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Nebraska Recruiting: The Longer it Takes, the Harder Things Get on the Recruiting Trail

August 29, 2021

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


There is a growing sentiment with Nebraska coaches, players and fans right now.

Nebraska is a program that needs momentum. That’s what was on the table for Nebraska at the start of the 2021 season. Win that game at Illinois before taking on Fordham and Buffalo. A three-game winning streak for the first time under coach Scott Frost was there for the taking.

The problem is that the program continues to stub its toe at every opportunity. Following Nebraska’s most recent toe stubbing, a 30-22 season-opening loss to Illinois, Frost felt he was watching something familiar.

“It looked like the same movie. I just got done telling the guys we can’t have this season be the same movie because this game look like the same movie today,” Frost said.

“I don’t know what we’re doing fielding a punt inside the one and then trying to throw it out of the end zone. Missing a couple extra points certainly didn’t help. Connor [Culp], I got all the faith in him in the world. He’s been the only all-conference player we’ve had since I’ve been here. I haven’t seen that from him.”

The things that Frost was describing after the game are in-game actions. Yet those in-game actions have plagued the program since his arrival. When those mistakes continue piling up year after year it’s hard for it to not impact recruiting.

It becoming difficult to sell a vision that things will be different when recruits get to Lincoln. They have four years of evidence pointing the other direction. That’s what the program runs the risk of on the recruiting trail. The game looked like more of the same movie we had seen in the previous 39 games coached by Frost. That will have players from around the country looking elsewhere for a school.

I wrote a lot over the offseason that Nebraska had an opportunity. The team could boost its class by having a fast start and good season. The start to achieving that goal was thrown off track Saturday. As quarterback Adrian Martinez said after the game it is a good thing it’s not a one-game season. That’s correct and the exact way you want your quarterback to think.

Time will tell if Nebraska is able to bounce back from that loss. It could show the improvement they have worked to have this offseason. Turning the tide is a must so the program can reach a bowl game this season. It’s also a must if Nebraska wants to keep this class intact while also pushing to land more talent. The class will be small but Nebraska still needs to fill out a few key positions.

There is a lot at stake for the Huskers on and off the field as we make it through this 2021 season under Frost.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers picked up a walk-on commit from Lourdes athlete Blake Miller on Sunday.

>> Check out class of 2023 cornerback Dwight Bootle making a play in Miami.

ICYMI

>> Drake Keeler has your play of the game (Premium) this week: Illinois’ fumble return for a touchdown at the end of the first half.

>> The No. 5 Huskers completed a 3-1 win over Kansas State with a fourth-set comeback. John Peterson also has you covered on the photo gallery.

>> As Brandon Vogel explained, a butterfly won’t flap its wings and fix Nebraska football.

>> Scott Frost was caught in a ‘guessing game’ and guessed wrong as Steve Marik wrote.

>> Jacob Padilla has additional thoughts (Premium) on the Husker invitational in his Nebraska volleyball notebook.

>> Nebraska needs to ‘flip the script’ and Cam Jurgens has no problem being blunt (Premium) about it.

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