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Nebraska Recruiting: How Transfers Factor Into Huskers’ 2022 Rankings

January 17, 2022

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.


The questions never stop in the recruiting world. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something to talk about so we have been taking reader and listener suggestions on questions. I then answer the questions in a quick video. A combination of this week’s question has come up quite a bit during this offseason. People want to know how to include the transfer additions by Nebraska in the recruiting rankings. There is a lot here so let’s dive in.

This is a huge topic. The Huskers’ traditional 2022 recruiting class isn’t highly-ranked. The Huskers had landed top 25 classes each cycle under coach Scott Frost. This year was a departure from that. We knew that it would be tough for Nebraska to land a top class this year. The class was always going to be smaller. The team was unsure of how many players would return for a bonus year of eligibility. Small classes aren’t going to be rated high unless your class is made up of all high four-stars and some five-stars.

The class is also not highly-rated because the Huskers don’t have much star power in the class. There are players to like in the group but almost everyone is a 3-star prospect which keeps the rating low. Nebraska turned to the transfer portal to plug holes in the team this offseason. Those players were going to offer the Huskers a better chance to contribute and help the team win in 2022.

There are now nine scholarship transfers in the class. How are people supposed to factor that into the class rankings?

This is tricky. The portal exploded so quickly as a way for programs to rebuild or add talent. The recruiting services didn’t quite keep pace with being able to evaluate the impact of transfers. There are transfer rankings out there but what are those based on. It can be faulty to based them purely off high school rankings and thinking that still applies. It’s also not apples to apples to rank based on college production. Kenneth Walker III had 579 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2020 at Wake Forest. No one saw it coming that he could put up 1,636 yards and 18 touchdowns.

It’s even harder to rank players in the portal. Fit is so important. It can also be difficult to project a player like Samori Touré coming to Nebraska from Montana. You never know how players handle the jump in competition. Not everyone transitions seamlessly like Touré did.

There will be more focus in the industry moving forward on fining tuning how to rank transfers. The portal is here to stay so the ranking part will get figured out.

You have to factor in transfers when thinking about the Huskers’ recruiting efforts. It’s been a huge part of the strategy of building Nebraska football for next season. There are valid reasons to be concerned about how traditional recruiting went this cycle. There is also room for optimism about the executed plan to bring in transfers. We’ll know quickly this season if the transfer additions were the correct ones.

We just don’t have a great handle on how to factor it into the Huskers’ 2022 class ranking.

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