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.
Things are evolving in college football. We have seen that in many ways in the sport in recent years. When coach Scott Frost arrived in Lincoln for the 2018 season it would have been crazy to think that the team would add 10 transfers after the 2021 season. Roster management and team building have changed in a short amount of time.
Keeping track of your roster, scholarship numbers and needs gets harder by the year. The Huskers have embraced the portal during this offseason. It’s natural to wonder how Frost feels about the overall numbers heading into spring football. He was asked about this during his press conference on National Signing Day.
“We’re always going to be looking,” Frost said. “I think there’s going to be waves of people getting into the transfer portal and waves of people that are eligible to come to schools. We’re always going to try to keep a few in our back pocket in this day and age and try to figure out if there’s somebody else that we can add to help the football team. It’s such a moving target now with the numbers and kids jumping in and out of the portal.
“We actually get extra spots back and extra initials back when we have kids from our school enter the portal which means we could sign a lot of kids as long as there’s room under the 85. There’s a lot of things to track right now. We’ll keep our eye out and see if there’s anybody that we can add after this semester.”
It’s one of the hardest things to track but the Huskers getting spots back from early departures is huge. That will give the team extra wiggle room moving forward. The program is over on scholarships right now. The Big Ten rule is that you have to be at 85 scholarships by August. There is no rush for the Huskers to trim things down. It will naturally work itself out once spring football is completed.
Frost has been clear that the team will always look to add talent no matter the position. Still, the Huskers do have needs as spring ball approaches. As Frost noted last week, the team could stand to add a couple “big guys.” The numbers are down on the defensive line and the recent departures are the cause. There have been several hints from behind the scenes that Nebraska will play more even front versus odd. Frost mentioned that shift last week too. That would also alter the needs along the defensive line.
On the offensive line, the Huskers still need a body or two to complete for playing time. We will know more about those needs after spring. The health of Teddy Prochazka and Turner Corcoran will also play a role.
Navigating the numbers game in college football has always been difficult. Add in the transfer portal and it is even more difficult than ever. Staying nimble and having patience are a must.
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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.