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 bye week is a great time for players and coaches to get rejuvenated. Even though it’s so close to the last bye week, the players needed the time to get their legs back and deal with nagging injuries. The November grind in this league is real and being as healthy as possible helps.
For the coaching staff, recruiting was a big focus during the bye week. Nebraska currently has 13 known commitments with just five recruiting weekends left before the early signing period hits on Dec. 18. We know that Coach Scott Frost was out in highs schools this past week. It was confirmed that he made stops in Nebraska, Iowa and Georgia.
Despite the up-and-down nature of this season, Frost said on Monday that the Nebraska brand and his staff got a great response on the road.
"Out and about, people know our program. I think the reaction to Nebraska football still around the country is unbelievable," Frost said. "I think people understand our staff and the direction that we're going. We're getting nothing but positive response."
The last time we spoke with running backs coach Ryan Held, he expressed that Nebraska has the opportunity to finish the 2020 class on a strong note. They just have to work hard and close. Frost explained that this bye week helped with that effort.
"I think we made some good progress on the road recruiting and we needed to have that week," Frost said. "It was good for us to get out and I think it's going to make a difference for us in recruiting."
We are going to get a look at how much that in person time helped this weekend. It’s shaping up to be a good visit weekend with at least five official visitors despite the 11 a.m. CT kickoff. You can also expect there to be key 2021 targets in town in addition to some of the 2020 commits.
If things pick up to finish off the 2020 class the second bye week could prove to be a catalyst.
>> Kendall Dennis, a 4-star defensive back from Florida, will be taking an official visit to Nebraska this weekend.
OV to the university of Nebraska this weekend #GBR 🔴
— Kendall🖤 (@theycravekd) November 11, 2019
>> Ole Miss bounce back and East Mississppi linebacker/safety Kevontae Ruggs announced that he received a scholarship offer from the Huskers.
#LatePost…Sorry, I haven’t been on Twitter in a minute.
Blessed to have a talk with @CoachRHeld and the rest of the staff. With the help of @CoachDaleVogel, I am proud to announce that I have received an offer to play at the University of Nebraska 🔴⚪️❗️❕@GetLiveeeee5 👀🤐🤧 pic.twitter.com/3HoPyLsOBR
— Kevontae' Ruggs (@rip_lamexico) November 11, 2019
>> Outside linebacker TJ Bollers, one of Nebraska’s top targets for the class of 2021, was back in Madison this weekend.
My family and I had an awesome time this weekend at Wisconsin! Thank you @CoachAprilUW and Coach Leonhard for spending time with me and the fam before the game and to the UW staff for showing lots of love!! 🦡 @BadgerFootball @CoachGebhardt @CoachAprilUW @bzdebski @CoachKhalif pic.twitter.com/24uTF8mCao
— TJ Bollers (@tj35ballin) November 11, 2019
>> Johnson-Brock athlete Ty Hahn posted his senior highlights on Monday. He racked up 65 receptions for 1,353 yards and 23 touchdowns.
>> Former Husker linebacker commit Rodney Groce will be making an announcement on Tuesday.
Committing Tomorrow 💯🤫
— Rodney Groce Jr 🐶™️ (@rodneygroce_) November 11, 2019
>> Nebraska’s linebackers haven’t been great but third down coverage has another problem, writes Derek Peterson.
>> The Big Ten title race is heating up for Husker volleyball with just three weeks to play.
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>> Lindsay Krause, a 2021 Nebraska volleyball commit, is feeling right at home (Premium) in the Devaney Center.
>> Scott Frost kicked off Wisconsin week with a press conference on Monday.
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.