We are just inside of two weeks from the Huskers kicking off the 2021 season against Illinois. Once the regular season returns, the August dead period will end and players will make their way to campus for official visits again. This year could be a bit different as the Huskers have precious few spots left in the 2022 recruiting class.
The class has nine commitments right now. For a variety of reasons, there may only be four or five spots left for new recruits. We’ll talk a lot about who could fill those remaining spots. Let’s take a look back at where things stand with the players that Nebraska hosted over the summer.
Visits could begin once the pandemic-induced dead period was lifted in June. The Huskers wasted no time getting players to campus. The team hosted 21 official visitors from the high school ranks. Nebraska also brought in transfer defensive back Tyreke Johnson for an official visit. Eight of those 21 official visitors in June committed to Nebraska.
- DB Tyreke Johnson (Transfer)
- QB Richard Torres
- WR Grant Page
- TE Chase Androff
- RB Ashton Hayes
- LB Jake Appleget
- OL Valen Erickson
- DE Hayden Schwartz
The Huskers did well to land a potential starter in Johnson. He’s currently on the team and competing with Quinton Newsome and Braxton Clark for a starting spot. Landing the quarterback in the class is always a good thing. Grant Page is one of the true sleepers in this class. I am pretty high on his ability.
The big issue for the Huskers from this summer is there were some notable misses.
Justin Williams looked like a safe bet to be the Huskers running back this cycle. Coming out of his visit, he wanted to wait until after the season to decide on a school. West Virginia changed his mind on that notion, and he’s in the Mountaineers’ class. Offensive lineman Ashton Craig was one of the best-kept secrets in this cycle when Nebraska got him on an official visit. Then Notre Dame came calling and the Indiana native committed to them.
Wide receiver Landon Samson seemed destined to end up a Husker. It seemed like he was searching for something else and he found it at South Carolina. The toughest miss to take so far has been James Monds III. The Husker legacy was recruited very hard by the Huskers. When it came down to it he felt more comfortable with Indiana and committed to the Hoosiers.
There are only three players that visited Nebraska in June who remain uncommitted. Inside linebacker Tyler Martin is one to keep an eye on. The Huskers being tight on spots is the likely reason that he is not already in the class. Nebraska has done well at inside linebacker recently. That might allow it to use that spot for another position.
The other two players who are left on the board are defensive backs. Nebraska is high on Georgia defensive back Nathan Vail. The defender has set a decision date for Aug. 21. He will decide between Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech and Nebraska. Duke got the last official visit of the summer and the recruitment is trending in the Blue Devils favor.
Things have slowed down between Nebraska and New Jersey native Avery Powell. The defender may be back to the drawing board as it looks like Nebraska is moving on to other targets.
There is work to be done this season to finish off Nebraska’s recruiting class. Though it’s not as much as there would normally be with nine commitments heading into the season. The focus for Nebraska will be on finding the right players due to limited space. The team can’t afford to take many chances based on the tight numbers.
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.