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Nebraska Recruiting: Are Immediate Impact Players Frost Seeks Already on Roster?

October 21, 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.


Nebraska coach Scott Frost gave us a rare look inside his recruiting plan on Wednesday. He said that Nebraska would look for immediate impact players this recruiting cycle. The Huskers will look to add those players through the portal and the junior college ranks. The 2022 recruiting class will be small. Frankly the Huskers have a better chance at landing those impact players from the portal. It’s been tough sledding to get impact high school prospects interested this cycle.

Nebraska isn’t where it os right now because of talent. During the Frost tenure the program has finished fourth in the Big Ten three times and fifth once. The only year the team did not come in first place in the Big Ten West recruiting rankings under Frost was in the 2021 recruiting class.

There is one thing I’ve thought about since Frost’s press conference on Wednesday. What if those impact players are already on the roster? It could be viewed as a safer bet to develop the players you have versus counting on a big infusion of transfers. Young players develop at different rates so what if players we aren’t seeing on game day can make a big leap? There are many paths to Nebraska producing those immediate impact players. They don’t all involve some sort of roster reset. There are positions that Nebraska could help itself with development on the roster.

Having a game changing pass rusher has eluded Nebraska for a number of years predating Frost. The Huskers would love to get one from the portal or junior college ranks. What about the players in the outside linebacker group who were brought into be those type of players? The development of Jimari Butler and Blaise Gunnerson is important here. Butler has been developing behind the scenes and could be needed next season. Gunnerson has battled injuries but shown flashes when healthy.

We could be heading toward another transfer coming in at wide receiver. The Huskers have consistently used transfers to attempt to bridge the gap. That’s been because of a mix of factors. Attrition and underperformance have played key roles. The Huskers have the pieces in Lincoln already to make it where a transfer is not needed this year. Alante Brown, Zavier Betts, Latrell Neville, Shawn Hardy, and Will Nixon are all young. Omar Manning, Oliver Martin and Wyatt Liewer all have eligibility left. That’s eight players in the room. The Huskers should be able to put together a solid wide receiver room for the 2022 season.

There is only so much time you can allocate toward plugging these holes. If some can be patched by development on the roster that would help a great deal. The Huskers have already invested a lot into several players that can help the team in 2022. More will need to emerge to help get the program over the hump.

Recruit Watch

>> Lincoln East athlete Beni Ngoyi was offered by Kansas on Wednesday night.

>> The Huskers offered Independence Community College defensive lineman Amipeleasi Langi on Thursday.

>> The Huskers will get a visit next week from 2023 Iowa athlete Jamison Patton.

ICYMI

>> The latest issue of Hail Varsity magazine is here to tell the story of Nouri Nouili and much more.

>> I took a look at Nebraska’s transfer needs as the team searches (Premium) for impact players on the recruiting trail.

>> The Huskers’ luck at quarterback taking a turn for the worse in 1994 is the subject of the latest Tom’s Time.

>> The Huskers completed a season sweep of the Hawkeyes with a 3-0 win in Iowa City.

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