Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.
Spend any time on Nebraska’s campus around the football stadium and you can’t miss the huge construction site. Construction is the norm on a college campus but this project is among the largest in state history. Nebraska will have a three-level, 315,000 square-foot athletic facility soon. Nebraska announced the project in the fall of 2019. It is currently on schedule to open in time for the 2023 season.
Players in the 2023 recruiting class will spend their entire careers in the new facility. Senior director of player personnel and recruiting Vince Guinta recently shared that the program is already seeing the impact of the new facility.
“Absolutely we are seeing it,” Guinta said. “Honestly, when you talk about kids that have come through recently, we’ve had some young men that were pretty high-level recruits. Highly-recruited young men that have come through over the last month or so. One, this current facility is very impressive as it is so when you show them what’s coming, it’s really eye opening for them. Matt Davison is very involved in how we show that to them. The way he puts it, I think is really impactful for them.”
Davison has a clear goal in those talks with recruits: show them Nebraska has all the things you need to succeed. One of the things you’d have access to is a world-class facility. Guinta knows players would be spending the majority of their time in those facilities. Selling them on the building makes an impact.
The new building has come up a lot with recruits that visited campus recently. Rising 2024 tight end Christian Bentancur was very impressed with what Nebraska currently has in place.
“[Nebraska] blew our minds, because I didn’t know how good the [current] facilities were gonna be but it was amazing,” Bentancur said. “Plus. the new $150 million facility that they’re putting in, that’ll be done by next year. That’s just absolutely crazy.”
When asked what would stick out to him most about the visit to Nebraska the tight end named two things: the people at Nebraska and the new facility which the Huskers are saying will be the best in the nation. Bentancur wasn’t alone in his feelings. Iowa 2024 linebacker Derek Weisskopf echoed his thoughts.
“All the new facilities being built sound awesome,” Weisskopf said. “They’re making a brand-new weight room, indoor facility and all that. I’m surprised they are ripping down the old ones. It’s crazy because the ones right now are really impressive. The new ones are going to be even more impressive.”
Recruits are getting many more details about the future facility than the rest of us at this point. What Nebraska is showing off seems to be making an impact based on talking to recruits this spring. The new building gives the Huskers another selling point. They need them all in the competitive world of college football recruiting.
>> Bentancur has stayed hot on the recruiting trail and was offered by Wisconsin on Saturday.
After a fantastic conversation with Coach Chryst, I’m blessed to say that I have received my eighth offer to play football at the University of Wisconsin!! @CoachHaering @bobby_engram @Coach_B_Lewis @CoachTurnerUW @BadgerFootball #blessed pic.twitter.com/F4cZEoP3DC
— Christian Bentancur (@cbentancur18) April 16, 2022
>> The Huskers offered 2024 Florida defensive back Kensley Faustin this weekend.
#AGTG Beyond blessed and thankful to have received an offer from The University of Nebraska @CoachTFisher @BHoward_11 @adamgorney @24k7v7 @BillyEmbody @RWrightRivals @Andrew_Ivins @coachcitro @naplesfootball @cmitchell2284 pic.twitter.com/x1CxdbBWGI
— Kensley faustin 🇭🇹 4🌟DB (@FaustinKensley) April 17, 2022
>> Check out the offers that recent Husker visitor Barry Jackson Jr has racked up.
— Barry Jackson jr. (@Barryj4k) April 14, 2022
>> Class of 2024 defensive back Jaylen Heyward picked up an offer from the Huskers.
Blessed to receive a(n) offer from the University of Nebraska !!🔴⚪️ @CoachTFisher @CoachBeckton @CoachChinander @SeanDillonNU @HuskerFBNation @coach_frost #GBR 🌽 #Huskers #BIG10 pic.twitter.com/7lGA5eTA30
— Jaylen Heyward 4🌟 DB (@Jayasii) April 17, 2022
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Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.