Nebraska has one spring practice in the books to get the team's feet wet, but now spring break is here. Well, as of this writing, spring break is almost over, and surely the coaches and players are chomping at the bit to get back to work. It has been fun to note all the players posting clips and photos of working out during the time off. It seems that not everyone is so keen on giving back those gains made over winter conditioning. It is particularly interesting that the three quarterbacks battling for the starting job in 2018 all got work in over the break. The next month of spring ball should be pretty fun and business will pick up quite a bit.
Garrett Nelson, defensive end, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Ethan Piper, defensive tackle, Norfolk, Nebraska
Garrett Snodgrass, athlete, York, Nebraska
>>It was previously announced that 4-star athlete/quarterback (HV Rating: 96) Isaiah Williams from Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis would be announcing his college choice today. It was widely known that he’d be committing to Illinois and he made it official Friday morning.
#Committed #AMDG 🙏🏾🎬 pic.twitter.com/zIRefBIiw8
— Isaiah Williams (@i_williams11) March 23, 2018
I have found the reaction to his commitment to be a bit odd. It’s natural to have some skepticism that Lovie Smith and Illinois will be able to hold on to Williams and 4-star Marquez Beason given the expectations of how the Illini’s season will go. However, there will likely be more big-time talent that joins the fold for them before there are any defections. Four-star linebackewr Shammond Cooper, 4-star wide receiver Marcus Washington, 3-star athlete Bryce Childress and offensive lineman Ira Henry all play on the same team as Williams. They are all very high on Illinois. There is a reason Illinois hired Cory Patterson, the former head coach at Trinity Catholic. It’s easy to dismiss what’s going on in Champaign, but I won’t.
>>Speaking of 3-star Bryce Childress (HV Rating: 83.3), I spoke with him the other night after he released his top seven, which included Nebraska. He has a lot in common with offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters and possibly has a decision date in mind. Check out that full interview here.
>>With a bit of a slow start to the 2019 class and not a lot of activity right now, I’ve gotten a few questions from people being concerned about the direction of the class. As far as commits go, Nebraska is currently fifth in the Big Ten West in number of commits (three). I would caution fans to not read too much into that because Nebraska has yet to have any recruiting events for the 2019 class. Its two junior days are coming soon, and the spring game will be a huge event for hosting recruits. There is something else at play here in my mind as well.
During the Mike Riley era, Nebraska fans got very used to seeing which highly-touted player would be on campus next or was picking up an offer. Under Scott Frost I believe there will need to be an adjustment in the way we view recruiting. This staff is going from more star gazing to recruiting mentality and fit. That means potentially there won’t be as many times where Nebraska offers big-time players regardless of fit. Often times when we talk about a player and their fit on a team, we are talking about if they fit the up-tempo offense or an attacking-style 3-4. For this staff, fit means the system and, sometimes more importantly, the culture.
After continuing to get to know these coaches, one thing I can say for sure is they are confident in their ability to develop. I am not saying classes won’t be good, but remember this staff got where it is by hanging their hats on development plus strength and conditioning. That should continue in Lincoln.
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.