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.
Nebraska football has a showcase this weekend. The team is eager to prove itself against the No. 5 team in the nation, Ohio State. On the football field Nebraska wants to show that there has been progress made in Year 2 under Scott Frost. The type of publicity on the way for Nebraska can help recruiting.
All week the coaching staff has talked about the positives of ESPN sending College GameDay to Lincoln.
“Well I think that’s really good that in Year 2 here, we are able to get College GameDay on our campus,” running backs coach Ryan Held said. “Obviously, we have a lot of recruits coming in this weekend. They can see the type of atmosphere that can have from a football perspective. It’s a lot of free marketing for us. Everybody can see that with GameDay being here and with the recruits they can see how awesome and crazy our fans are. At the end of the day, all that is cute and nice but we have to go out and execute during the game.”
Not letting the hoopla surrounding the week affect the players’ focus on the football game is a key. The coaches want recruits on campus to understand there is more to Nebraska football. It's a delicate balance given the excitement this week in Lincoln.
“I think the natural atmosphere that Nebraska football and the environment here brings is going to be 10 times more with College GameDay here,” tight ends coach Sean Beckton explained. “We want those guys to come up here and really understand what we have to offer football wise. Everything else that goes along with it with GameDay being here and the fanfare is just a bonus.
“Our job is to focus on showing Nebraska football, what we do academically, football wise and the culture we are building here. We are not going to pay a whole bunch of attention to that. I know the recruits probably will. Our focus is showing those guys what Nebraska football is all about to lure those guys here.”
The Huskers will host seven official visitors from the South this weekend. Beckton is well-regarded in the South so he is involved with just about every recruit from the region. Do the Huskers have specific selling points for those prospects?
“Yes we do,” Beckton said. “We are looking at right now as a young staff up here trying to build Nebraska football back to what it used to be, having an opportunity to play as an early enrollee or early prospect. You can give us activity on the football field early. A lot of those kids are being recruited by ACC and SEC teams. A lot of those guys like Quinton Newsome last year, he had a lot going from the South. He saw the opportunity to come in and play early. That’s a selling point.”
Nebraska doesn’t tell players that they will play early. They do tell prospects they will get an opportunity because they have a team still under construction. They are trying to build things the way Frost wants to build it.
The Huskers played five true freshmen in more than four games in 2018. A handful of others got some time on the field, but maintained their redshirt. This season Wan’Dale Robinson, Garrett Nelson and Quinton Newsome will not redshirt. We have seen a few others work into action but there is a lot of season left.
The Huskers have a lot to sell the 11 official visitors this weekend. It will all be on full display on a big stage the program craves.
> > Henry Gray, Nebraska’s top-rated defensive recruit, wants the world to know he is locked in with the Huskers.
My recruitment is 1000% shut down I will be signing with the University of Nebraska #GBR🌽💯
— Astro Boy💙💫 (@_HG2X) September 25, 2019
>> Chris Townsel, a Florida defensive back that had interst in the Huskers, has committed to South Florida.
— Christopher Townsel (@christownsel_) September 25, 2019
>> Rodney Groce, one of those Southern official visitors this weekend, is all set for his visit. He is rated as the No. 2 inside linebacker in the state of Alabama.
— Rodney Groce Jr 🐶™️ (@rodneygroce_) September 25, 2019
>> Offensive lineman Chandler Durham will also take an official visit to Lincoln this weekend. He released his midseason highlights.
>> Jacob Padilla has you covered with notes and observations (Premium) from Nebraska basketball’s first practice.
>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag including when the last time was that Nebraska had a week this big.
>> Take a look at our photo gallery from the first Husker basketball practice.
>> Coming to Lincoln this weekend? Here’s a handy guide of what to eat, drink and do in Lincoln.
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.