Sunday, Nebraska football was able to make the top group for 2022 three-star strong-side defensive end Nico Davillier.
Davillier is the 47th overall defensive tackle in his class, and the sixth overall player in his class from the state of Arkansas per the 247Sports composite rankings. Right now, Arkansas and Nebraska are his top two schools. Currently, 247Sports crystal ball predictions are not trending in Nebraska’s favor. Arkansas appears to be the school in the lead for his services.
What could he bring to the Nebraska football program? Measuring in at six-foot-four, 275 pounds, he is a very good run defender. He is able to recognize the play and fill the gaps the offensive lineman create. As far as how he would fit in the Nebraska football defense, this would give the Huskers a player who can stop the run with ease as well as give them a bigger body at the defensive end position.
Nebraska often asks the first level of their defense to do quite a bit in order to stop the run. This is where I think he would fit tremendously in terms of his skill set. Usually, Nebraska asks the linebackers to do quite a bit in stopping the run. Davillier would certainly be able to do that as well.
In addition to what he brings in terms of run defense, he is also an effective pass rusher. He is able to come off the edge and swim by his defender in order to make a play. This is where he could help Nebraska football. His skill set would be able to help them given the offensive prowess of the rest of the Big Ten.
Nebraska currently has two commitments in the 2022 class. Ernest Hausmann and Victor Jones Jr. are the two players currently in the class. The class itself ranks 57th overall nationally and 13th overall in the Big Ten per the 247Sports Team Rankings. I would expect that to change, as Nebraska football usually adds more to their class in the back half of the year.
I’ll be interested to see what comes of this recruitment, as Davillier would be a nice get for Nebraska. Nebraska needs to continue to recruit solid players that can play off the edge. He can certainly do that. Nebraska already has a strong base for the 2022 class, and now it’s time for them to build on it.