Nebraska signed just one player Wednesday on National Signing Day – wide receiver Demariyon Houston from Millwood High in Oklahoma City. Addressing the media from Memorial Stadium, Husker Head Coach Scott Frost said that during this signing period, it was slim pickings.
“This year was different than last year,” Frost said. “Last year, there were quite a few players available after the first signing day. This year there weren’t near as many, and the guys that were (available), were recruited by everybody.”
However, Frost is happy with Houston, their latest Signee. “Demariyon is a kid who can really run,” Frost said. “Our offense, as long as I’ve been in it, has been really successful and dangerous when we have a bunch of people that are weapons and that do a lot with the ball in their hands.”
Houston, who was also a cornerback and punt returner for his high school team, will provide much needed depth to a wide receiver corps that desperately needs it.
“Receiver was one of the areas where we were way below the number of players that we need – or would like to have – when we walked into the door a year ago,” Frost said. “We felt like we could use one more, and we were glad he was available.”
Houston is one of three receivers in the 2019 class, along with Jamie Nance and Darien Chase. They’ll have big shoes to fill, considering Stanley Morgan, Nebraska’s all time career leader in receptions and receiving yards, played his final game in a Husker uniform in the Fall.
After a disappointing 2018 campaign that ended without a bowl trip, Frost is itching to get his team back out onto the field. With the first spring practice slated for March 4th, it’ll be time soon enough.
The players are ready too. Frost said that from his office view located just above the weight room, he’s liked what he’s seen so far. He noted that players were putting in effort, which wasn’t necessarily the case last season.
“Last year, we had guys who couldn’t even get through workouts that had no idea how hard we wanted them to work and weren’t motivated to do it,” Frost said. “This year, we aren’t starting from square one.”
2018 was a humbling experience for Frost, who isn’t used to getting that much time off in December. For once, he actually spent Christmas at home. “It was nice to be with family (but) I don’t ever want it to happen again.”