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.
This is now a familiar feeling for the Huskers. The lead up to the February signing period has the same feeling as it did last year. That’s perfectly fine though and the way coach Scott Frost prefers it at this point.
Last year it was strange because the last weekend before National Signing Day is typically a big one. It is normal for the staff to host one final group of official visitors. That’s part of a push to finish the recruiting class strong. The Huskers did not host an official visitor on the final weekend last year. In fact, they only hosted one in the entire month of January in 2020. The Huskers signed 23 players in December for the 2020 recruiting class. So, there was no need for a scramble to the end.
This cycle Nebraska finds itself in a similar position. The Huskers have 19 letters of intent signed by high school players. 11 of them are already on campus taking part in winter conditioning. There isn’t much work left for the February. The big name on the board is Avante Dickerson from Omaha Westside. There are other storylines at play too that I wrote about this weekend.
The feeling is similar to last year. There is one key difference between finishing off the last two recruiting classes.
This time around it’s unclear if it will pay dividends for future recruiting. Normally if the team has this much work done ahead of time it would be hosting underclassmen to get a leg up. At least 10 of the players in the 2021 recruiting class were able to visit Lincoln last January. Then the normal dead period hit followed by the COVID-19 dead period.
The coaches would be out on the road visiting those players’ high schools, too. Since we are still in the extended dead period none of that is happening. Zoom recruiting has persisted. We don’t know yet if the Huskers can make the same impact on the 2022 class via Zoom. There is no substitute for getting players and families on campus. One of the big storylines as Nebraska builds the 2022 recruiting class is how well Nebraska built relationships without early visits. Eventually players will be able to get on campuses. It will be a fight to get those early visits from competing schools.
We have settled into the new normal with how the December and February signing days are handled. Other parts of what happened in 2020 may be temporary. They will still have a deep impact on Nebraska’s 2022 class and beyond.
>> South Dakota is the latest offer for 2022 Lincoln Southeast linebacker Jake Appleget.
— Jake Appleget (@ApplegetJake) February 1, 2021
>> The Huskers landed an out-of-state walk-on from New Jersey, lineman Joey Mancino, on Sunday.
Go Big Red! 🌽 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/Nydwxewanj
— Joey Mancino (@joey_mancino) January 31, 2021
>> Big-time 2022 running back Damari Alston is mulling his choices as he’s up to 50 offers including the Huskers.
It Can Only Be 1…
Whats The Move? pic.twitter.com/XRuidljvc0
— DA ♛ (@DamariAlston) February 1, 2021
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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.