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Nebraska Recruiting: Fisher Believes Husker Fans to Play Key Role in Name, Image, Likeness Era

June 17, 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.


We don’t know 100% of what the final result of name, image and likeness legislation will look like for college football. The only thing we truly know is that it’s coming. The ability for college athletes to make money from their likeness will have huge implications in college athletics. It will extend beyond the football team and outside of sports. Schools like Nebraska are planning curriculum around the changes to educate student-athletes as well.

Most people you talk to describe the pending changes as a “game-changer.” Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher did that on Wednesday in Grand Island during the Big Red Blitz stop there. He also mentioned that Nebraska having the best fan base in the country will play a role in what is coming.

“When players show up in Lincoln on recruiting visits, the number one thing I hear is, someone contacted me on Twitter and said welcome to Lincoln,” Fisher said. “How did they know I was here? I and I get it all the time and it is thousands of fans that do it. What that says to a kid now that NIL is a huge deal now is the likeness part of that deal, right?

“All right, Nebraska fans like me, they love me so when I show up in town, I’m getting 3,000 likes just showing up in town. When I commit because I had a great visit that three just turned to 10,000. OK, now you have companies that want to do business with kids that are popular. Well, guess what? The fans just made them popular.”

The next step is the players performing on the field. On-field performance will ultimately be the deciding factor on just how popular players become in a lot of cases. Fisher gave another real-life example of how the fan base could play into a prospects’ decision making.

“If I’m a kid and I’m taking a visit right now, it’s turning into a business deal now,” Fisher said. “If I’m the kid I got Florida State and I got a Nebraska. When I took a visit 100 people hit me up and say welcome to Tallahassee. 5000 people hit me up and said welcome to Nebraska. What do you think the kid is thinking about? What do you think the parents are thinking about? So, it’s a huge deal.”

NIL will have a huge impact on their college experience opening up several doors that were previously closed. The Go Big project on campus will also provide top of the line amenities for Nebraska athletes. As Fisher said Wednesday, it’s an exciting time to be entering Nebraska as a student-athlete.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska defensive line target Nico Davillier is heading to Oklahoma for an official visit on June 18.

>> The Huskers have offered 2024 California wide receiver Ryan Pellum.

>> Peyton Lange, a 2023 offensive lineman from Minnesota, will be in Lincoln for the pipeline camp on Saturday.

ICYMI

>> The Nebraska Preps Postgame show dives into the NBA Playoffs, Chris Paul and summer league standouts.

>> Greg Austin gave an overview of key players on Nebraska’s offensive line during his Big Red Blitz stop.

>> I’ve got your official visit preview (Premium) for Nebraska’s third week of June group.

>> Nebraska women’s basketball announced its 18-game Big Ten schedule for the 2021-22 season.

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag about the CFB, Nebraska secondary and more.

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