While the Nebraska football team left the Big 12 a little while ago, it appears its heart is still in that conference in some ways. The school has ventured back into the state of Missouri in order to engage in a recruiting battle for a player that appears to be one that would help the program out whether he plays receiver or defensive back. While the Huskers have not recruited the state of Missouri all that hard in the past, 2018 has a few players that have the coaching staff quite interested.

Show me the talent

It should be pointed out that Mario Goodrich isn't the only player from Missouri that the Nebraska football team has quite a bit of interest in.

Goodrich just happens to be among the best of what is a surprisingly deep class of recruits from the Show Me state this year. The four-star recruit has been equally effective for his Lee's Summit West High School -- both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. As a junior, he pulled down 15 passes for 282 yards and six touchdowns. He also carried the ball 26 times for 181 yards, and another two TDs.

The Nebraska football team, like other schools on this list, are interested in the athlete because he covers opponents as well as he avoids them. On defense, he had 46 tackles and seven interceptions. This comes one year after he recorded 45 tackles. He's a talented player that is much sought after in the midwest.

The competition

The Nebraska football team is going hard after Goodrich, though so far he hasn't tipped his hand. In addition to the Huskers, the player is being sought after by Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Kansas, and Minnesota. In other words, the Huskers know the schools they are trying to beat out quite well, since they are all either in the Big 12 or the Big 10.

The only thing that's surprising about the recruitment of Goodrich is that there aren't more schools that have offered him a scholarship. Because he has not tipped his hand just yet, it might be a while before we even find out who will be in final four for this player's services.