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Nebraska Recruiting: Exploring Impact of Alliances and Realignment on Huskers

September 20, 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 questions never stop in the recruiting world. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something to talk about so we have been taking reader and listener suggestions on questions. I then answer the questions in a quick video. For this week’s topic we are diving into a question from Twitter. This week’s question is all about the potential for changes with conference realignment and alliances.

The college football landscape is evolving quickly. The SEC bringing in Texas and Oklahoma forced the other conferences to do something. Coming up with the Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12 alliance was one of the first steps. David’s question got right to the heart of the matter. He’s wondering about Nebraska’s ability to expand its recruiting footprint. Arizona comes up because the Huskers have had success recruiting there.

It seemed like the Huskers were going to make a big impact in Arizona for years to come after that 2019 haul. Nebraska landed some big fish from the state in coach Scott Frost’s first full cycle. The Huskers signed Ty Robinson and Noa Pola-Gates that were US All-Americans. The team also added legacy defender Javin Wright.

That potential pipeline has dried up for Nebraska. The team hasn’t landed another Arizona prospect since the 2019 cycle. The scholarship offers from Nebraska in the state have slowed down too. It’s possible that playing more games out west would help Nebraska’s recruiting efforts in the state.

I have my eye on two different states because of the Alliance. If I were Nebraska’s schedule-makers, I’d call up Georgia Tech and Florida State. Scheduling a home-and-home series with those schools would be smart. Sometimes it’s the right call to strengthen your sweet spots in recruiting. Building new pipelines can be difficult. Teams only have so many resources. For a school like Nebraska that recruits nationwide, it could be wise to focus on the strengths.

Nebraska has had a lot of success recruiting Florida and Georgia during Frost’s tenure. Those two states are consistently in the top four of total offers by the staff. There are eight Georgia natives on the team now. Nine players from Florida are on the team. What if Nebraska played more in Georgia and Florida? That might be a nice next step to continue recruiting players from those states.

Tight ends coach Sean Beckton and defensive backs coach Travis Fisher recruit the South well. They could also pitch to players that their families would see them play close to home. Even if it was a couple times in their careers it could help.

We’ll see how things shake out with the latest round of realignment and the reaction to it. There will be opportunities in recruiting as the landscape changes around college football.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska quarterback commit Richard Torres unfortunately had his season cut short by injury.

>> Grand Island 2023 defender Victor Isele posted his midseason highlights on Tuesday.

ICYMI

>> Amid progress elsewhere, questions remain on Nebraska’s offensive line according to Derek Peterson.

>> Nebraska is still aiming to have a clear-cut running back as we enter Week 4 of its season.

>> With his lineup identified, John Cook is ‘fired up’ to being league play.

>> I’ve got you premium hallway notebook (Premium) ahead of the Michigan State game including the interesting reason Deontai Williams knew Quinton Newsome would be good.

>> William Przystup is ready to ‘kick some butt’ (Premium) against his former team Michigan State.

>> Steve Marik has five standout plays for you on the rewatch of the Oklahoma game.

>> Nebraska’s defense is aiming to be elite by getting off the field on third downs.

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