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Nebraska Recruiting: Defensive Performance Provides Helpful Example on Trail for Huskers

September 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.


It can be tough to find the positives for Nebraska right now that can be carried forward. There is one big one that could help Nebraska win games and recruit well.

Nebraska defenders would tell you Saturday’s performance at Michigan State was good but not great. They are not satisfied. The defense did not give up a single first down during the second half, yet the Huskers managed to lose the game in East Lansing. Senior JoJo Domann thinks the defense had more to give. They could have gotten the ball out and forced another turnover from the Spartans.

“We had a good half but it wasn’t great by any means, Domann said. “We’ve got more to give. This whole team has more to give. We’re not done, we’re not going to roll over this hurts. We want to win the game. We are competitors but ultimately it’s how we respond to these moments that are going to define us.”

Despite the Husker defenders’ feelings that more could have been done to win the game, kudos are due to them. That side of the football has made a lot of improvement since 2018 under the leadership of defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. That is the type of progress that can be sold on the recruiting trail.

The Huskers need more players in the 2022 recruiting class. The class has eight members right now. Three of the prospects project for the defensive side of the football. We know it will be a small class but the Huskers have needs on that side of the ball this cycle, including at least two defensive backs. The search also continues for an edge rusher.

We are five games into the 2022 season for Nebraska. We can say confidently we know the defense will show up each week. The Huskers have put good things on film and the defensive coaches can use that to get recruits interested in playing for them. Now the Huskers have to get them on campus starting this weekend.

We know of one defender scheduled to take an official visit to Lincoln this weekend. Florida defensive back London Hall (6-2, 185) will be making the trip to check out the Huskers take on Northwestern. Hall plays on both sides of the ball for Calvary Christian. He prefers defense and that’s where college coaches see him. Hall holds five offers including Virginia and Iowa State.

This week will be an interesting one. The Huskers have been building toward this home game. It’s the first one with the potential for many official visitors. The Michigan State loss could prove to be set back in how good the atmosphere is for the Northwestern game. The Huskers have a calling card on defense now. That should get recruits excited to be future Blackshirts.

Recruit Watch

>> Bellevue West running back LJ Richardson committed to Wyoming over the weekend.

>> Nebraska 2023 quarterback target Reese Mooney suffered a broken ankle this weekend. He is scheduled to visit Lincoln this weekend.

>> Lincoln East athlete Malachi Coleman posted his midseason highlights on Saturday.

ICYMI

>> Brandon Vogel found the bottom line after the game which is the season rests with the Huskers’ offensive line.

>> Jacob Padilla emptied his volleyball notebook (Premium) to look at the starting lineup, Krause’s comfort, conference chaos and more.

>> Despite an incredible performance, Nebraska’s defense left without a reward as Steve Marik wrote.

>> The spark has been as difficult to find as answers (Premium) for the Huskers after a puzzling loss.

>> The Huskers opened as eight-point favorites over Northwestern this weekend.

>> Jacob Padilla also dug into his basketball notebook (Premium) to hit a wide range of topics.

>> Connor Culp bounced back but special teams still sunk Nebraska in East Lansing.

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