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.
Nebraska wants to recruit the South.
Over each of the last two recruiting cycles, the Huskers’ top five states with the most scholarship offers have been Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Alabama. With the exception of California, each of those schools is in the South. Tight ends coach Sean Beckton spoke about what is standing out about Nebraska to prospects in that region.
“Well, obviously the track record that Coach [Scott] Frost and the rest of the staff had at UCF is the biggest thing,” Beckton said. “Over the last few years since Coach Frost got there and went from 0-12 to 13-0, that was the biggest story across the country. A lot of the high school coaches when Coach Frost got down there, he invited a lot of those coaches down to see us. They could be involved with the program and get around us a little bit more. They know how Coach Frost and the rest of the staff operate. We are good hard-working people. We do the best we can to help kids. They know how we are so when there is a kid being recruited by us, those guys as high school coaches are saying, ‘Hey, Coach Frost is up there.’
“Across the board you hear when I start communicating with a kid, I ask them what they know about Nebraska football they say Coach Frost and what he did at UCF. We’ve heard a lot of good things across the South. So, it’s a tribute to Coach Frost and the rest of the staff on what we built and got going at UCF and where we are heading right now.”
Brand recognition for Nebraska and its coaching staff is good down in the South. Because of that, the Huskers can get their foot in the door and have a chance at good prospects. In the last two recruiting cycles, the Huskers have signed 24 Southern-born players. Having those players enjoy good experiences in Lincoln is key. Them relaying the message back home helps.
“That’s huge,” he said. “When you’ve got guys here and they are productive on the field and out there playing. When kids come up on official or unofficial visits they are around each other. They see how happy they are to be here. That really helps. Then they got back and say hey Nebraska might be a place for us. Then they don’t worry about the distance as much because they know there are other guys from that area already here. They know they are adjusted and having a great time.”
When you see Caleb Tannor, Cam Taylor or Quinton Newsome on the field this fall having success, keep in mind that it has an impact below the surface. Success on the field will mean more success on the recruiting trail.
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Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.