Nebraska aimed to sign as much talent as possible regardless of position on Wednesday, head coach Scott Frost said, and wound up loading up on offensive skill players as a result.
It’s an area in need of talent infusion, even with receivers Stanley Morgan and JD Spielman returning and a group of running backs, perhaps including a healthy Tre Bryant, back, too.
“Part of it is a fit thing,” Frost said. “We wanted to go out and recruit kids that we thought fit into our scheme and I’ve been recruiting to this scheme for a while and kind of have an idea of what fits and what’s going to work in this scheme.”
Among 24 total signees, NU signed four players listed as receivers, three more listed as athletes on the offensive side of the ball, two running backs and a tight end.
Running backs Greg Bell and Maurice Washington garnered much attention, but don’t lose sight of Miles Jones, who committed in January and could line up at running back, in the slot or even outside.
“Those guys have thrived in our system,” Frost said. “From the De’Anthony Thomas, Josh Huff, Kenjon Barner mold (at Oregon), to Otis Anderson in Orlando. That’s how we see him.”
When Jones was on his visit, NU offensive coordinator Troy Walters showed him film of Anderson to highlight how he'd fit in the offense. Jones' head coach at American Heritage, former NFL defensive back Patrick Surtain, says the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder can do it all.
"He's a Swiss Army knife," Surtain said. "He's just a special player. If you get him one-on-one in space, he's hard to handle. ... He a tough kid. We line up in 23 personnel in an I-formation and let him run between the tackles. He runs over people."