Nebraska Recruiting: Recapping a Busy Week for the Huskers
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Nebraska Recruiting: Husker Commits Rallying Behind Coaches During Tough Times

September 29, 2021

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.


Recruiting results under coach Scott Frost have typically been consistent. During his time at Nebraska the program has finished 23, 17, 20 and 20 nationally in his cycles here. The Huskers have finished fourth in the Big Ten three times and fifth once. This cycle is not trending that way.

There are challenges that exist for Nebraska with recruiting the 2022 cycle. The results haven’t been what Frost hoped for on the field. That is certainly having an impact on the recruits that are interested in the program. The Huskers are also taking a very small recruiting class the year. There are so few spots because of the COVID eligibility freeze. How many players on the team have redshirted also plays a role.

When the results haven’t been what the team wants it can become difficult to keep a class together. Tight ends coach Sean Beckton is heavily involved with Nebraska’s recruiting. He recognizes the challenges. Beckton highlighted some positives he sees on the recruiting trail.

“That’s always tough,” Beckton said. “We have guys that we have committed right now, guys that I’ve recruited actively. I communicate with them every week just to make sure they stay engaged. For the most part, those guys have been encouraging us because they can see where we are. They know where we have come from.”

Beckton believes that the Nebraska commits can see where Nebraska has improved as a team. There is clear defensive improvement with that performance last week. Beckton says you can see some improvements on special teams. There are a bunch of improvements on offense if you look at the stats. The team is just not getting results to finish games and win. Beckton like all the Husker coaches believes those results will come. The recruits see the progress and want to be in Lincoln because of that.

“More or less they are comforting us because they know how hard we work,” Beckton said. “How much we care about the program and care about the kids. The tight ends they see those guys working.

“I’ve gotten calls from kids that I’m not recruiting anymore that’s committed somewhere else. From fathers and kids saying keep it up, we see the progress. Your group is working extremely hard. So that means a lot for me as a coach. That means I’m doing the right thing.”

The Huskers are a better football team than they were a year or two ago. There are recruits recognizing that. Particularly the ones that have already given a verbal pledge to the program. That’s a good sign for a program still hoping to catch a wave of momentum on the field.

Recruit Watch

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>> Watts McBride, a 2023 Iowa athlete with a Husker offer, posted his midseason highlights.

>> Cannon Leonard, a 2023 lineman from Illinois, is set to visit the Huskers this weekend.

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>> As Steve Marik wrote, Garrett Nelson is the ultimate football guy (Premium) and he keeps improving.

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>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer questions in the mailbag including discussing the special team elephant in the room.

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