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.
One of the best things about camp season is all the new prospects that get uncovered by college coaches. We are coming off a dead period that lasted over a year in response to the pandemic. We knew that plenty of players were itching to get seen by college coaches. When the dead period finally lifted on June 1 the floodgates opened. Camps began and so prospects had to plan out where to go for maximum exposure.
One prospect that has been very busy during the early part of this month is Georgia defensive back Quantaves Gaskins. The defender found himself in a unique situation. He switched positions to defensive back which slowed down his recruitment. Then he transferred schools but couldn’t get his film from his previous school. Without being able to send his film to coaches, he hit the road.
Gaskins went to camps during the first week of the month at Iowa State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. While he was at the Friday Night Lights camp he spoke with coach Scott Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander.
“Well I talked to Coach Chinander and Coach Frost while I was at the camp,” Gaskins said. “They both gave me really positive feedback. They liked what they saw. When they heard that I was going to be going to the FSU camp, they wanted Coach Fisher to be able to see me. He was actually down there at the time. He was just waiting and was going to be watching me when I attended the camp.”
While at the Florida State megacamp Fisher and Gaskins were able to work closely together. Fisher started coaching him up during the one-on-one drills. At the same time the coaches from Kansas State started doing the same thing. That’s when Gaskins really knew he was doing well.
“I was really excited,” Gaskins said. “There were a lot of kids out there. But once they started following me around, I knew I had to keep going. I had to put some good reps in their face. I just kept going, I got pretty much most of the reps during that one on one session.
“At the end of it, I talked to the defensive coordinator at Kansas State and Coach Fisher back-to-back and they both offered.”
After a competitive camp at Florida State I am blessed to receive an scholarship offer from the University of Nebraska. @CoachTFisher @HuskerFBNation @grindatlanta @WgordonCoach @HCCA_Athletics #AGTG pic.twitter.com/mMQmt0BAOb
— Quantaves “Gumbo” Gaskins (@QuantavesG) June 6, 2021
After the offers came through Gaskins was happy. But so was his dad who attended the camp with him. Gaskins said that his dad got so excited that it embarrassed him a little. Then he got on the phone with his mom who yelled so loud that it hurt his ear. It all made Gaskins appreciative because he knows how much his parents have invested in him.
The plan for the rest of the month is to hit more camps. Gaskins is thrilled to have offers but there are more schools out there to meet. He’s not offer chasing but he just wants to build up some options. He’d like to select a school halfway through his senior season. Gaskins is also a stellar student and plans to enroll early.
“The thing I’m really looking for in a school is a school that I know will develop me into becoming a way better player than I am now,” Gaskins said. “One that can definitely help me make it to the next level. Also, I’m just looking for a very good school with a great culture. One that I would be proud to be part of the team.”
>> Recent Husker 2022 defensive line offer Jordan van den Berg committed to Penn State on Tuesday night.
— Jordan van den Berg (@JordanvandenB12) June 9, 2021
>> Illinois offensive lineman Valen Erickson took an official visit to Nebraska over the weekend. Then he was offered by the home state school.
— Valen Erickson (@ValenErickson) June 8, 2021
Check out recent Husker official visitor Landon Samson making a nice catch up the sideline.
— All-American Bowl (@AABonNBC) June 9, 2021
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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.