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.
Let’s get it out of the way: the game on Saturday wasn’t pleasant. The Huskers’ blowout loss at the hands of Ohio State wasn’t what anyone associated with Nebraska football wanted. The atmosphere was electric pregame, yet the game was anything but. Coach Scott Frost expressed a message of belief afterwards.
“We’re building this thing,” Frost said on Saturday. “The kids know where this is going, the coaches know where this is going. Ohio State and Nebraska are both traditionally good teams. I give a ton of credit to them and their coaching staff because they’re a lot better football team than they were a year ago.
“Both teams are two of the blue blood great programs in the history of college football, but those guys have been on top lately, and that’s where we’re trying to get and where we’re going to get. We’re just not there right now, and we have a lot of work to do to make sure that happens."
It appears that message is one that resonated with recruits and their families over the weekend. Many of the prospects I’ve talked to have expressed optimism in the future of Nebraska football despite the result on Saturday.
“It’s only Year 2 of what Coach [Scott] Frost is trying to rebuild at Nebraska,” 2021 commit RJ Sorensen said. “Once he starts getting more of his guys in there, then Nebraska will be on the winning side of games like that.”
I think it gets lost at times that Nebraska is in Year 2 of what almost everyone acknowledged was a full rebuild. That’s not to say there is no talent on this team. Nebraska is going to win football games this season despite what the game looked like on Saturday night. Yet, there are times where you have to stop to remember that this is a team comprised of recruits from multiple coaching staffs.
Nebraska’s 4-star offensive tackle commit Turner Corcoran shared that the message from Frost was essentially that the game did not go as planned but the Huskers are working to compete with teams like Ohio State within the next few years. Corcoran and his fellow commits are still very eager to be part of the turnaround at Nebraska.
In a way, Nebraska took a big risk by hosting over 60 recruits for this game. There was a huge reward if Nebraska had a good showing. As good as the atmosphere was in Lincoln during the day, the game itself was the opposite. One thing to keep in mind is that a one game sample size does not always outweigh the relationship a prospect has built with the coaching staff. Or the relationship built with the other recruits.
There is a lot of football left to be played in the 2019 season. If the vibe I’m getting from recruits comes true, brighter days are ahead soon. Those days will also include new commits.
>> Waverly athlete Mason Nieman pickup up a preferred walk-on offer from Nebraska on Monday.
— Mason Nieman (@mason_nieman) September 30, 2019
>> Lineman Al Harrison picked up an offer from Tennessee. Harrison is set to take an official visit to Lincoln this weekend for the game against Northwestern.
— Alex (Al)Harrison (@BigAlHarrison1) September 30, 2019
>> California athlete Tyson McWilliams included Nebraska in his top 10 over the weekend.
— Tyson Elias McWilliams (@tysonmac5) September 29, 2019
>> Miami cornerback Ronald Delancy posted the pictures from his official visit to Nebraska.
— Ronald Delancy III ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@_TherealkingRjj) September 30, 2019
>> Outside linebacker is a big need for the Huskers this cycle. Kaden Johnson, the 4-star OLB from Minnesota, gave Hail Varsity thoughts (Premium) on his official visit this weekend.
>> Derek Peterson ponders if Nebraska should do more under center and when it will have a Chase Young type player on the roster.
>> See what Frost had to say on Monday as his team turns the page to Northwestern week.
>> The 24-hour rule and the Huskers focus on Northwestern came into focus for Derek Peterson. (Premium)
>> In the 2021 cycle, 4-star outside linebacker TJ Bollers will be a big focus. He was back in town this weekend and will be back soon. (Premium)
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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.