There is a growing trend in college football for players to enroll early. There is more incentive now that players can sign in December. Finishing the high school process early and getting to your school of choice can be a big boost.
The Huskers have had a lot of players elect to enroll early under coach Scott Frost. The 2019 recruiting class had seven early enrollees. Nine players joined the team early in the 2020 cycle. A whopping 14, including transfers, enrolled midyear from the 2021 class.
“Kids are ready to take the next step and move on,” Frost said on signing day in 2020. “Kids that do early enroll get a chance to go through spring ball, get accustomed to college, get accustomed to the team, and that gives them a better opportunity to probably play early than if they showed up in June or July.”
The Huskers may pick up more commits that are early enrollees. If they don’t the team will have four in the 2022 recruiting class. Let’s take a look at how each will benefit from getting to campus early.
Wide Receiver Victor Jones Jr.
The Florida wide receiver is one of the Huskers’ longest commits in this class. Jones (6-2, 184) is going to benefit a lot from working with a coach with the track record of Mickey Joseph. Since everyone is new to Joseph he gets to enter the program at the perfect time. Jones did relay to Hail Varsity that he has spoken with Joseph and the new coach is excited to work with him.
Linebacker Ernest Hausmann
Hausmann is the longest-standing commitment in the class. It’s easy for the first player in the class to get lost in the shuffle but we shouldn’t forget about the Columbus native. The main focus for the defender this first semester is getting stronger. It’s a big jump to playing linebacker in the Big Ten physically so like most players he will need to get stronger. Luckily for Hausmann he has great players to emulate in his room. He should soak up all the knowledge he can from Nick Henrich, Luke Reimer and others.
Wide Receiver Grant Page
The Colorado wideout (6-3, 190) suffered a knee injury that ended his senior season early. Finishing his rehab is going to be crucial for the Boulder, Colorado, native. His coach Tom McCartney had glowing praise for him before the injury.
“Grant makes things look easy. It’s just smooth,” McCartney said. “It looks effortless, you know? The way he runs and the way he stems as a wide receiver to get open with his feet. He can high point a ball. He just has the ability to make things look easy.”
Page may not be a full participant in winter conditioning. Getting into the playbook early will be helpful.
Quarterback Richard Torres
Unfortunately for Torres, he tore his ACL back in September. He was off to a great start to his senior season. Torres threw for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns through Southside High School’s first four games. The Texas native continues the streak of every quarterback under Frost enrolling early.
He faces a unique challenge when he arrives on campus. Torres needs to complete his rehab from that knee injury. He has to build a relationship with new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple. That’s especially important since Whipple did not have a hand in recruiting Torres to Nebraska. Torres also has to stay patient through the process. The team is looking to bring in at least one transfer quarterback. That’s going to be an interesting dynamic to watch.
We get surprises every year for early contributors. It is unlikely that any of the Huskers’ early enrollees will contribute this season. That’s not due to their talent level. It’s because of the positions they play. Add their injury situations and it will make it hard to quickly leapfrog several people.
One fun note is that because there are only four of them the plan is for the group to be roommates in January.
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.