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Nebraska Recruiting: Change Needed with Recruiting Calendar?

July 28, 2019

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.


Now that the season is just around the corner and fall camp is starting up across the country, what better time to talk about the recruiting calendar? A video was going around over the weekend of Texas coach Tom Herman and Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher on a panel at the Texas High School Coaches Association Convention. On that panel, Fisher made a point about the current setup that I had never considered until he said it. 

“It’s hard now,” Fisher said. “When do you have enough family time? When are you taking vacation? Do you get a vacation? Do you cut it back? … We’re dealing with official visits in April, May and June. Every weekend there’s official visits so coaches are there. You’ve got them in December and January. You’re playing in the fall. You’ve got spring ball. Every weekend you’ve got unofficial visitors coming.

“You only get three or four weekends, when you get both days off, all year with your family. Think about that. They say, ‘Well, you make a lot of money.’ That’s all great. But you’ve got family and everything else in the world to think about. That’s the schedule we’re dealing with.”

When you think about coaching as a regular job, you really can see Fisher’s point. The issue most fans will have is that—as Fisher said—he makes a lot of money. He makes $7.5 million a season. But who’s counting?

By and large, I think the early signing period is a positive for college football. You are trading a more stressful and busy summer with early officials for not having to worry about losing some commitments if they sign in December. With that said, Fisher did have a suggestion that I would be in favor of.

“The Early Signing Period, I do think is a good thing. I really do,” Fisher said. “But my suggestion was to have it at the end of July. When you’re coming into the season, it takes a heck of a weight off your (coaches). You’re taking a big weight of actual phone calls off your assistant coaches and you can really hone down on the guys who aren’t signed in your class. That gives you a bit of time to recover during the season if you’re behind.”

There would need to be something in place to protect the prospects if a coach decided to take another job but I could see a system like Fisher described working. I don’t know if the NCAA is considering making tweaks to the recruiting calendar but finding some changes that could help everyone involved would be interesting. 

Recruit Watch

>> Teddy Prochazka, a 2021 offensive tackle target at Elkhorn South, took a trip to Northwestern over the weekend.

>> Nebraska offensive line target Paula Vaipulu included the Huskers in his top five over the weekend.

>> Illinois speedster Marcellus Moore joined the Purdue class over the weekend.

ICYMI

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>> Jacob Padilla is back with Padding the Stats to explore Nebraska basketball’s new style.

>> Summer gains entering Year 2 is a hot topic and Derek Peterson explains how Zach Duval is the key.

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