LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Fullback Harrison Jordan #38 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers carries the flag as the team enter the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)It is still the 2018 recruiting cycle, but Nebraska football just picked up its first 2020 commitment. It is a good one too.Athens (Ala.) three-star dual-threat quarterback Logan Smothers announced his commitment to the Huskers on Twitter tonight. Smothers was offered by Nebraska in May.His commitment comes after he and his family took a 13-hour road trip from Alabama to Lincoln for an unofficial visit.“After a 13 hour road trip with the family and a whole day on campus with the coaching staff, I am extremely blessed to announce I am COMMITTED to the University of Nebraska!” Smothers tweeted.After a 13 hour road trip with the family and a whole day on campus with the coaching staff, I am extremely blessed to announce I am COMMITTED to the University of Nebraska!??@coach_frost @Coach_Verdu @CoachChinander @HuskerFBNation #GBR #2020visioN pic.twitter.com/BPqf5MtWFL— Logan Smothers (@logan_smothers) July 27, 2018The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Smothers is the No. 12 dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He picked the Huskers over offers from Austin Peay, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Tennessee Tech, Troy and UAB.With Smothers’ commitment, Nebraska becomes the sixth Big Ten school to have a prospect verbally pledge for the 2020 class.
WASHINGTON – U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in May, but the pace of construction remains significantly higher than a year ago as the real estate sector increasingly reflects the stronger job market.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that housing starts last month fell 11.1 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.04 million homes. Economists say that starts increased so sharply in April — surging 22 per cent to an annual rate of 1.17 million — that some giveback was inevitable in May.And in a promising sign for the months ahead, approved building permits rose increased 11.8 per cent to an annual rate of 1.28 million — the highest level since August 2007.“While the May starts data was a bit of a disappointment, the permit data was much stronger than expected suggesting starts should continue to improve in coming months, supporting job creation and the broader economy,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at the brokerage BTIG.There were fewer starts last month in all four major geographic regions: the Midwest, Northeast, South and Midwest, driven in large part by a monthly decline in the rate of apartment construction.Still, housing starts have increased 6 per cent year-to-date, aided by the spillover effects of strong job growth and relatively low mortgage rates. Construction firms appear ready to increase building activity of both houses and apartment complexes in the coming months to satisfy the growing demand for housing.Employers have added 3.1 million jobs over the past 12 months — new paychecks that are flowing into the housing market as more Americans have the income to buy new houses at a median price of roughly $300,000. Sales of new homes have climbed nearly 24 per cent year-to-date, according to a separate Commerce Department report.There are also more Americans renting. Even though job growth has accelerated, the economy has slowly crawled back over the past six years from the Great Recession. The Washington-based think-tank Urban Institute estimated in a recent report that 13 million additional households will be renting by 2030, compared with 9 million additional homeowners.But the increased demand has kept supplies tight, feeding expectations that builders will respond by breaking ground on more houses and apartment complexes in the coming months.As of April, the market for new homes had 4.8 months of supply, compared with 5.6 months a year ago. A healthy market generally contains six months’ worth of supply.Builders also have an increasingly positive outlook on sales.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose to 59 this month, up five points from 54 the May reading. Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.Mortgage rates have started to climb, although they remain low by historic standards.The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate was 4.04 per cent last week, according to the mortgage firm Freddie Mac. That is up from 3.87 per cent in the prior week. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2015 6:45 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2015 at 10:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US homebuilding falls 11.1 pct. in May, but permits to build at highest level since 2007 In this Monday, June 8, 2015 photo, a worker carries a load of lumber to a new home construction site in Mechanicsville, Va. U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in May, but the pace of construction remains significantly higher than a year ago as the real estate sector increasingly reflects the stronger job market. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)