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An Early Look at Huskers 2022 Recruiting Storylines

September 21, 2020

We recently turned the page to September. That means coaching staffs across America could start contact with 2022 prospects. With the new contact window opening up the Huskers’ coaching staff has been hard at work reaching out to prospects it feels are priorities. The Huskers are still finishing off the 2021 recruiting class. Still, why not take a peek ahead to some potential storylines for the 2022 class?

Here are a few early things I am keeping an eye on.

Local talent is strong again

The class of 2022 could have another strong local flavor for the Huskers. There are already four players in the state of Nebraska that hold offers from the Huskers. Outside linebacker Devon Jackson and offensive lineman Deshawn Woods have long held offers. Tight ends and teammates Kaden Helms and Micah Riley also have offers. There are 10 early offers out in the state of Missouri. It’s led by wide receiver Quinton Conley and defensive tackle Domonique Orange. The 2022 cycle is also strong in Kansas. Five prospects hold early offers from Nebraska in that state. Defensive end Caden Crawford and linebacker Gavin Meyers are a pair of Kansas natives who think highly of Nebraska. Iowa will also continue to be a focus. Offensive lineman Spruceton Buddenhagen and athlete Xavier Nwankpa hold offers.

Searching far and wide for a quarterback

Figuring out who will be Nebraska’s quarterback for the 2022 cycle will be interesting. Under Scott Frost and Mario Verduzco recruiting at the position has gone very well. Their signal-caller often commits early on in the process. Walker Howard was the dream target here, but he committed to home state LSU very early. Beyond him there are a host of players who would make for great fits for Nebraska. They hail from all over the country. MJ Morris is in Georgia. Gavin Wimsatt is from Kentucky. Ty Simpson is from Tennessee. A.J. Blanco is an intriguing player from Hawaii. The Huskers aren’t afraid to go anywhere to find a quarterback.

Who is the No. 1 target?

Each recruiting cycle it becomes pretty clear who is the Huskers’ number one target. There was no secret about how much the staff needed to haul in Thomas Fidone, Turner Corcoran, Wan’Dale Robinson or Adrian Martinez. Who will that player be for the 2022 class? If he hadn’t recently committed to Ohio State, Kansas defensive weapon Dasan McCullough would make a great choice. He’s a carbon copy of Isaiah Simmons and should have a terrific college career. If it’s not him it could be Texas offensive athlete Brenan Thompson. He’s got similar traits to Robinson which makes him a great fit for Nebraska. Another name I’ll throw into the mix is Colorado running back Gavin Sawchuck. The 5-star running back has been on the radar for a long time. He attends the same high school that produced quarterback Luke McCaffrey.

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