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.
I’m back in the saddle for the recruiting notebook. Big thanks to the rest of the Hail Varsity crew for holding down the fort while I was off recharging the batteries. While I was away, one of Nebraska’s top 2021 targets, defensive end TJ Bollers, reached out and said that he took a trip to Lincoln with his mom and brother.
I had a great couple of days at Nebraska! What a great visit! Thank you @coach_frost and @CoachChinander for giving me the opportunity 🌽 #GBR @HuskerFBNation pic.twitter.com/A2SwPZgVZJ
— TJ Bollers (@tj35ballin) February 22, 2019
I asked Bollers how the trip went and he gave me the full rundown.
“It was really cool,” he said. “I got to sit down and talk with Coach [Jovan] Dewitt and Coach [Scott] Frost for a bit and then I met with the dietician and strength coach to talk more about development like weight and strength wise. Afterwards, I toured the academic building with [Executive Associate Athletic Director for Academics] Dennis [Leblanc] and he's a cool guy. He showed us all around the academic center and gave us the rundown on how it works there.
“After that I did a photoshoot and my little brother got in some of the pictures with a jersey, helmet and gloves of his own so that was cool for him. The last thing we did was eat with the players. I met a bunch of them and was able to learn from a student athlete point of view how it works there. Then Coach [Dave] Ellis also showed me how a player would eat and what he does for certain guys during that time.”
The Clear Creek Amana star already holds a handful of offers from schools, including Iowa, Minnesota and Virginia Tech. His lead recruiter is defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, who is surely looking to get Bollers and his family back to Lincoln soon. Bollers isn’t sure if he can make it for the spring game just yet but he told me that they’ll be back in the fall for sure.
>> Big congratulations are in order for incoming offensive tackle Bryce Benhart for winning the heavyweight state championship in Minnesota.
Congrats @BenhartBryce on an undefeated season and a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP! pic.twitter.com/KOYLVCvffW
— North Wrestling (@LNHSWrestling) March 3, 2019
>> Sticking with the wrestling theme, big 2020 defensive tackle target Nash Hutmacher was named Wrestler of the Year for the third year in a row.
Congratulations @Nashnation72 on being the first wrestler to earn Daily Republic Wrestler of the Year for 3 consecutive years! #Thepolarbear https://t.co/56lKChl71M
— Joe Hutmacher (@joe_hutmacher) March 2, 2019
>> Nebraska will continues to look at the junior college market in the class of 2020. On Sunday, the Huskers offered cornerback Art Green from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.
>> Jacob Padilla broke down Nebraska’s offense ahead of spring football. He also also broke down the key defensive position battles.
>> Kyle Kardell has your gamer on Nebraska baseball’s loss to Sam Houston State from Saturday. Sunday’s game was canceled due to weather.
>> Check out this recap of Stanley Morgan Jr.’s NFL Combine results.
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.