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.
There has been a lot of talk about transfer portal additions for the Huskers this offseason. It is merited since the Huskers added double-digit transfers to the program and all are in Lincoln for the spring semester. They are taking part in winter conditioning and will take part in spring football. The Huskers did have six players enroll early that signed with the team in December. It’s been a little lost in the shuffle.
We would have talked a lot about those six players and the potential impact they could make in a normal year. This isn’t exactly a normal cycle so they have been overshadowed. Check out this neat video the Huskers put out on Wednesday. It features linebacker Ernest Hausmann. It got me thinking about the potential for the traditional early enrollees to play.
— Ernest Hausmann (@Ernest_Hausmann) January 26, 2022
Finding potential centers is difficult. The Huskers might have found one in New Jersey lineman Justin Evans-Jenkins. The lineman (6-2, 270) is an accomplished wrestler which is something that drew the Huskers to him along with his skills on the football field. Here’s an interesting fact: Evans-Jenkins is the first player ever from his high school to graduate early. The Huskers won’t rush his development. He’s an intriguing prospect for offensive line coach Donovan Raiola to mold.
The Huskers have made over the defensive back room this offseason. It’s easy to forgot that defensive back Jaeden Gould is the headliner of the 2022 recruiting class. Gould (6-2, 200) was committed to USC before its staff shakeup. There is plenty of competition in the defensive back room. Gould enrolling early will help him have a chance. It’s a safe bet to think a couple new guys will be in the two-deep in the secondary. Why not the freshman from Bergen Catholic High School?
The Columbus inside linebacker Hausmann comes into a tough position group. It’s hard to crack the two-deep as a true freshman, especially at a spot where the two leading tacklers return. There are veteran players behind them. Hausmann got a jump start on the weight room by arriving early. He’s a good long-term prospect as he gets bigger and learns from good leaders in his room.
Florida native Victor Jones Jr. was a long-time commit before he was able to sign with the team. The wideout stuck with the Huskers despite being pursued by many teams in 2021. He posted 53 catches for 847 yards as a senior and has good speed. The wide receiver rotation is not settled. There are plenty of new faces and returning players that are ready to make an impact.
Deshon Singleton (6-3, 205) was the only junior college recruit that signed with Nebraska during the December signing period. Two more junior college players have joined him since as transfers. Of this group Singleton might be the odds-on favorite to crack the lineup. He’s got three seasons to play at Nebraska after being at Hutchinson Community College.
“We are really excited about him,” Frost said during his signing day press conference. “Safety is one spot on our roster where we are a little short on numbers, and I think he is going to be a really good addition that will hopefully come in and compete right away.”
It’s going to be tough for Texas quarterback Richard Torres to compete for playing time this fall. He’s almost a lock for a redshirt. He first needs to get his knee fully healthy after an injury that cut his senior season short. He threw for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns in four games so the talent is there. It’ll benefit Torres to finish rehab in Lincoln and be around the team to learn a new offense. Long-term he’s a great fit with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.
There is an intriguing group of players that signed with the team in December and are in town for the semester. If a couple contribute early that will be a nice bonus for the team. It’s expected that the transfers will have a bigger impact in 2022. These early enrollees get a nice jump start on their Husker careers too.
>> The Huskers are hosting 2023 Iowa athlete Jamison Patton this weekend for Junior Day.
— jamo✌🏽 (@jamisonpattonn) January 27, 2022
>> Recent Huskers 2023 linebacker offer Ronan Hanafin was offered by Ohio State.
I am extremely grateful to have received an offer from The Ohio State University! Thank you @ryandaytime and @Coach_P_Fleming for the opportunity‼️ @markpantoni @CoachKee @brianhartline @Coach_Willey_FB @mboyle1959 pic.twitter.com/seKkcRuTsb
— Ronan Hanafin (@RonanHanafin) January 27, 2022
>> Damari Brown, a 2023 defensive back from Florida, was offered by the Huskers on Thursday.
Blessed to Receive an Offer from The University of Nebraska 🌽 pic.twitter.com/bNy25Na4k7
— Damari Brown (@db2_era) January 27, 2022
>> Scottsbluff 2023 offensive lineman Brock Knutson is seeing his recruitment pick up. I caught up with him (Premium) to get the latest.
>> Jacob Padilla has his sights set on defensive specialists for his next 2021 Nebraska volleyball position review.
>> The Husker men’s basketball team is returning to action Thursday against Wisconsin.
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.