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Nebraska Recruiting: Defensive Backs Coach Travis Fisher Covets Intangibles in Portal Players

November 24, 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.


The transfer portal is active right now in college football. Each day there seems to be a new report of players from around the country electing to enter the portal. That figures to heat up even more over the next week as the regular season comes to an end. The Huskers have seen their share of portal entries like everyone else over the last few seasons. This year we’ve seen a couple of players enter the portal from the team too.

The Huskers will lose more players to the portal. They will also gain players back as coach Scott Frost noted a couple weeks ago. In fact, this is a large part of Nebraska’s strategy for the 2022 recruiting cycle. The Huskers are in win-now mode. They need to bring in players that can help them pick up more wins next season.

“There’s teams around the country in our league who have taken a lot of those guys and fixed rosters fast and kind of propelled their team a little quicker,” Frost said. “We weren’t able to do that when I first got the job here because that wasn’t in existence. Now that it is, I think it’s going to be a good way to try to add some pieces to the really good players and young players we have on our roster to try to take the next step.”

The Huskers will save spots in the 2022 recruiting class so they can bring in more transfer players. That is a key part of the strategy. We can explore different positions where the Huskers might look for help. One position is at defensive back. The Huskers are losing a pair of seniors in Deontai Williams and Marquel Dismuke. It feels like Cam Taylor-Britt is off to the NFL after Friday’s game against Iowa. The Huskers could use a cornerback or a safety from the portal. I asked defensive backs coach Travis Fisher what it takes to thrive in his room as a transfer.

“The want and desire to be coached,” Fisher said. “The desire to be great. The want to get your degree. Everything else comes behind that. Once the secondary stuff is behind you then usually the main thing becomes the main thing. You just start growing with the game and the sport. Whether it’s guys out of the portal, whether it’s guys from junior colleges or if it’s high school kids that are coming in here that are just already kind of polished. It’s the same thing, the same philosophy, in my opinion.”

It’s interesting to see Fisher not list off any physical attributes in the players he adds to his room. Those attributes do matter to help you be successful. It makes for a much smoother transition into his room if players enter the team with the right mindset. We might end up see how the Huskers go about finding those players once the season is over.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska 2023 quarterback target JJ Kohl released his junior highlights.

>> Florida defensive back Braeden Marshall, who visited Nebraska earlier this season, has an impressive list of offers.

>> Priority 2023 outside linebacker target Tausili Akana was offered by Michigan State.

ICYMI

>> Scott Frost spoke about the offense with Logan Smothers, gave an injury update and more ahead of the Iowa game.

>> I gave five thoughts (Premium) on Gretna’s thrilling Class A win over Omaha Westside to win state.

>> Alonzo Verge Jr., double-double and Bryce McGowens’ free throws sunk Tennessee State on Tuesday night.

>> Jacob Padilla has your standouts (Premium) from the Class C1 and C2 state championship games.

>> The I-80 Preview podcast is back and wants no gravy as Brandon Vogel discusses the Nebraska versus Iowa matchup.

>> Erin Sorensen and Sausha Durkan remind you not to forget your context on this week’s Mind Your Own podcast.

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag including talk about football, women’s and men’s hoops.

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