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Nebraska Recruiting: Exploring the Huskers’ Recruiting Pitch to Finish 2022 Cycle

November 08, 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.

This week’s question has come from a wide range of people. It’s been asked on Twitter and Facebook. I’ve also been asked this on the radio. What is Nebraska’s recruiting pitch now?

The Huskers clinched their fifth straight losing record on Saturday with the loss to Ohio State. It’s the fourth straight in four seasons under coach Scott Frost. The recruiting pitch can become very difficult in those circumstances even with the best recruiters on a staff. The Huskers have good recruiters both in the recruiting department and the coaching staff. But they are going to be tested in a major way to close this 2022 recruiting cycle.

The pitch for Nebraska likely depends on who exactly is being pitched. For players in the 2022 recruiting class, the pitch is going to be very tough. Those players (and their parents) are looking more toward the future with their decisions. A major shakeup in Frost’s staff will still raise questions about the future stability in the program.

Players in the 2022 class will want to know if they can be developed under this coaching staff. That’s before we know who will be in those position coach slots. Then depending on the position, class of 2022 prospects will want to know the plan to change up how that position is used in the current schemes. Especially offensively where there are a lot of questions up in the air.

The pitch to 2022 recruits in my mind is similar to what we hear Scott Frost say weekly. The team is close but needs a little more to get over the hump. Just looking at the scoreboard says that Frost is correct on that. He and his staff have to bank on that pitch landing.

Where things get a little more intriguing is the pitch to transfers. Those players can come from junior colleges or the transfer portal but that pitch is pretty similar for both groups. Frost could tell them that the program has not been shy under him about bringing in transfer players. It’s never going to be a 100% hit rate on transfers but the team has found a way to get something out of a lot of players added to the team that way.

A quick scan of the depth chart would show that Nebraska has starters at several positions that were transfers. There are others contributing to the team as well. Pitching that a legitimate opportunity is there for the taking at several positions is a powerful pitch. The other factor that helps Nebraska there is that transfers with limited eligibility are likely looking for immediate playing time over any other factors. It’s more of a short-term benefit than long-term.

We’ll get a chance to see how effective Nebraska’s pitch will be this week. The Huskers like to use bye weeks to recruit. It’s safe to assume Frost will have the team do it this week. The team will continue searching for players than can help the program next year and into the future.

Recruit Watch

>> Priority 2024 quarterback target Dylan Raiola was offered by Arizona on Sunday.

>> Kansas City 2022 tight end/wide receiver prospect Quinton Conley is still looking for a landing spot.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska announced that Scott Frost will return to coach Nebraska in 2022.

>> Nebraska football also announced some big coaching changes on Monday.

>> As Brandon Vogel wrote, Frost’s wait has ended and hopefully it is the end of Nebraska’s waiting game.

>> Derek Peterson gave his thoughts on one of college football’s best defenses but one of its worst special teams and more.

>> Papillion-La Vista tight end Luke Lindenmeyer detailed his excitement (Premium) to join the Huskers’ walk-on class.

>> Rebounding is key as the Huskers head into the season opener against Western Illinois.

>> Steve Marik has his five standout plays (Premium) on the rewatch of the Ohio State game.

>> The Huskers slipped in the AVCA poll after the loss to Ohio State.

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