Josh Lynn made no apologies for not getting even a third of the recruiting class that the previous Nebraska-Kearney coach brought into the program last year.
True, Josh Lamberson’s class of 73 recruits last February was shocking, and record-setting, but he left UNK after two years to take an assistant coaching post at Abilene Christian, joining former Northwest Missouri State coach Adam Dorrell in December.
But that’s all behind Loper football.
Lynn took over at UNK on Jan. 5 and announced a class of 28 recruits, including Lincoln East quarterback Carson Walters and lineman Cavion Randall, Sandhills/Thedford linebacker Jacey Nutter, and two players from perennial power Omaha North.
He said the class may grow by a few more players as he waits for some junior-college transfers.
“We’ve had just a few days, relatively speaking, and I know I’ve put in at least 7,000 miles in four weeks and the only ticket I got was because I left my personal car on campus and they gave me a ticket,” said Lynn, who coached at Eastern New Mexico before taking the post at UNK.
“We know recruiting is going to be the key to building a team to compete in the MIAA.”
He joked, “Maybe we’ll have to figure out a way to stop Northwest Missouri State and Central Missouri from coming up here and getting some really good kids.”
Three Norris linemen are headed to NCAA Division II schools.
Central Missouri coach Jim Svoboda, who once coached at Nebraska Wesleyan, signed Erik Fisbeck, a lineman from Norris; Omaha Central quarterback Jordan Flowers; and receiver Junior Johnson from state champion Bellevue West, among others.
Wayne State signed Norris offensive lineman Nick Gray.
New Northwest Missouri coach Rich Wright, whose school has counted on a number of Nebraskans while winning the last two Division II national championships, signed Jack Carnie, a lineman from Norris; all-city linebacker Braden Dey of Lincoln North Star; Corbin Ruth, a Malcolm native who played defensive back at Seward; and Jacob Ruzicka, an all-state tight end from Wahoo.
“Nebraska has a lot of great student-athletes and we’re just getting to know the coaches,” UNK's Lynn said. “We have gotten so much support and help from everybody in the state.
“It’s funny. I haven’t worried about sleep because we felt like we were doing a good job recruiting and didn’t want to stop,” he said.
As for Walters, Lynn said it was important to get a mobile quarterback who fits the new offense for the Lopers. “He’s a good person, good student and I think he’s going to help us get going.”
UNK won just one game the last two seasons.
Walters said he was impressed with the new offense and new coaches.
“I fell in love with the offense and what he’s (Lynn) trying to do,” he said. “I’m going to play my hardest and see what I can show.”