Nebraska Recruiting: Growing the Walk-on Program
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Nebraska Recruiting: Growing the Walk-on Program

February 15, 2019

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.


Over the first two recruiting cycles with Scott Frost as the coach at Nebraska, over 40 walk-ons have been added to the team. There has always been something special about the walk-on program at Nebraska. It was a staple of Nebraska football during the days of Tom Osborne, even if it was deemphasized or misunderstood by coaches after him. 

Frost has referred to growing the roster this way as one of the “secret sauces” around Lincoln during Nebraska’s hayday, and that’s what he wants to restore. The next step is making the walk-on program even more competitive so that kids are hungry for the opportunity. With that comes finding the “right guy.”

“I want good people, and I want athletic potential,” Frost said. “Some of the guys we have are big and have huge frames and are good athletes. Spencer Long is just a great example of what we’re looking for. He’s a guy that was a tight end. I don’t think he ran quite well enough to be an NFL tight end, but he had a huge frame and a really good athlete. A guy in this program got in strength conditioning and ends up being a great player in the NFL. Not every guy has to be an O or D-Lineman, but I certainly think there’s a lot of those running around the Midwest and Nebraska, certainly looking for other positions, too.

“If guys are going to play here, it’s going to get harder and harder to play here and they better have some really good athleticism about them and better have a high upside. If they do, we’ll get them in the weight room, with the right attitude and they’ll hit the field.”

Over the coming years it will be fun to track the recent groups of walk-ons brought into the program. The potential is there for more success stories like Long’s, which would be ideal as the Huskers hope to get back to competing for championships. 

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