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Nebraska Recruiting: Are There Any Positions the Huskers Could Skip in 2023 Cycle?

June 16, 2022

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.

We are in a critical time for the Huskers when it comes to recruiting. June will go a long way to shaping what the 2023 recruiting class ends up looking like. The Huskers are hosting several major visit weekends, a pair of Friday Night Lights camp and the OL/DL Pipeline camp. There are many high-profile visitors coming through campus and lots of evaluation happening.

The team is in a good spot when it comes to building the class. There are eight current commitments spanning five states. There are four players in the class right now that are from Nebraska. The biggest need in the class is on the offensive line. The Huskers have three players verbally pledged with at least one more on the way.

There is a potential issue looming. The Huskers could run out of space in the class. That’s with the recent relaxing of the 25-man rule in recruiting classes. The thought before the rule was the team would take 15 players this cycle. Now with that rule being suspended and expected attrition that number could be almost 18. Even if that ends up being the number anything under 20 means spaces are tight in a recruiting class.

Are there any positions that the Huskers could skip this cycle so they could add somewhere else?

There aren’t many positions to choose from. Tight end, offensive line, defensive back, quarterback, defensive line and wide receiver all have players in the class, so we know those are not going to be skipped. EDGE is definitely not going to be skipped and is always a priority for the team.

That really leaves us with inside linebacker and running back as the two choices. Both are positions that are well stocked with young talent. Mikai Gbayor, Seth Malcolm, Randolph Kpai and Ernest Hausmann are all underclassmen. I really couldn’t see the Huskers adding more than one player to that mix that includes Grant Tagge. The other thing about the position is Nick Henrich, Luke Reimer and Garrett Snodgrass all have eligibility after this season.

Running back is hard to project in general. That’s both for the 2022 season and what will happen down the road with the room. We have no way of knowing who is going to being the starting back to begin or end the season. It’s tough to project the future needs. Let’s say Gabe Ervin Jr returns to form and is the lead back at the end of the year. Nebraska might not lose much from the room after the season. Is a back needed this cycle?

There are a lot of different scenarios where the Huskers could elect to skip running back this cycle. The one thing that trumps all that is a “can’t miss” talent. Nebraska views Djay Braswell as a “can’t miss” talent from what I’ve been told. Waiting to see how things play out with the running backs in the 2022 season might be wise. I’d go with that position as one Nebraska could skip this cycle to take an extra offensive lineman, wide receiver or EDGE player.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska wide receiver target Joshua Manning had a great time on his official visit to Kansas State.

>> Class of 2024 spring game visitor Christian Bentancur was offered by Ohio State on Wednesday.

>> Lincoln High 2024 athlete Donald DeFrand Jr. was offered by Colorado.


>> I’ve got a full visit preview with quotes from official visitors Nebraska expects on campus this weekend. Steve Marik and I also discussed the visit list on the Hail Varsity YouTube page.

>> Jacob Padilla has summer volleyball ponderings in this week’s Padding the Stats.

>> Chubba Purdy is focused on creating chemistry with teammates now that he’s healthy as Marik writes.

>> The Huskers are getting a ‘gamer’ in Sam Griesel according to a Summit League coach.

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