As the traditional signing day played out Wednesday, the Huskers secured a finish inside the top 25 range for a fourth consecutive year, according to rankings by Rivals and 247Sports. Each list the number of NU Class of 2020 scholarship signees at 24, including Lincoln Southeast defensive back Isaac Gifford, who is a “blueshirt” until going on scholarship in the fall.
The Huskers sat at 17th nationally late Wednesday according to Rivals, though multiple teams could potentially move up with commits who were not yet counted as signed. Still, Nebraska is set to do something it has never done in 17 years of Rivals rankings — put together consecutive top 20 classes.
The Huskers are 20th according to 247 and are firmly in the top 25 regardless of other schools’ finishes. Coach Scott Frost’s program was waiting on one 2020 prospect Wednesday — three-star defensive lineman Tanoa Togiai out of Rigby, Idaho, who chose Utah.
Both the 2017 and 2018 classes were consensus top 25 for NU, though both took the brunt of the coaching transition from Mike Riley to Frost. Nine players remain from the 2017 class that started with 20 signees and 12 are left from the 24 who signed for 2018.
Nebraska’s 2019 class — Frost’s first full talent haul — ranked 15th and 18th by Rivals and 247, respectively.
The program’s roster makeover under Frost also officially continued Wednesday. Of 160 players listed on the team website, 28 were there prior to Frost’s arrival in December 2017. Of those, 20 are scholarship players — 11 seniors and nine juniors.
The Nebraska women’s basketball team hits the road in the mid-week for a Thursday night Big Ten showdown with No. 20 Iowa. Tip-off between the Huskers (15-7, 5-6 Big Ten) and the Hawkeyes (18-4, 9-2 Big Ten) is set for 6:30 p.m. (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
The game will be broadcast on Big Dog Country 98.9 FM and 1340 AM with the Husker Sports Network.
The Nebraska softball team opens its 2020 season this weekend in Las Cruces, N.M., at the Troy Cox Classic. The tournament is hosted by New Mexico State and will take place at the NM State Softball Complex. The Huskers will play a total of five games from Feb. 6-9.
On Thursday, Nebraska plays host school New Mexico State at 5 p.m. CT. On Friday, the Huskers compete against UTEP at 12:30 p.m. CT. On Saturday, NU plays Bradley (10:30 a.m. CT) and UTEP (3 p.m. CT). The Huskers conclude the tournament against No. 20/24 Arkansas on Sunday at 10 a.m. CT.