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.
The days of a player signing with another team out of high school and a school not needing to worry about how that relationship ends are over. Players and coaches move so frequently now. It is in the best interest of everyone to end those relationships amicably. The same is true of how players treat the recruiting process. It’s now a good business decision to not cut ties completely with your recruiters.
The biggest example of this right now for the Huskers is defensive back Tommi Hill. The Florida native took a winding road to Lincoln.
“Ideally, I was trying to go here when I came out of high school but with COVID I couldn’t take a visit,” Hill said. “I got to see the place I went to and I couldn’t see this place. I got to visit Arizona State and Florida State coming out of high school. I picked Arizona State. Coming out of transfer portal Coach Fisher said the same thing to me about being competitive. You got to earn a starting spot anywhere you go. I didn’t worry about the competition because that’s my that was my mentality. Trying to earn a starting spot.”
Hill spent the 2021 season at Arizona State where he played in 11 games as a true freshman. He finished the season with nine tackles.
There is an adjustment that Hill had to make but it doesn’t have to do with anything on the field. Being from Florida and playing a year at Arizona State he isn’t used to the seasons changing. That was the biggest surprise when he took his official visit to Nebraska in January. That didn’t end up keeping the defender away from picking the Huskers though because he thinks the atmosphere in Lincoln is ‘lovely.’
Hill also knows that if he were to make it to the NFL you don’t get to pick the weather you play in. A lot of places you’d play in are in colder climates so he might as well get used to it now.
The adjustment in the locker room for Hill coming to Nebraska has been smooth. A big reason for that is he has more players on the Nebraska roster to bond with that are from Florida or the South.
“Over there at Arizona State everyone is from California,” Hill said. “Just having people here already I know like Tamon Lynum and Braxton Clark that made a big impact on me.”
The relationship with defensive backs coach Travis Fisher also helps. The two went through the recruiting process together twice. Hill almost picking Nebraska out of high school. The Huskers were at the top of his list when entering the transfer portal. His relationship with Fisher remains solid. Fisher is the same person on the recruiting trail and as a coach.
Staying consistent with the message and being real as a coach can go a long way. It’s more important in the era of the transfer portal to keep that in mind. You never know how things can go even if a player doesn’t sign with your school initially.
The recruitment of Hill is a shining example of that.
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— Will Nixon (@william_nixonTD) April 6, 2022
>> The Huskers offered a scholarship to 2024 Iowa linebacker Derek Weisskopf on Wednesday.
After a good talk with @CoachChinander I am blessed to receive my 2nd offer from the University of Nebraska☠️🔴⚪️ @HuskerFBNation @SeanDillonNU @AllenTrieu @SBock247 @BlairRIVALS pic.twitter.com/beeINX40Vc
— Derek Weisskopf (@DerekWeisskopf) April 6, 2022
>> Nebraska offered 2024 EDGE Albert Smith from Louisiana on Tuesday night.
— Albert Smith (@albert_smith3) April 5, 2022
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>> The Husker receivers and defensive backs are ready to compete against each other in the spring game this weekend.
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>> Check out the spring game forecast and weather updates ahead of the game this weekend.
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.