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Nebraska Recruiting: Fordham Matchup Provides Additional Boost on Trail

May 06, 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.


Earlier this week the Huskers announced a schedule update. Nebraska will now face Fordham on Sept. 4 at Memorial Stadium. The matchup with Fordham replaces the previously scheduled game with Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 13.

There are a lot of reasons why the Huskers would want to add the game that they did against Fordham. The team will need early season momentum. The program has never had that under coach Scott Frost so there is value in potentially starting a season 3-0 before the matchup with Oklahoma.

“For recruiting, too, we need home games and the earlier the better,” Frost said. “Right now, as it sits we only have one home game scheduled before October and even for recruiting a lot kids will have made their decisions by then. I think we are looking at any and all options to get more home games and more home games early.”

Practically speaking, what the Huskers are doing here makes sense. It’s a much better recruiting opportunity to his Fordham in September than it is to play Southeastern Louisiana in November. Coming off a year of not hosting recruits, Nebraska will want to load up those early visit weekends. Showing the atmospheres Memorial Stadium is the team’s best weapon on the recruiting trail. The team has missed that during the last year of Zoom recruiting.

“Even though we’ve done a really good job, I think, identifying kids and having good relationships, nothing beats a kid coming here and seeing all this and seeing Lincoln and our fans and all the great things we have,” running backs coach Ryan Held said this spring. “Then the new facility that’s going to be starting here soon, that’s going to put us in a in a whole different category.”

Perhaps the Huskers can get that game on Sept. 4 to be a night game. That would be best, giving the maximum amount of time for recruits from around the country to have flight options to get to Lincoln. It becomes much harder to get players in if that game is at 11 a.m. Ultimately, how Nebraska recruits this season will be tied to how the team performs but it could give them a boost to have that early home game added to the schedule.

Recruit Watch

>> Husker commit Ernest Hausmann has his official visit locked in for the weekend of June 18.

>> Indiana pass rusher and Husker target Demetrious Allen got another Big Ten offer when Minnesota offered on Wednesday.

>> One of the top JUCO cornerbacks from the 2021 class Kamal Hadden has announced his intentions to leave Auburn after one spring.

ICYMI

>> The Huskers have plenty to accomplish (Premium) before a busy recruiting month in June.

>> Jacob Padilla rounds up some outstanding questions after spring football for the Huskers in the latest Padding the Stats.

>> Derek Peterson is taking stock of the running back room (Premium) post spring football.

>> The 2020-21 Nebraska volleyball position reviews have reached outside hitter.

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag including who would play us in a movie.

>> In this week’s Nebraska Postgame Preps show Jacob and Damon speak with Omaha Westside coach Jim Simons about a variety of topics.

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