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Each recruiting class is unique in how they build a bond. Last cycle, the group chat was a way for Nebraska’s recruiting class to get closer. That group chat with the guys for 2019 served as a way to share jokes, workouts and words of encouragement. Remember the time Garrett Nelson went to Denver to cheer on future teammates? Luke McCaffrey and Michael Lynn squared off in the state championship game with Nelson in attendance. The 2019 class was very close.
Group chats are great but what about the bonding that happens in person? There is no substitute for being able to hang out with your future teammates. The 2019 group had the game against Colorado to bond. Four commits took official visits and a few visited unofficially. Eventual commits Chris Hickman and Javin Wright also took official visits to that game. Hickman joined the class that day.
This year, the bulk of the class was in Lincoln for the Ohio State game. Two—offensive tackle Turner Corcoran and quarterback Logan Smothers—took official visits. Zavier Betts, Nash Hutmacher, Blaise Gunnerson, Sevion Morrison and Alex Conn all came to Lincoln on unofficial visits. Class of 2021 commit RJ Sorensen was also in town. The result did not go as hoped but the guys enjoyed they time together.
“It was great [being back around the commits],” Corcoran told Hail Varsity. “[It] felt good to be around the rest of my class. We get along great. It was real good to see Logan [Smothers] again.”
Having your potential future left tackle excited to be around his future quarterback is a positive right? In talking with Smothers, he said there is no doubt this weekend helped the class get closer.
“I’m ready to be back up [in Lincoln] again, “Smothers said on Tuesday. “But yeah, I had a great time getting to see all the guys and to meet some new ones. I was in awe of the atmosphere. Me and Jackson [Bratton] both were amazed at that. And it’s always great getting to spend time with Coach [Scott] Frost and Verdu [quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco]. I loved getting to spend some time with them [the commits] and get to know them more. It was very special.”
Offensive line commit Alex Conn said it was great being back in Lincoln with his future teammates. He and his family had a great time while back in his future home. Nash Hutmacher said that he thinks the class “for sure” built a better bond over the weekend and that it’s always great being around the guys. Outside linebacker commit Blaise Gunnerson echoed the same message.
“It was great to meet a lot of the commits,” Gunnerson said. “I got along really well with those guys.”
Running back commit Sevion Morrison said that he had a great time being back in Lincoln despite the loss. Because win or lose, he’s coming to Lincoln to help make a difference on the team. Morrison also enjoyed being with his future teammates including Smothers. He got the chance to meet the quarterback for the first time.
“It was real good hanging with those guys,” Morrison said. “I like how we are getting comfortable with each other early.”
Comfortable is a great word for how I’d describe how this group is feeling with each other. That makes a difference when you are building a culture to turn a football program around. Frost and his staff have to like what is brewing with this group.
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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.