30 and anchored the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Simply put: He’s fast.

That performance was enough for Moore to be named the Gatorade Player of the Year for track and field in Illinois.

So, an intriguing name to keep an eye on. According to his 247Sports profile, Moore has offers from much of the Big Ten West, including Iowa, Illinois and Purdue.

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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