Zach Potter, Harrison Beck and Zack Bowman highlighted Nebraska's 2005 recruiting, Bill Callahan's first full class as Huskers' head coach. The 28-man group ranked third in the Big 12 and eighth nationally (247Sports). Since then, Nebraska has cracked the nation's top 20 classes only twice and never ranked inside the top 15. That could change in 2019.
Bryce Benhart, a 2019 four-star offensive tackle from Lakeville, Minn., committed to Nebraska on Oct. 28, one week after visiting Lincoln. Benhart's pledge came three days after Darien Chase, a four-star athlete from Camas, Wash., and three days before Javin Wright, a three-star cornerback from Chandler, Ariz., picked the Huskers, respectively. The trio gave Scott Frost and Nebraska 20 commits for this year's recruiting class, which is now entering historic territory.
As of Nov. 8, the Huskers' 2019 class ranked 21st nationally and fourth in the Big Ten, both of which would rank among their classes since joining the conference in 2011. And if they finish 21st nationally, it'd be their fourth-best class since 2000. They already have six four-star commits, which ties last year's class for the program's most since 2013.
That's great in itself, as is their current average rating of .8803, which is only .0019 behind their 2011 class, whose 0.8832 rating ranked 16th in the FBS and second in the Big Ten.
Here's the potentially historic part: The class could get even better.
Two uncommitted four-star players are set to visit in the next two weeks: Ty Robinson, a strong-side defensive end from Gilbert, Ariz., and Lloyd Summerall, a weak-side defensive end from Lakeland, Fla. A third four-star recruit, Noa Pola-Gates, a cornerback from Gilbert, visited for the Minnesota game, and several three-star players, including corner Tavian Mayo from Leesburg, Ga., and athlete Jamel Starks from Decatur, Ga., have visited and are reportedly considering the Huskers.
Nebraska's 2019 class won't sniff that 2005 class, but if Frost and his staff can grab one more high-end player like Robinson or Summerall and supplement with other talent, they could sign the program's second- or third-highest-rated recruiting class in the internet era.