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Nebraska Recruiting: Culture Key in Potential Transfer Strategy For Huskers’ 2022 Class

September 23, 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.


Culture has been a popular buzzword around the Nebraska football program since 2018 when coach Scott Frost took over the program. Upon arrival the talk was that the culture wasn’t strong enough. Now in his fourth season, Frost is happy with where the team culture is. There is a lot more talk of players policing themselves. Accountability appears to be up.

I bring up culture again for a reason. Frost has said that a strong culture needs to be in place to help transfers accilimate. The Huskers have some examples of this being the case. Matt Lubick noted the role of the players on the team saying how well Samori Touré has blended into the team. The team embracing him gave Touré a boost of confidence.

Are the Huskers banking on replicating that type of success this recruiting cycle? The Huskers are only going to sign between 12 and 14 prospects in the 2022 recruiting cycle. That is well-established and unlikely to change. That doesn’t mean that will be the only talent the Huskers add to the roster. Between December and the start of the 2022 season other players will join the team.

Attrition is bound to happen. It’s a fact of life in college football these days. Also, not every “junior” on Nebraska’s team is going to use the extra year of eligibility next season. There will be more spots to fill. That’s where the transfer portal comes into play.

The way recruiting is going this season points to this being a deliberate strategy by Nebraska. The picture is becoming clearer as the season goes on. The Huskers are figuring out where they will need to plug holes after the season. The program has had a fair amount of success bringing in transfer players to boost the team. Almost every position on the team has a transfer contributing on game days. Quarterback is the only position on the team that hasn’t had a transfer player see action this season.

The transfer portal has become a version of the waiver wire in college football. The Huskers haven’t been shy about using it. That is likely to continue as the Huskers look to bridge the gap in recruiting shortcomings.

The Huskers are going to continue searching for scholarship 2022 recruits. There are a handful more spots available in the class. The next few weeks of the season will be critical in those efforts. Five of the last seven games of the season are at home. It appears a blend of high school prospects and transfers is the goal to help boost the Huskers in the 2022 season.

Recruit Watch

>> Huskers 2023 quarterback target Reese Mooney was offered by Memphis.

>> North Dakota athlete Carson Hergele committed to NDSU on Wednesday.

ICYMI

>> Containing Kenneth Walker III will be a huge part of the game plan as Scott Frost explained during his Thursday press conference.

>> I took a look at where fans can expect Nebraska’s recruiting ranking (Premium) to come in with a very small class this cycle.

>> Brandon Vogel went into the deep to preview Nebraska-Michigan State in this week’s I-80 Preview podcast.

>> Madi Kubik led the way for the Huskers’ 3-1 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night.

>> Tom’s Time looks back at Terry Donahue’s rave review of Tommie Frazier from 1994.

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