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.
We have had a lot of time to analyze what happened with the 2020 recruiting class now that it’s been close to a month since the early signing day. It has seemed like an eternity though as we wait for the recruiting dead period to end.
There was also a question that started during the season that started small at first. It grew louder as the struggles on the field continued. The Huskers were then in the midst of a commitment drought from Oct. 12 through Dec. 11.
“Is the shine coming of this new coaching staff at Nebraska?”
At this point we know what the answer is to that question. The Huskers went on an impressive run adding 10 scholarship players from Dec. 11 through Dec. 18. The 2020 recruiting class finished with a big bang. The team also added more impact walk-ons. Colorado State transfer offensive lineman Nouredin Nouili is in Lincoln this semester, as well as walk-on defender Isaac Gifford. Johnson-Brock wide receiver Ty Hahn is also walking on and will arrive in the summer.
The Huskers have had an impressive start to their 2021 recruiting class. They currently have four good commitments in the class, the latest being 4-star linebacker Randolph Kpai from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Nebraska still have momentum on the recruiting trail.
“It was awesome for me to go around to all those places and have people tell me, ‘Man, Coach, we can see it coming. Man, you’re close. Man, a couple pieces and you guys are there,’” Frost said at his signing day press conference. “That wasn’t us saying those things. That was coaches and players in other places recognizing it when they’re watching games. If we were a few pieces short or just coming up short in some games this year, hopefully we got most of those pieces in this class.
“It’s important that if we want the program everyone here wants that we keep stacking recruiting classes like this and making sure we have talent and depth at every position.”
I think we will see another sign of the momentum Nebraska has over the rest of this month. The team will host many Junior Days so they will have more opportunities to get top targets back on campus. It feels like the 2021 recruiting class is the first time we can say Nebraska is caught up on recruiting. Still, there will be new names getting their first impressions of Nebraska in person too.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the Huskers weren’t finished adding 2021 commitments this month. Things are lining up well for the program with recruiting. The staff continues to build strong relationships. That will be an even bigger asset if the wins roll in next season.
>> California 2021 defensive end Derek Wilkins announced that he will be at Nebraska’s Junior Day next weekend.
— D🚂 (@derekwilkinss) January 12, 2020
>> Nebraska signee Nash Hutmacher continues to dominate the wrestling mat. He got his 51st straight pin this weekend.
— Taylor Budge (@Taylor_Budge) January 11, 2020
>> Romello Brinson, a 2021 4-star wide receiver from Miami, has the Huskers in impressive top 10.
— ᴿ¹ᴮ (@GodChildM3_) January 10, 2020
>> Nebraska women’s basketball has gotten contributions (Premium) all around but the Cain-Verbeek pair is working wonders, writes Derek Peterson.
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.