Nebraska Recruiting: How Big of a Deal Is an Early Kickoff?
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Nebraska Recruiting: How Big of a Deal Is an Early Kickoff?

November 13, 2018

This is the big one. The Michigan State weekend has been planned as a big recruiting weekend for Nebraska.

The staff has worked hard behind the scenes to line up a number of key official visitors for this weekend. Given that junior college seasons are done this weekend, it was pegged to be a monster weekend to host prep and junior college prospects. 

There is just one problem with tat. The game was picked for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff. That doesn’t completely derail the plans, but it will make things a little trickier. Coach Scott Frost noted the impact on the kickoff time during Monday’s press conference.

“Well, we win more games, we’ll be in better time slots right?” Frost said. “It’s tough getting kids here from out of state when you play at 11 in the morning. Selfishly, I like 11 in the morning, I can get home and have dinner and see my son, but from a recruiting standpoint, we’re going to be able to get most of the guys in this week. There’s a couple I think that’ll probably show up after the game’s started.”

It remains to be seen just how many of the planned visitors end up not being able to make the trip because of the kick time. If both the team and the prospects are OK getting to Lincoln fairly close to kickoff then the staff will get most if not all of the planned visitors to Lincoln. Some things would still need to be juggled but the most important thing is getting the guys to Lincoln. They can then change the typical structure for those visits. 

I don’t think it would be crippling to the 2019 class if everyone isn’t able to make it this weekend. This staff has shown an ability to recruit out of season and this will be their second offseason recruiting at Nebraska which should bring even better results. 

However, It would be a nice bonus for Nebraska to get a player like 4-star DE/OLB Lloyd Summerall from Lakeland, Florida, in for a game versus a post-season visit. 

Recruit Watch

>> Quin Bright, a 2020 3-star WR from Cedar Hill, Texas, is a playmaker to watch. He’s trimmed his list down some and the Huskers are included. 

https://twitter.com/QuinBright/status/1062051690147405825

>> Huskers running back commit Dedrick Mills was named first team all-conference. The honor was well deserved as he’s rushed for 1,358 yards and 19 touchdowns this season.

>> Being a 6-foot-4, 215-pound edge-rusher will get you some college attention, even as a sophomore. Travion Ford, a 2021 defensive end, told Hail Varsity that he will be taking an unofficial visit to Lincoln for the Michigan State game. Ford already holds offers from Kentucky, Tennessee and LSU. 

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9428445/5baa1eacd4684b14fc1b8c2b

ICYMI

>> Derek Peterson says Devine Ozigbo is one of the Big Ten’s best backs and it’s up to you to change his mind.

>> Get a look at how the latest issue of Hail Varsity Magazine came together.

>> I had a chance to catch up with 4-star DE Ty Robinson to preview his big official visit to Lincoln. (Premium)

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