The Huskers were able to host recruits for the annual Red-White Spring Game for the first time in two years. The tradition of using the spring game to show recruits what a game day is like at Nebraska a big benefit to the program.
The Huskers have used the game to bring in recruits from all over the country to get a taste of what a game day is like in Lincoln. Heading into the weekend, sources at Nebraska said they expected this to be the biggest recruiting weekend of coach Scott Frost’s tenure. The action on the sidelines ahead of the game did not disappoint.
Nebraska hosted over 100 prospects for visits. There are a lot of moving pieces on a weekend like this as senior director of player personnel and recruiting Vince Guinta explained this week.
“You’ve got different things going on,” said Guinta. “You’ve got an official visit going on, that’s a 48-hour process in conjunction with signees that are coming back, guys that are going to be on our team. A high percentage of our regional recruits that are going to be here have already been here. Then you’re going to have some out-of-state kids that it’s going to be their first time.
“So you just want to make sure that as you build your schedule, you build it so that you’re staffed right so that you’re able to take care of the needs of people that maybe need to see a little bit more and that you build your schedule so that the coaches can be there to accommodate all the things that might come up.”
The recruiting list was headlined by a pair of players that Husker fans have been watching for a while. TCU transfer EDGE Ochaun Mathis is on campus for an official visit. He received a lot of personal attention from Nebraska staffers, coaches, players and athletic director Trev Alberts. The pass rush specialist would be a major addition to the Huskers in search of pass rush help this fall.
The other huge name is 2024 5-star quarterback Dylan Raiola. The legacy prospect was joined but his family on the trip including his father Dominic Raiola who won the Rimington Trophy while at Nebraska.
Nebraska hopes this weekend will not only continue the momentum it has for the 2023 recruiting class but also carry forward for cycles to come.
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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.