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Nebraska Recruiting: All is Quiet for Now on Trail

August 15, 2022

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

When it rains it pours in the world of recruiting. And when it’s quiet on the recruiting front, you could probably hear a pin drop if you tried. It rarely feels like there is much of an in-between.

Needless to say, we are on the quiet side of recruiting right now. It’s no surprise, seeing as we are currently in a dead period that started Aug. 1 and runs through the end of the month. We looked at the recruiting calendar one month ago in our recruiting notebook, but here’s a quick refresher on August:

“The month of August is considered a dead period, but there are some exceptions to the rule. Per the NCAA, programs must abide by the dead period rules except for ‘forty-eight hours before a home contest (on the institution’s campus or in a facility normally used for its home games) that occurs in August or on Sept. 1 or 2 through 48 hours after the conclusion of the contest.’

“Nebraska will be on the road for its first game against Northwestern—in Ireland, no less—so it’s essentially a dead period for the Huskers until the team returns to Lincoln for its home opener on Sept. 3.”

We thought we might see some activity pick up when fall camp rolled around in July, but there hasn’t been much to report over the past month. There was, however, the visit by Nebraska edge commitment Maverick Noonan. He was at practice in late July and received quite the warm welcome from his future team.

The quiet time isn’t all that shocking for Nebraska. The Huskers currently sit at 13 commitments for the 2023 class and have some top targets still out there. That means there isn’t significant pressure on the recruiting trail for Nebraska right now, but it’s expected that we’ll start seeing things pick up once the Huskers return home from Ireland. We should also see some attention turn toward 2024 too.

Recruiting—and visits to Lincoln—should pick up no matter what in a matter of weeks, especially if Nebraska can win its season opener. That kind of momentum can be turned into excitement for visitors, and the Huskers will have four home games in a row to take advantage of any kind of momentum that they can build. Of course we can’t get too ahead of ourselves. Nebraska still has to come back from Ireland with that win and then keep winning for that excitement to build.

If the Huskers can get the season started strong, expect to see the visitor list to grow even longer for the matchup with Oklahoma. That would certainly make for a nice weekend of peer recruiting too.

For now, all is quiet on the recruiting trail for Nebraska. That shouldn’t be for much longer though.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska offensive lineman target Zalence Heard has a commitment date. The Louisiana native is scheduled to make his announcement on Sept. 1. He took an official visit to Nebraska in early June.


>> The Huskers narrowly beat out Texas for the top spot in the preseason AVCA Coaches Poll, leading a group of seven Big Ten teams in the top 20.

>> The Huskers unveiled their alternate jerseys for the 2022 season on Monday, featuring a throwback look.

>> Fred Hoiberg will hire former Mississippi State assistant Ernie Zeigler to round out his coaching staff, according to multiple reports.

>> After injuries cut their freshman seasons short, Teddy Prochazka and Gabe Ervin Jr. are looking to reestablish themselves as key parts of the Nebraska offense heading into 2022.

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