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Big Red Recon: Questions Still Loom for Huskers During Holidays

December 24, 2021

We have entered what is traditionally a slow time for Nebraska football. The holiday break always gives everyone a time to step back and recharge before official visits come back in January. This year is a little different. There is still a lot to be decided for the Huskers in the transfer portal. The team is also resetting the recruiting boards a bit with new coaches on staff giving input. There are a lot of big picture items coach Scott Frost needs to iron out as we celebrate the holidays with our families.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2022 Commits

Chase Androff, Tight End, Lakeville, Minnesota

Jake Appleget, Outside Linebacker, Lincoln, Nebraska

Decoldest Crawford, wide receiver, Shreveport, Louisiana

Justin Evans-Jenkins, Offensive Lineman, Irvington, New Jersey

Jaeden Gould, Defensive Back, Oradell, New Jersey

Malcolm Hartzog, Defensive Back, Bassfield, Mississippi

Ernest Hausmann, Outside Linebacker, Columbus, Nebraska

Emmett Johnson, Running Back, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Victor Jones Jr., Wide Receiver, Orlando, Florida

Jalil Martin, Defensive Back, Chicago, Illinois

DeShon Singleton, Defensive Back, Greensburg, Louisiana

Gage Stenger, Athlete, Omaha, Nebraska

Brodie Tagaloa, Defensive End, Concord, California

Richard Torres, Quarterback, San Antonio, Texas

2022 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> It is not a matter of if the Huskers bring in a transfer quarterback but when. The Huskers have seen two targets pass on joining the team so far. Myles Brennan decided to stay at LSU after a meeting with Brian Kelly. Kedon Slovis picked Pittsburgh. That hurt since I thought Slovis was going to be a home run pickup for the Huskers.

Now it appears that the Huskers are interested in Texas transfer Casey Thompson. Beyond Thompson the names I hear are Chubba Purdy, Zach Calzada, and Cam Ward. I don’t think its time to panic yet for Husker fans. Nebraska just needs the signal-caller in place by Jan. 18 when classes start.

>> The transfer portal has brought some interesting names into the mix for Nebraska this offseason. One of the latest is former Bellevue West star running back Jay Ducker. He’s transferring from Northern Illinois after being named MAC Freshman of the Year. Nebraska and Iowa are among the schools to reach out at this point. No official offers have been made yet. It will be interesting to see where Ducker lands.

>> Former defensive line coach Tony Tuioti has departed for Oregon. Frost gets a chance to make more staff changes. It doesn’t sound like the staff setup has been decided 100%. It makes sense if Mike Dawson slides down to coach defensive line. He can alsoe keep some outside linebacker responsibilities.

Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander could continue coaching the nickel position. He also can handle the field outside linebackers. That would give Frost the ability to promote Bill Busch to special teams coordinator/recruiting coordinator. Frost could also hire a running backs coach from outside the program. There have been so many staff shakeups around the country. It has some good running backs coaches looking for jobs. Things change quickly but that would all make sense.

>> Nebraska wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph is known for being a great recruiter. He’s got a big reputation for identifying talent and landing big-time players. He told his favorite recruiting story when he held his roundtable interview on signing day.

“I guess it’s gotta be Ja’Marr Chase, just recruiting him,” Joseph said. “Tuesday night and I got wind that, ‘Ooh, Auburn’s coming to town, Auburn’s coming to town,’ so I called him. He answered the phone and we talked and he kept trying to hang up. I wouldn’t let him hang up. I kept him on the phone for like, four or five hours. And he said, ‘Coach, I’m tired.’ I said, ‘You signing those papers in the morning?’ He said, ‘Yessir, I’m signing.’”

It takes a different level of commitment and hard work to be the level of recruiter that Joseph is. The Huskers should benefit in a big way from having him on staff.

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