It’s difficult to wrap the 2022 recruiting class without thinking of the totality of the offseason. Nebraska signed 18 players for the 2022 recruiting class. There are 15 high schoolers who signed to go along with three junior college players. There was a time when the class was going to be 12 which seems like a long time ago.
We knew that coach Scott Frost was facing a pivotal offseason. The 2021 season was another disappointing one that did not meet expectations. Consider the thoughts around the program when the clock hit zero against Iowa. The feeling about the program is in a different place today. There will be jokes and eye rolls about winning the offseason again but I’d argue that there was no way for the Huskers to win more next season without having a successful offseason.
It was a wild finish to the 2022 recruiting class. The Huskers added nine members to the recruiting class from Dec. 1 until Feb. 2. The team added 10 scholarship transfers to the team. There were 17 mid-year enrollees in total. The roster has been flipped completely in Lincoln. Many did not think this was possible at the end of the season. It is tough to come up with a position group that hasn’t been changed by attrition, transfers or incoming signees.
The Huskers didn’t really take players just to have additional numbers. The team was able to fill many needs this offseason. The biggest one was quarterback. It was imperative to land at least one quarterback this offseason. Nebraska landed a pair of quality transfers with Casey Thompson and Chubba Purdy. Talent has been infused across the board on the team too. The running back, wide receiver and defensive back rooms all look different. Many new faces have been added since the end of the season. Frost noted the work the team did in filling needs during his National Signing Day press conference.
“We signed a lot of the pieces that we needed in the early signing but we have a lot of additions,” Frost said. “Two new freshmen that signed with us today. We feel like we’re putting some pieces together that are going to fit well with the team we already have. It gives us a chance to work with them and try to get better, so we’re excited about it.”
The 10 scholarship additions to Nebraska this offseason all have a chance to play next season. Each is in Lincoln working in the weight room for winter conditioning. Having the ability to go through spring football with the program will be huge for those players. That is more true since there will be tweaks to the offense with a new offensive coordinator. New position coaches are seeing things with fresh eyes. That will level the playing field across the board.
Those new assistant coaches have infused energy into the program. Frost noted that on Wednesday. We’ve seen the effort pick up from the Huskers on the recruiting trail. The results were there with the finish to the class. We are already seeing positive signs for 2023 recruiting. Some of that is based on the new coaching hitting the pavement for Nebraska.
You can’t tell the story of this recruiting cycle and offseason without the transfers being a major part of it. Those players are the key to Nebraska being a bowl team in the 2022 season. Adding five new coaches to the full-time staff is also a big part of the story. There is a lot of work left. The team has to come together before kicking off the season in Dublin.
For now though, the program is in a much better spot now than the start of December.
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.