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Greg’s Guys: Shifting The Focus as 2021 Season Gets Underway For Huskers

September 07, 2021

The September edition of Greg’s Guys is here!

After a busy summer, the 2021 football season is finally here. We saw a lot of movement on the list when official visits started back over the summer. Now we are seeing another big change to the list as the Huskers have kicked off a new season. Six of the 10 players on the August list committed over the last month. None committed to Nebraska. The Huskers began the 2022 season with just one official visitor for the home opener. Wide receiver commit Victor Jones Jr. was in town for the Fordham game. Nebraska also received tough news this week when offensive lineman Valen Erickson left the class on Sept. 6.

There are not a lot of new names to discuss with Nebraska recruiting in 2022 right now. Part of that is a small recruiting class. The Huskers plan to take 13-15 players this cycle. As we move through the season, some names will have to emerge for 2022 since there are five or so spots left in the class. The Huskers are also starting to shift focus to the 2023 recruiting class.

Because of everything happening with Nebraska’s recruiting situation right now, I’ve made the list smaller this time around. I’ll expand the list back if things pick back up.

The Greg’s Guys list is always fluid and that’s what makes it fun.

1) DB Malik Spencer (Buford, Georgia)
Last Rank: 5

The Huskers have started the season without a commit at defensive back in this recruiting cycle. There are going to be flip targets out there for Nebraska to pursue. Could they try with Malik Spencer who attends the same high school as running back Gabe Ervin Jr.? The Georgia native is committed to Michigan State but has good ball skills as you can see in this highlight of him catching a touchdown pass.

2) DB Avery Powell (Jersey City, New Jersey)
Last Rank: 6

Things have slowed down between Powell and the Huskers since his official visit in June. The New Jersey defender holds quite a few offers after his recruitment really blew up early in high school. Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Wisconsin and others are among his 35 scholarship offers. Powell is a little undersized (5-9, 170) but the Huskers will continue to keep an eye on him as the season goes forward.

3) LB Tyler Martin (Acton, Massachusetts)
Last Rank: 7

After taking an official visit in June, the feeling around Martin’s recruitment is that Nebraska doesn’t have room for the linebacker in the class. We know the Huskers are a lower number of recruits in the 2022 cycle. The team already has Ernest Hausmann as one inside linebacker for the class. As attrition begins on the team and we see things play out on the field, could that change Martin’s situation with the team? At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, he has good size to play inside linebacker in the Big Ten. Arizona is another team in the mix with his recruitment.

4) DB Jahsiah Galvin (West Liberty, Iowa)
Last Rank: 9

Galvin has had a roller coaster recruitment so far. The Huskers came in with an early offer for the Iowa defender (6-2, 185) but are his only Power Five offer to date. He hit the camp circuit hard this summer in hopes of raising his stock but things didn’t quite work out the way he planned. With strong senior film he might get additional looks from schools. Iowa hasn’t offered but would be a big offer for Galvin. Northern Iowa and South Dakota are showed the most interest in him currently.

5) ATH Vince Genatone (North Platte, Nebraska)
Last Rank: 10

Gentaone made his debut on the list last month even though he doesn’t hold a Nebraska offer. He burst onto the local recruiting radar after posting a 38.5 vertical and a 4.45 40-yard dash. He’s followed up a strong summer of testing with a great start to his senior season. He’s racked up 29 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in two games. That’s also while posting 238 rushing yards and five scores.

Genatone also took an unofficial visit to Nebraska for the home opener against Fordham.

“Everything at Nebraska was really nice,” Genatone said. “There’s just a really special atmosphere there that is obviously unlike any else anywhere else in the country with all the fans there with everyone getting into it.”

If there is going to be a player from the state that adds an offer from the Huskers this cycle, it’s Genatone. The Huskers are keeping a close watch on him moving forward.

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