Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost watches the action on the filed against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
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Big Red Recon: No Offseason Slow Down For the Huskers to Close 2021

December 03, 2021

What a busy time for Nebraska football right now. The offseason has begun but nothing has slowed down as the Huskers try to fill four coach openings, recruit 2022 players, find portal players and convince players on the team to stay for the 2022 season. If this first week is any indication, this offseason is going to be a wild ride in Lincoln.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2022 Commits

Chase Androff, Tight End, Lakeville, Minnesota

Jake Appleget, Outside Linebacker, Lincoln, Nebraska

Ernest Hausmann, Outside Linebacker, Columbus, Nebraska

Ashton Hayes, Running Back, Reno, Nevada

Victor Jones Jr., Wide Receiver, Orlando, Florida

Jalil Martin, Defensive Back, Chicago, Illinois

Grant Page, Wide Receiver, Boulder, Colorado

Gage Stenger, athlete, Omaha, Nebraska

Richard Torres, Quarterback, San Antonio, Texas

2022 Needs

QB 0 DL 0
RB 0 MLB 0
WR 0 OLB 1
TE 0 DB 2
OL 2 K/P 0

The Recon:

>> It was something to see the news come out that quarterback Adrian Martinez would be transferring from Nebraska. This is one of those cases were a few things are true at the same time. Martinez is the most statistically prolific quarterback in school history. He also turned the ball over a lot and his teams didn’t win much. That being said coach Scott Frost wanted Martinez back for 2022. He said it multiple times publicly and to television broadcast crews. If you were in Frost’s position, would you rather enter a critical fifth season with Martinez or take your chances with the inexperienced players on the roster? The team can go into the portal but that has potential to be a bust, too.

>> Since Frost decided to fire four offensive assistants during the season the thought was things would move quickly after the season. That hasn’t happened yet. The offensive line coach most associated with the job is Donovan Raiola. The Chicago Bears assistant offensive line coach is scheduled to interview this week with Frost. Raiola has an interesting background with a lot of connections to players around the country despite not recruiting before. The question is if Frost can afford a gamble on a coach without Power Five experience at this spot.

>> The feeling right now is that all signs point to Ron Brown being running backs coach. Unless there is a reshuffling of duties on the staff, it seems like the longtime Husker coach will be back in a full-time role. If Frost hires Brown it will be a very safe choice to help turn around the running back room.

>> As Hail Varsity reported, the Huskers are set to bring Mickey Joseph onto the coaching staff as wide receivers coach. This is great news for some of the talented players in the room with a lot of potential. It’s also great news for the Huskers’ recruiting efforts. Joseph is known as an ace recruiter, so it will be fun to track his impact there. It wouldn’t surprise me if he carries the title of recruiting coordinator, too.

>> The biggest mystery of the entire coach search has been who the offensive coordinator candidates are. That’s surprising since Frost said that he’d like that position filled first in case the new coordinator had ideas on who to hire in the other spots. At this point, a lot of names have been thrown around, but there are none I feel comfortable reporting.

>> The Huskers have a pair of big players considering moves to the NFL. There has been a lot of chatter this week about Cam Jurgens’ decision on if he wants to enter the NFL Draft. Don’t forget the other side of the ball. Nose tackle Damion Daniels could be a coveted run stopper in the draft. I don’t think the chances are good that we see Jurgens or Daniels as Huskers in 2022.

>> This weekend will be the busiest this recruiting cycle for official visitors. The Huskers will host five visitors. Four are uncommitted. Transfer defensive back Ryan Stapp joins Mississippi defensive back Malcolm Hartzog, California defensive end Brodie Tagaloa and 4-star New Jersey defensive back Jaeden Gould.

Gould attended the same high school as Rahmir Johnson and recently decommitted from USC. We’ll have a full visit preview on the site later today.

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