With Nebraska set to lose Ciante Evans, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Andrew Green and Mohammed Seisay after this season, it’s no surprise that defensive back is a recruiting focus for the Huskers.
And that this will be an important offseason for NU assistant coach Terry Joseph.
Joseph said Friday at the Big Red Breakfast that “I’m going to have to go get at least four DBs” and said specifically that NU would look at taking two junior-college players.
“So I’ll be coast-to-coast again,” he said.
With Nebraska building a foundation along the defensive line and at linebacker, Joseph said it’s “very, very important” that the Huskers “find some junior-college corners who can come in immediately and help us secure that position.”
Nebraska currently has commitments from two defensive backs — Joshua Kalu from Houston and Trai Mosley from Pflugerville, Texas. Luke Gifford out of Lincoln Southeast also is a potential safety.
Evans has played both corner and nickel as a three-year starter. Jean-Baptiste has emerged as a strong All-Big Ten candidate with a team-leading four interceptions and six pass breakups.
Joseph said Jean-Baptiste set himself up for a big senior year by his work through the winter, spring and summer.
“He’s playing tough, he’s playing physical,” Joseph said. “But the biggest thing to me is he’s playing confident.”
We’ll have a complete story from the Big Red Breakfast posted soon and in our Metro edition.