The Nebraska football team is hot on the trail of one of the best running backs in the 2020 class. Having already had success in recruiting New Jersey last cycle, Scott Frost and company are going back to the east coast in their recent offer of Tirek Murphy.

Murphy hails from Middle Village, New York, which is already a pretty rare trait when you are talking about some of the best players in the game.

Despite the fact that he comes from a spot that isn't known for being talent-rich when it comes to football players, Murphy is clearly one of the best backs in the 2020 class.

It's interesting that Nebraska has not focused on running backs all that much so far in the 2020 class. That could be because they managed to land a couple of very talented backs in the 2019 class such as Rahmir Johnson and Dedrick Mills.

Nebraska football going back to the well

Mills had been thought to be a lost cause at one point, but now he'll be looking to be the starting running back for Nebraska. If he can't make the top of the depth chart, it might end up being because Rahmir Johnson ends up stealing the job.

Johnson has the kind of speed Nebraska is coveting at the running back spot. The fact that they managed to land him from New Jersey has apparently convinced the Husker coaches they can get quite a bit of talent from that part of the country.

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Behind the numbers of Tirek Murphy

Nebraska is far from the only squad looking to lock up Murphy. The four-star running back already has a whopping 29 offers and a large portion of those are from Power 5 schools. The Huskers are going to need to make some serious inroads if they are going to steal him away from some of the programs that have been in on him longer.

Nebraska football is the latest program to come calling, but at the moment, 247Sports believes either the Michigan Wolverines or the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have the inside track.

There's very little reason to doubt that the fight for Murphy is going to be one that goes down to the wire.

This season, he will step into the starting and lead back role after sharing time in 2018. Despite that sharing of time, the state of New York's second-best prospect rushed for 627 yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging 5.3 yards a carry.

While he's not his team's first target through the air, he did manage to add 13 catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Those numbers and his raw talent are why 247Sports has him as the 20th best back in the entire class and the 322nd best player overall.

If the Nebraska football team could find a way to pull Tirek Murphy into Lincoln, it would be a heck of a get. It could also be the home run hitting running back the staff has been looking for when it comes to the 2020 class.

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