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Nebraska Recruiting: Burning Questions Ahead of Busy June for Huskers on Trail

May 25, 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.


Every summer seems to be busy with official visits, camps on campus and satellite camps for Nebraska. It’s a great time for the program to make moves with top targets and see the next wave of talent coming up. This June is going to be on another level. There will be no shortage of storylines to discuss for Nebraska as the team prepares for a critical season under coach Scott Frost.

Let’s look at a pair of questions ahead of a busy June.

Can the team have more success with summer official visits?

The Huskers are all in on official visits this summer. The team may use close to 30 official visits this summer. When we get to June it will be very busy with visitors but don’t forget May. It’s important to not forget how big the May visits are for the team. They got Cayden Green, Dylan Edwards and Jaidyn Doss in for their first official visits. That’s going to give a nice benchmark for those prospects to judge the other visits against.

Using the visits is one thing but can Nebraska have more success this cycle with summer visits? The 2022 cycle was rough for Nebraska and they only got new commitments from three of the 19 summer visits used. Chase Androff, Jake Appleget and Richard Torres were uncommitted before they took official visits in the summer. Ernest Hausmann took a summer official visit but he was already committed to the program.

The Huskers are scheduled to have several of their top targets on campus during June. Lincoln East 4-star athlete Malachi Coleman and Elkhorn South 3-star EDGE Maverick Noonan are a pair of in-state targets with June 3 officials. Scottsbluff offensive lineman Brock Knutson will also take a visit June 3. So will Kansas City 4-star wide receiver Joshua Manning. Those are just a few names who will expected to be part of a star-studded weekend. Many more players will come through Lincoln in June. Can the Huskers approach a 40% success rate? If so, we could look back at June as a pivotal month for Nebraska’s 2023 recruiting class.

What will the goals of camp season be?

If the Huskers are hosting several known uncommitted and flip targets in June for official visits what is the team trying to get out of camp season? I think this year we won’t see as many new 2023 scholarship offers go out from camp performances. We always see players burst onto the radar for the coaching staff during these events. That might be geared toward future prospects this year.

That would make a lot of sense. The new members of the Nebraska coaching staff can get hands-on working with young players. That is invaluable to prospects and coaches. The team has new types of prospects to evaluate since the recruiting boards have been adjusted.

One storyline for camp season I will have my eye on is quarterback evaluation. The Huskers zeroed in on Pop Watson fast after Mark Whipple was hired. The team didn’t have to extend many 2023 quarterback offers. Dylan Raiola is off the board in 2024 so Nebraska will need to pivot. How many signal-callers will get to throw in front of Whipple this June?

There will be much more discussion coming from an important stretch for recruiting.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska priority offensive line target Cayden Green has set a commitment date.

>> Class of 2022 Iowa defensive back signee Olando Trader will not enroll with the Hawkeyes. He did hold an offer from Nebraska.

>> The Huskers are early to offer 2025 Missouri athlete Chase Pearsall.

>> The Huskers offered 2023 Iowa defensive end David Caulker out of Des Moines.

ICYMI

>> The Hail Varsity staff gave thoughts on a balloon-less Memorial Stadium and more this week in the mailbag.

>> Jacob Padilla explores the Huskers going all in on the transfer portal in this week’s Padding the Stats.

>> Steve Marik is counting down Nebraska’s most important transfers starting with numbers 18-16.

>> The Mind Your Own podcast with Erin Sorensen and Sausha Durkan is here to explain the importance of telling stories that matter.

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