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.
There is typically a lot of talk about the impact that players who are able to enroll in January can make on a football team. The growing trend has given another avenue to freshman hoping to see the field right away. What about the rest of the players that arrive in the summer?
Back in December, Scott Frost was asked about Nebraska’s early enrollees and if that gives them a head start toward seeing the field in the fall. His answer also gives a glimpse into how early enrollees and summer enrollees can contribute.
“I’ve seen it work both ways. Guys [don’t] get here until summer or get to school until summer and still contribute greatly their freshman year,” Frost said. “It does help to get that spring ball under your belt. I think it gets you a little more familiar with the scheme, it gets you comfortable with the team and maybe most importantly it gets you used to going to college and having to deal with a college lifestyle.
“I hope we have players that are here early that help us next year. I hope we have players that aren’t coming until next summer that help us next year. I’m excited about this class, and I think this group is going to be mature enough and ready enough to come in and compete.”
There will be players at multiple positions arriving this summer who will be expected contribute in the fall. The Huskers do have some tools at their disposal to get those guys ready to hit the ground running when they arrive in Lincoln. Since they are signed student-athletes, Nebraska is able to give them nutrition and workout plans to follow. In addition, incoming players get film to study of Nebraska plays and get Husker coaches feedback on things they can work on based on their Hudl film.
So, while there is no substitute for being here for spring practice, there are ways for incoming players to get up to speed as best they can. We will see this fall how many of them were ready for the challenge.
>> We can add another visitor to the spring game. Jamar Sekona, a 4-star defensive lineman from California, tweeted that he will be in attendance.
I’ll be Visiting Nebraska for Their Spring Game‼️can’t wait! 🌴🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Gd72L5BqHv
— Jamar Sekona (@JamarSekona) March 23, 2019
>> Brandon Frazier, a 3-star TE from Texas, has included the Huskers in his top 8.
— Brandon Frazier (@BKFraz) March 23, 2019
>> Alaka’I Gilman, a 3-star defensive back from Hawaii, has been feeling the love from Nebraska since defensive line coach Tony Tuioti came to town.
— Alaka'i ™ (@alakaigilman) March 24, 2019
>> Spring practice resumes on Monday and the Huskers will get a visit from 4-star WR Muhsin Muhammad this week. I caught up with him to get his thoughts ahead of the visit.
>> Luke McCaffrey is right where he needs to be at Nebraska, writes Derek Peterson.
>> Nebraska is looking to carry its confidence over to tonight’s game against TCU in Jacob Padilla’s preview.
>> The latest ‘love or hate’ is here from Derek Peterson. What’s not to love about #NebraskaStrong?
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.