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Nebraska Recruiting: Contributions From Young Players Will Help Open Pipelines

March 25, 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.


Every college program has areas they recruit repeatedly. It’s natural that coaches have connections in certain areas of the country, or a school has just historically done well recruiting a particular state. It has shifted some between coaching staffs over the years at Nebraska.

The Nebraska staff currently has good ties in Florida and Georgia. They efforts to recruit those states has been intense. Iowa, Missouri and Texas have also been mainstays of the recruiting efforts by Coach Scott Frost and his staff. We often talk about building pipeline states as something that is just done by landing players from a specific area. When in reality there is an additional step in that process.

Once players arrive in Lincoln, there is a next step to keep the players from that area rolling in. Players have to have success for the Huskers. Think about who the Huskers have recruited so far under Frost. Are there players that could help Nebraska advance efforts to open up pipelines?

Arizona is a state we don’t talk about as much with Nebraska recruiting currently, yet there are some Arizona natives on the team just waiting to break out. If they do, that could help Nebraska re-ignite the efforts out West. Javin Wright and Noa Pola-Gates have battled injuries. They could be on the verge of seeing more playing time. Ty Robinson is a starter for the team now. He’ll be a popular pick to take a big leap in his development during the 2021 season.

There are eight Georgia natives with scholarships on Nebraska’s team right now. Fans know the big four of Caleb Tannor, Quinton Newsome, Myles Farmer and Ronald Thompkins. Marquis Black, Gabe Ervin Jr., Shawn Hardy and Malik Williams are either on the way or haven’t been on campus long. The Georgia to Nebraska pipeline is open. If Nebraska wants to take another step building it a couple of that big four needs to break out.

One thing I find interesting about the group of players at Nebraska is that they are so young. Outside of Deontai Williams, everyone is an underclassman. Braxton Clark, Tamon Lynum, Nadab Joseph, Marvin Scott III and Kamonté Grimes are young players. Williams is a great ambassador to the program in Florida. So was recent graduate Dicaprio Bootle. Now the Huskers just need more of the remaining Florida players to see success.

The players listed make up a nice chuck of guys that could see the field for the Huskers soon. Their increased success leads to more team success. Both lead to being able to recruit where they are from easier. Every little bit helps as Frost tries to rebuild this program.

Recruit Watch

>> After a self-guided tour to Lincoln, MA offensive lineman Sullivan Weidman will release his top schools soon.

>> The Huskers have a June official visit lined up with Indiana pass rusher Popeye Williams.

>> Kansas athlete and Husker target Jaren Kanak was offered by Iowa.

ICYMI

>> I took a look at where the Huskers stack up (Premium) in the 2022 Big Ten recruiting rankings ahead of spring football.

>> Jacob Padilla looks into the Huskers turning up the heat (Premium) from the service line.

>> As Mike Babcock writes the Huskers are happy to welcome Minnesota and fans for the first home series at Haymarket Park.

>> The Nebraska basketball player reviews are rolling on (Premium) from Jacob Padilla and looking at wings.

>> Bill Moos says Nebraska is planning on 50% capacity at the spring game with the hopes of bumping in to 75%.

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