Nebraska's 2018 class — that already has three commits in it — should grow bigger after the April 15 spring game, which is shaping up as a big unofficial visit weekend.
Nebraska's work at recruiting the quarterback position tends to work itself out; if Yankoff opts elsewhere, NU will have a strong bullpen behind him. Based on spring camp, Nebraska is in solid shape at quarterback for several years to come, too. (Coaches rave about true freshman Tristan Gebbia's grasp of the game.)
Running back is a little bit more interesting. If Bellevue West's Jaylin Bradley hadn't been in the state, the Huskers might have come up empty at running back in the 2017 class.
Pledger, who played last year at Los Angeles Chaminade — the alma mater of former Husker Terrell Newby — has now transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. That'd generally be bad news for Nebraska, save for one thing — NU's top cornerback target in the 2018 class, Brendan Radley-Hiles, also transferred to IMG for his senior year. And Radley-Hiles, who played at Calabasas (Calif.) and has long been high on the Huskers, wants to bring the IMG party to Nebraska.
The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Pledger rushed for 1,881 yards and 32 touchdowns last season for Chaminade. He has a nose for the big play, and he's built most similar to current Husker back Mikale Wilbon, with a better speed kick at the end. He's a top 50 prospect according to all four major recruiting services. Scout rates him at the nation's No. 20 overall prospect.
Pledger's top eight — Clemson, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon Tennessee and UCLA — is eclectic. The teams to watch — the teams that could be Nebraska's top competition — are Oklahoma and, just a hunch, Oregon.
The Sooners are on a roll recruiting running backs, and their offense puts yards and points on the board. The Ducks, meanwhile, have a head coach (Willie Taggart) who knows Bradenton, Fla., well — that's where he's from.
But Nebraska can win this recruiting battle, too. Pledger is part of "Calibraska," he's at IMG with a key NU target and he's seen a Chaminade alum have a big career at Nebraska. There's a lot to like. It's a recruiting battle that Reggie Davis can close and win.