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Nebraska Recruiting: Big Weekend Ahead For Husker Football as Portal Decisions Near

April 28, 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.


Things could get crazy around college football in the next few days.

The college football world has been waiting for the looming May 1 deadline for transfers to enter the portal. The reason behind that is that players have until that date to enter the portal and not have to sit out for the next season. This week has been steady around the country with portal entries. Things have been slow for Nebraska with players entering the portal.

Nebraska has only had a pair of players leave the program since spring football ended. The program will need more attrition than that to add many pieces to the team. There are a handful of positions that could use a boost and the team is always looking for a “best available” player.

The numbers are tight on scholarships. As Scott Frost mentioned on ‘Sports Nightly’ the defensive line has his attention.

“We like what we have. The new way in college football is going to be doing your best to recruit for positions, expecting attrition and then trying to go out and fill the gaps you have,” Frost said. “I think that’s just going to be the way it is. It’s no secret our numbers are down on the d-line. Really like what we have and the development of some of the young guys and the return of some of the veterans. But that’s probably an area where we’re going to be looking for a little bit of help. If we find it, great. If we don’t, we like what we have.”

The Huskers hosted Texas Tech transfer Devin Drew for an official visit last weekend. The interior lineman would provide nice depth for the Huskers at a thin position group if they can land him. There are other defensive line targets being monitored right now. The team would add a couple players to the mix along the defensive line if possible.

The other huge news happening this weekend to keep an eye on is the decision of TCU transfer Ochaun Mathis. He has not announced a time that his decision will be made public, but we know his decision will come on April 30. His final two schools are Texas and Nebraska.

Mathis has visited Texas a handful of times and took an official visit to Nebraska for the spring game. His decision might be the most anticipated one of the portal era for the Huskers. Nebraska needs to boost its pass rush and Mathis is the best player available in the portal right now.

There could be a lot of news this weekend that helps to shape the talk around the Huskers the rest of the offseason. The chance of a surprise or two is always possible.

We’ll have all the news and reaction plus NFL Draft coverage at Hail Varsity.

Recruit Watch

>> Check out major Husker target Malachi Coleman putting up big numbers in track. Coleman also picked up an offer from Penn State recently.

>> Nebraska was in Texas on Thursday as running backs coach Bryan Applewhite made stops in the state.

>> The Huskers did not make the top eight for 2023 Missouri offensive lineman Logan Reichert on Thursday.

ICYMI

>> As I wrote, Nebraska’s NFL Draft hopefuls show the difficulty in projection and the importance of development.

>> Steve Marik is re-scoring the quarterbacks after spring football has concluded.

>> Jacob Padilla is looking at Austin Allen, Samori Touré and the other Husker draft hopefuls in his Path to the Draft series.

>> Nebraska run-ruled Omaha in seven innings for a third straight win. John Peterson has a great photo gallery of the action.

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