One thing that will be a theme for the next recruiting cycle is just how much talent is in the “500-mile radius." When we look back at Nebraska’s recruiting results a year from now a large part of the story will likely be how well they did with kids in the area. One player to keep an eye on is running back Breece Hall from Wichita, Kansas.
I spoke with Hall about receiving a Nebraska offer. His stepfather, Jeff Smith, was an I-back for the Huskers and played with the Chiefs and Buccaneers in the NFL.
“It felt good because I’m from Omaha, and it felt good to know that I could be playing in front of my family," he said. "The Nebraska one meant a lot because my step-dad played for Nebraska, so he really wanted me to get that one.”
Hall picked up the offer from running backs coach Ryan Held on Jan. 23 as Held was visiting Kansas high schools. He described Held as a “really chill, cool guy." He got the offer after Held watched him lift. Nebraska isn’t the only school after him though. Some of the other schools that have offered the running back so far are Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, South Dakota State.
The talented runner tells me that everybody is kind of equal right now but he is thinking about visits.
“Next month I should be going to Iowa and the weekend after I’m going to Iowa State," Smith said. "I should be going to Nebraska’s spring game. It’s surprised me that the spring game was sold out. I haven’t been to one in a while, so it’s going to be fun.”
With so much talent nearby, expect there to be a lot of local talent at the spring game to witness the sellout firsthand. Hall could be a recruit that continues to see his profile get bigger once his season starts in the fall.
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.