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The Nebraska football team has had some big wins and some big losses in the 2019 recruiting cycle. On Monday afternoon (February 4), Scott Frost and company were dealt a loss that has to sting a bit more than most. It also has more than a few Cornhusker fans scratching their heads about the way the team has been closing this particular recruiting cycle. Steven Parker, a defensive end that seemed to be a perfect fit for a defense that desperately needed a pass rusher, picked the Kansas Jayhawks over the Huskers. This came just days before the official signing day on Wednesday (February 6).

Nebraska football loses out on another top target

It's always a bit painful for Cornhusker fans to lose a recruiting battle to a team like Kansas.

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It's even more painful for the fan base when you are losing to the Jayhawks on a player that plays a position of need. It's also painful because Parker's commitment to the Big 12 school comes on the heels of yet another somewhat surprising recruiting loss.

Dylan Jordan had been thought to be a shoo-in for Nebraska, once upon a time. He went from a completely unheralded defender to a four-star prospect in the span of about a month. Another school started competing for his services. Then he picked TCU over the Huskers and Scott Frost and company had to be wondering what happened. While Parker wasn't quite the shoo-in that Jordan was thought to be, it has to be a bit perplexing for the coaches to have such a hard time landing a pass rusher the Black Shirts so desperately need.

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The losses of both Steven Parker and Dylan Jordan are frustrating for everyone involved. There was still good news with Noa Pola-Gates. He fit the bill when it came to one need in the defensive backfield. The issue is that it appears the Huskers are going to roll with what they have on the defensive line for 2019.

No plan C for the Huskers?

Now that Jordan and Steven Parker have both chosen other teams, it appears that Erik Chinander and company are going to have to figure something out with the current roster, as a real backup plan doesn't exist. There are some who think that Parker was plan B for Dylan Jordan.

Of course, Parker is plenty good himself, as he's a four-star pass rusher out of Texas.

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In a perfect world, the Nebraska football team would have managed to reel them both in. For now, it appears the Huskers will play second fiddle to TCU and Kansas until Scott Frost truly rights the Huskers' ship.