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.
May 13 is an important date for college football recruiting.
The Division I Council Coordination Committee met Wednesday. They discussed several things related to relaxing recruiting rules during the dead period. We have a handy write-up to help make sense of it as several decisions were made to ease the burden on schools, prospects and their families. There was one major topic the committee could not reach a consensus on. We don’t know yet whether the current recruiting dead period will be extended through the end of June or not.
“The group also committed to make a final decision on an extension of the recruiting dead period through June 30 at the group’s May 13 meeting,” the release said. “The dead period began in March to protect the health, safety and well-being of prospective student-athletes and their families, as well as coaches.”
The decision on whether to extend the dead period through June would have huge implications for Nebraska recruiting. No on-campus recruiting for June would mean missing out on camps being hosted by Nebraska. Big events like Friday Night Lights, the pipeline camp and quarterback camp would be lost. That would be a huge loss for the Huskers. Recruits who are visiting love attending those, as do Husker fans (which makes those events unique from other schools). The coaches would also lose out on critical evaluation time.
The next big impact would be that spring and summer official visits would also be lost. There are so many prospects who enjoy taking those official visits early so they don’t have to jam them into weekends during their seasons. The competition for those official visits in the fall will be increased even more.
Finally, as we have seen recently, recruits will alter their decision timelines if no visits are allowed in June. There has been a run of commitments over the last few weeks. Prospects are deciding to lock in spots with schools they like. This may lead to more decommitments across the board later in the cycle but that is a different discussion altogether.
Nebraska wide receiver target Jaylin Noel comes to mind immediately when thinking about the impact of potential losing June for recruiting. He has his choices narrowed down to Iowa State and Nebraska. He is hoping to decide after official visits to the schools in June. If he can’t make those visits, he will sit down with his family and make a choice.
We will know for sure on May 13 but we there is a big decision coming soon one way or another.
>> Nebraska 2021 linebacker target Seth Malcom picked up an offer from Wyoming on Thursday.
— Seth Malcom (@SMalcom8) May 7, 2020
>> The Huskers were included in the Florida defensive back Kamren Kitchens’ top five schools on Thursday. Kitchens is the latest big-time Florida defender interested in Nebraska.
I should slap you for sayin’ he hot as me I don’t know who could f**k with me honestly 🦍💯 pic.twitter.com/eid08MAlky
— Kamren Kinchens5️⃣ (@KKinchens5) May 7, 2020
>> California defensive end Derek Wilkins, who visited Nebraska in January, included the team in his top 12.
— D🚂 (@derekwilkinss) May 5, 2020
>> Husker offensive lineman AJ Forbes is leaving the program after entering the transfer portal.
Thank you 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/1KO2DBSEw0
— AJ Forbes (@AREA__57) May 7, 2020
>> Erik Olsen, a 2021 tight end from Colorado, has a unique connection (Premium) to Nebraska and told Hail Varsity about it on Thursday.
>> The Huskers overcame OU and the weather to secure an Orange Bowl bid in the latest Tom’s Time.
>> The Husker volleyball team signed Missouri grad transfer Kayla Caffey.
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.