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Nebraska Recruiting: Critical Fourth Season Will Have Big Impact for 2022 Class and Beyond

August 26, 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.


“Just prove it on the field.”

That’s been a popular refrain from Nebraska’s fan base this offseason. The time has come for Nebraska to show progress under coach Scott Frost. Everyone recognizes that fact. You’ll get no argument from me on that point.

There are things to like about what the Huskers are doing as a program right now though. Running backs coach Ryan Held knew it was time to show it on Saturdays at the end of spring football.

“Even though we’ve done a really good job, I think of identifying kids and having good relationships, nothing beats a kid coming here and seeing all this and seeing Lincoln and our fans and all the great things we have,” Held said. “Then the new facility that’s going to be starting here soon, that’s going to put us in a in a whole different category.

“Then, we got to go and do our thing in the fall. Because that’ll be another phase of it. Us continuing to show that we’re getting better and getting this program where it needs to be.”

The start of a coach’s tenure always gets graded on a curve. It takes time to get players that fit the system and get the culture in place. While doing that the coaching staff sells the future vision for the program to new recruits. The Huskers have done a good job in previous recruiting classes selling that vision. The future is now for Nebraska.

All but one of Nebraska’s projected starters on the offensive line were recruited by Frost. The three scholarship quarterbacks were recruited by Frost. Whichever running back wins the job is a Frost recruit. Same goes for the wide receivers. Austin Allen is the only tight end who wasn’t recruited by Frost.

The defense is mostly Frost recruits too. Marquel Dismuke, Damion Daniels, Ben Stille and Deontae Thomas are holdovers from the previous staff. Most players you see contributing this season were recruited by this staff. That’s why it’s more important that things turn around. There is only so long that the future can be sold before recruits ask where the results are.

Nebraska needs a season where people aren’t wondering if commits are going to stay with their pledge. Wondering if recruits would stick with their pledge has become a storyline too often. In modern recruiting multiple classes are being worked on at once. The class of 2023 will also be closely watching the Huskers to see if progress is being made.

The Huskers do not have to be a 10-win outfit this season. Continue to show progress by making a bowl. That should be enough to be described as gaining momentum. Frost is excited to lead his Huskers on the field for the start of the 2021 season. There will be a lot of curious eyes on the game that kicks off the college football season.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers are sending out graphics to recruits as they get ready to kick their seasons off.

ICYMI

>> I explored Bellevue West aiming to get the state championship back (Premium) in Class A this season.

>> The I-80 Preview podcast is here to look at the Nebraska versus Illinois matchup.

>> Nebraska volleyball’s first match of the season has been canceled and the Husker invitational has seen a shuffle.

>> Tom’s Time is back to take a look at the start to a national championship season.

>> Nebraska has updated its mask policy ahead of the fall sports season.

>> Jacob Padilla has a preview of Class B Nebraska high school volleyball (Premium) with recruits to keep an eye on.

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