We have reached the end of the line for the 2022 recruiting class.
This recruiting cycle has been different than any other. Most thought things would normalize once we got through 2020. Instead, 2021 brought new changes to the landscape of college football. The transfer portal has loomed large around the country. For the Huskers, the decision was made early on to take a smaller high school class. That decision is because the team was not having good luck landing top-tier prospects. It also happened because the team needed to get transfers into the program that could help the team win in 2022. Coach Scott Frost will enter next season squarely on the hot seat. All decisions need to be viewed through that lens.
The majority of the Huskers’ big additions this offseason have been from transfers. The Huskers had 17 players join the team in January. That includes transfers and traditional early enrollees. That’s a school record. There has been so much focus on the portal. It begs the question: what are the storylines to know for national signing day this year?
There is one big question for the 2022 class. Will Louisiana running back Ajay Allen pick Nebraska? Allen (5-11, 182) took an official visit to Nebraska over the Jan. 21 weekend. That visit was followed up by a big in-home visit. Frost, running backs coach Bryan Applewhite and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph made the trip. That visit could go a long way to helping the Huskers land the running back who is committed to TCU. He’s got a long-standing relationship with Applewhite. The Huskers offer opportunity in a running back room with no clear leader. Mississippi State is also in the mix.
Aside from that in-home visit with Allen, verified Frost sightings in the recruiting trail were hard to come by. Could that mean we are looking at a potential signing day surprise? It almost never works out that things go this quiet. It would be a welcome addition if the Huskers are cooking something up that isn’t on anyone’s radar. The program made a lot of waves in January with all the additions to the roster. We’ll see if February brings any unknown fireworks or if the Huskers can land more 2023 pledges.
The Huskers have made big changes to the roster so far this offseason. There may not be a position group on the team that hasn’t seen a departure or incoming transfer. Still, how much work is left in reshaping the roster? Nebraska could still use at least one offensive lineman. Missing out on Tre’mond Shorts was a blow when he decided to go to LSU. The team also needs at least one defensive lineman. Jordon Riley transferred to Oregon. Damion Daniels and Deontre Thomas are off to the NFL. After Casey Rogers and Ty Robinson the team has a lot of question marks. Nebraska is always searching for a pass rusher so it would gladly add one if possible. These additions will have to be after spring ball. That would give the team plenty of opportunity to evaluate the players on the roster before trying to add more players.
The 2022 recruiting cycle has been a strange ride. There are still things to be on the lookout for as the cycle wraps up. Then we will be full force into the 2023 cycle which is off to a hot start for Nebraska with three commitments.
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.