The 2021 class is in the books for Nebraska. The second signing day has come and gone with Nebraska having just one piece of business to complete. Hawaii 4-star linebacker Wynden Ho’ohuli signed and sent in his letter of intent giving the Huskers their first Hawaii high school signee since the 1990s. As we turn the page to the 2022 recruiting class, there are plenty of things happening with the current team, staff and recruits.
Let’s get to the Recon.
None for the 2022 cycle yet.
>> One quick scheduling note to pass along. There is a lot of talk that Nebraska will get Iowa back on Black Friday for the 2021 season. Currently the team is scheduled to play Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 27. We could see that change among other schedule changes with the Illinois game in Dublin being in jeopardy.
>> The Huskers lost out on their only target on Wednesday when Avante Dickerson committed to Oregon. A lot gets made of losing top in-state talent but things just never seemed to fully click between Nebraska and Dickerson. I believe it’s because, in the end, the Omaha Westside star wanted to get away for college and do something different. This isn’t a situation where Scott Frost and his staff botched a recruitment.
>> The local talent in the 2022 recruiting class will be a dominant storyline moving forward. Five players from Nebraska already hold offers from the team. Devon Jackson, Deshawn Woods, Micah Riley, Ernest Hausmann and Kaden Helms are the early offers. Each continues to collect new offers weekly. Hausmann is the least heralded of the group and just got offered by Michigan and Iowa. Nebraska will have its work cut out to hold on to three of the five.
>> On Thursday, Frost mentioned that everything is still being finalized with the new hires coming to Husker football. All signs point to Marcus Castro-Walker being the selection for the new director of player development. That’s a role that Castro-Walker held for Frost during his time at Central Florida. That role is the one previously held by Ron Brown. It feels like Frost will end up announcing all the new hires at once including revealing what will happen with the special team analyst position.
>> As for potential names for the special teams analyst role, it is tough to speculate at this point. It’s still not 100% clear if the team will just hire another analyst leaving all duties to him. The team could also reassign special teams duties to a coach on staff too. Things have really quieted down around the plan for that. Either way, what happens with that unit will be critical to Nebraska getting back to a bowl game in 2021.
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.