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Big Red Recon: Uncertainty Swirls as Huskers Prepare for Ohio State

November 05, 2021

It’s been an interesting week for Nebraska football. None of it really has to do with the upcoming game against Ohio State. The team’s loss to Purdue at home last week has placed Husker coach Scott Frost squarely on the hot seat. The big picture talk about the program has been the dominant storyline for the week. It’s not great timing considering the Huskers face off with a surging Buckeyes team that is looking to make the playoffs once again.

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

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:

>> The Huskers made a new 2022 scholarship offer on Thursday. Olando Trader (6-1, 180), a defensive back from Michigan, picked up the offer from Nebraska. Trader is committed to Central Michigan but is seeing his stock rise quickly. There are a lot of Big Ten schools with eyes on him as his senior film makes the rounds. In a quick text exchange Thursday night, Trader told me that coach Scott Frost made the offer to him and wanted to be the first Big Ten school to offer. The Michigan defender is scheduled to visit Nebraska in December.

>> I do have a related note on the Trader offer. If the Huskers are going to add four to six players to the 2022 recruiting class, there is work to do. It once seemed like a no brainer that the Huskers would make it to 13 or 14 commits for the class. If the Huskers are going to hit that number now, new offers and official visits will need to happen. There are going to be players in the 2022 recruiting class that have not visited Lincoln yet. That’s strange since it’s November but this recruiting cycle has been anything but normal.

>> As the season rolls along for the Huskers, many have been waiting on the first statements about Frost’s job status. Nebraska system President Ted Carter was the first to publicly do so in an interview with the Omaha World-Herald.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of our skis right now,” Carter said. “I don’t think it will be too, too far down the road that you’re going to know which direction the program is going to go.

“I can tell you this: No decision has been made.”

This is a sharp turn in tone for Carter. He was very supportive of Frost during his halftime interview during the Purdue game. It should be noted that after that interview the Huskers lost the lead and the game to Purdue which obviously changes things. I think Carter’s tone reflects reality right now for Frost. Nothing is guaranteed when it comes to returning next season.

>> The Huskers will have one official visitor in town for the Ohio State game. Chicago defensive back Jalil Martin (6-3, 190) will be on campus. He was originally supposed to visit for the Purdue game but that got rescheduled because of his playoff game. This recruitment could come down between Nebraska and Illinois. Colorado and Ole Miss are also in the mix for Martin’s signature.

>> Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher was on the radio Thursday night talking about his position group. He offered a brief update on Javin Wright who is back with the team after having surgery to address an issue with blood clots. Fisher said when Wright is able to practice he goes back and forth between the defensive back and linebacker room similar to how JoJo Domann did.

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