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Nebraska Recruiting: Busy Flip Season Ahead if Huskers Can Take Advantage

November 17, 2021

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.


Decommitments are an unfortunate reality of college football. The Huskers have suffered a couple this cycle already. Offensive lineman Valen Erickson and defensive end Hayden Schwartz are both players who left the Huskers’ 2022 class after giving a verbal pledge. We are waiting on the effect of the Huskers firing four offensive assistant coaches, but right now it looks like the Huskers will keep the offensive recruiting class in tact after the big news.

We can probably expect a busy flip season around the country. That’s because there are so many coaching changes that have happened with more to come on the horizon. There are current openings at UConn, USC, LSU, Washington State, Texas Tech, TCU, Washington and Virginia Tech. There are a lot of prospects in limbo right now awaiting word on who will be coaching them. Soon the carousel starts spinning with coaches filling those positions. Then new batches of prospects will be thrown into limbo. That happens when their coach is leaving the school they committed to.

Nebraska still has needs in the 2022 recruiting class. Nebraska needs another defensive back, a pass rusher and an offensive lineman. The argument could be made that the Huskers could fill those needs through the transfer portal. It might not be wise for the Huskers to completely shut off from high school recruiting the rest of this cycle, even if we know the team will go heavy into the transfer market in search of immediate impact players.

There is a big question here. Can the Huskers can take advantage of recruits looking for new landing spots? Based on the number of openings there could be a lot.

At first glance the Huskers are facing an uphill battle to flip these recruits. Before the Huskers season took a major down turn the team wasn’t in contention for many top recruits. So it will be unclear if Nebraska will be top of mind for those players looking for new homes. Even if those players give Nebraska a look a potential 3-9 season will make things more difficult.

There is a wild card here for the Huskers that could be a positive. All those head coach openings create assistant coach turnover too. Nebraska being in the market to add four assistant coaches right now will be interesting. At least one of Nebraska’s new assistant coaches is currently coaching at another school. What type of connections will they have to different recruits?

Those could be commits at the school they are leaving. It could be targets they had built a connection to before accepting the job at Nebraska. I don’t think it would be wise to count on seven added commitments to the 2022 class like that. But two is a realistic number. That could make a nice impact given how small the Huskers 2022 recruiting class is going to be.

There has been a shift toward Nebraska focusing on the portal and JUCO recruiting. That seems to be the preferred way for the Huskers to finish off this cycle. There could be new players in the mix from the high school ranks over the next month. It’s important to keep an eye out for them to continue building towards the future of the program.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska did not make the top 10 for top JUCO pass rusher Jeffrey M’ba.

>> Class of 2024 Bellevue West quarterback Daniel Kaelin released his sophomore year highlights.

>> The Huskers offered 2024 athlete Jaylen McClain on Tuesday afternoon.

ICYMI

>> A bench barrage was not enough as the Huskers lost to Creighton and lost Trey McGowens to injury.

>> Take a look at the Hail Varsity photo gallery from the rivalry game between the Huskers and Creighton.

>> Both Luke Reimer and Nick Henrich are closing in on triple-digit tackles this season which would be an incredible feat (Premium) writes Steve Marik.

>> In this week’s mailbag the Hail Varsity staff tackled talk of the Huskers’ next offensive coordinator and more.

>> Jacob Padilla looks into big shoes to fill in both basketball and football for the latest Padding the Stats.

>> Steve Marik took a deep dive into Scott Frost’s coaching tree to check for hints (Premium) on who Nebraska’s next offensive coordinator could be.

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