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.
National Signing Day looks a lot different these days than it used to look. Until recently this was a national holiday for college football fans. They’d eagerly await the fax machines to be fired up in anticipation of which new players would be joining their favorite team. The early signing period has taken a lot of the excitement from this day in the short time it has been around.
This year has been much different. The transfer additions to the program for the Huskers have given this year a different feel. Nebraska added 10 scholarship transfers to the team this offseason. There are 17 total mid-year enrollees that have come aboard which is a school record. Still there were some signing day fireworks for the program.
The day started off well when 3-star Louisiana running back Ajay Allen announced that he’s signing with Nebraska. He was previously committed to TCU. That’s where current Nebraska running backs coach Bryan Applewhite was before. Coach Scott Frost mentioned how Allen came on his radar during his press conference.
“Ajay Allen is kind of interesting because we were shopping for one more running back, another freshman at the position,” Frost said. “I didn’t know anything about him until I started interviewing running back coaches. Coach Applewhite mentioned him to me. When I put on his tape, he was one of my favorite guys that I watched all year. There’s a lot of backs that can that can do some things. I think he’s a guy that can potentially do everything that we need a running back to do. I’m really impressed with his quickness and ability to make somebody miss in short space. He’s somebody that kind of popped up onto my radar late but I’m really glad we got him.”
Allen wasn’t the only player that the Huskers flipped on Wednesday. The Huskers got a signature from former Georgia Tech commit Janiran Bonner. The 4-star wide receiver from Georgia will sign with the Huskers after taking a secret official visit to Nebraska last weekend.
“Janiran Bonner is a guy we got on late. He was kind of looking around after the early signing period,” Frost said. “He’s one of the guys you put on his tape and it takes about two plays to realize his athletic ability. Mickey [Joseph] did a really good job with him. Coach Beck [tight ends coach Sean Beckton] did a really good job with him. I went down and saw him the last week of recruiting. Really impressed by his talent but also the type of kid that he is. He had a great team around him and we’re excited to add him. I think he can be a big play guy for us down the road.”
We didn’t think we’d get that much activity for the Huskers on National Signing Day. It turns out the Huskers had a couple aces up their sleeve for the day. Now the work begins to put the puzzle pieces together. The team has a lot of new faces that need to get up to speed during winter conditioning and spring football.
>> Janiran Bonner released the photos from his official visit to Lincoln.
— Janiran Bonner (@JaniranB13) February 2, 2022
>> Lincoln East record-setting quarterback Noah Walters is heading to North Alabama.
— North Alabama Football (@UNAFootball) February 2, 2022
>> Iowa 2023 defensive lineman Andrew Depepae committed to Michigan State after a trip to East Lansing.
Excited to announce my commitment to Michigan State University!
Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way! I am thankful for my trainers @TheStrengthU @pvstrength and all the other coaches who gave me an opportunity to play at their programs! It’s time to chop🪓🪓🪓 pic.twitter.com/tXjoN95CtG
— Andrew Depaepe 4⭐️DE (@AndrewDepaepe2) February 2, 2022
>> Steve Marik has the news and notes from Scott Frost’s National Signing Day press conference.
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>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to discuss a major volleyball addition, Bryce McGowens’ future and more in this week’s mailbag.
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.