Nebraska’s 2022 commitment list is no longer empty. Now that the Huskers are on the board, the question many shifted to was simple. Who is next?
It’s more difficult to handicap that than most recruiting cycles. So many 2022 recruits have not visited Nebraska for a game day. They haven’t come much for unofficial visits or Junior Days. The Huskers biggest weapon on the recruiting trail has been sidelined. Still, the show must go on and recruiting never slows down for long. The team has been busy making connections with prospects via Zoom and conducting virtual visits.
There are prospects that stand out above others. They have the potential to be the next recruits in the class for Nebraska. Let’s take a look at a few and where their recruitments stand.
CB James Monds III
Monds is plenty familiar with the Husker program. His uncle Walter Monds played for the program in the 1970s. The 5-10, 177-pound defender has been recruited hard by Nebraska. Other programs like Indiana, Michigan State, etc. are also in pursuit. Monds hasn’t indicated he’s close to a decision. Knowing more than most about the program before visiting helps.
WR Quinton Conley
The Kansas City wide receiver’s recruitment is a great example of how the Huskers like to recruit prospects. He’s been coming to Lincoln since his sophomore year. Conley (6-5, 190) has continued to see his stock rise with college coaches. The Huskers have been there since the beginning. He has a strong relationship with the program and is a great candidate to be the next recruit on the commit list.
ILB Gavin Meyers
The Kansas linebacker finds himself in an interesting position. The commitment of Ernest Hausmann put a crunch on other inside linebackers hoping to be part of the Huskers’ class. Meyers has long been a priority target for Nebraska. Meyers told Hail Varsity last month that he loves how the Nebraska staff keeps up with him on a daily basis. He’s getting along well with inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud, who would be his future position coach.
“He’s an awesome guy,” Meyers said. “He’s fun. He’s cool to talk to. I really enjoy phone calls with him later in the day. He’s just an upbeat guy and I really enjoy that.”
This recruitment could come down to Nebraska and Kansas State. Those are the two schools after him the hardest.
The wildcard in so much of projecting commitments right now is clear. There seems to be a lot of momentum toward the dead period being lifted in some fashion on June 1. With that date in sight, could recruits go ahead and slow things down? They could elect to make a few visits to be sure before a wave of commitments happen around the country.
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.