Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scot Frost watches his team play during their spring football game
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Nebraska Recruiting: Exploring Huskers’ Options for Final 2021 Scholarship

June 16, 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.

Transfer defensive back Tyreke Johnson recently announced that he would be joining the Huskers. The former Ohio State defender will be joining the team soon after committing last weekend. He’ll look to compete for a spot opposite Cam Taylor-Britt. Johnson grabbed one of the two remaining scholarships that the Huskers had. Now the team has just one left to use for the 2021 recruiting class.

Now that the Huskers have just one scholarship left to use, what are the program’s options? We know that Penn State defensive line commit Jordan van den Berg is not at Nebraska in part because the Huskers did not want to use the final scholarship on him. Given the state of the defensive line room that was probably a wise decision by the Huskers in the long run.

One path the Huskers could take with the final spot is using it on another transfer player that is available right now. Like they did with Johnson, transfers can be brought in this month for official visits. The team could choose to do that. The benefit being the player is here for the full summer conditioning program.

A different route to take would be to keep the spot through most of the summer. More players are bound to hit the portal between summer workouts and the season. A late addition of that nature is how this staff landed cornerback Mike Hughes when they were at Central Florida. What if a game-changing pass rusher is available closer to the season? Having that scholarship in the back pocket would come in handy. At that point, most teams won’t have a scholarship available.

There is one final option on the table. Coach Scott Frost could elect to just roll the scholarship over to the next recruiting cycle. It’s not 100% clear what the NCAA is going to do with scholarship numbers moving forward. That will have a big impact on the 2022 recruiting class. Nebraska could be looking at a 2022 class of anywhere between 14-28 players. That one extra scholarship could make a big difference, especially with so many local prospects being on the verge of an offer.

The Huskers have a range of options on the table as they try to navigate how to move forward. There are a lot of factors to consider at once. The program is still struggling to get off the ground under Frost. Each decision means that much more.

Recruit Watch

>> Defensive back Ryland Gandy out of Buford High in Georgia has committed to Pittsburgh.

>> Elkhorn South 2023 outside linebacker Maverick Noonan enjoyed his unofficial visit to Nebraska on Tuesday.

>> Iowa offensive lineman Kale Krogh committed to the Hawkeyes on Tuesday. He did a private workout with Nebraska earlier this month.

>> Priority Nebraska wide receiver target Landon Samson was offered by South Carolina on Wednesday.


>> In the latest Padding the Stats Jacob Padilla looks at the playoffs, All-NBA voting and recruiting.

>> The Mind Your Own podcast is back to make things Instagram official.

>> Adrian Martinez checks in at number six in the 10 most intriguing Husker series.

>> Derek Peterson has your notes from the Big Red Blitz in Columbus.

>> I’ve got your notes from the Big Red Blitz in Grand Island.

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