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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers’ Ability to Get Players Ready Still an Important Pitch

March 23, 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.


There are many pitches that schools can deploy on the recruiting trail. How many different strong pitches a program has to use is important. Every prospect is looking for the same thing. Players have a wide range of reasons for selecting their future schools.

Fan support, academics, ability to play for championships all rotate among reasons to pick a school. Still, no matter what skill level a recruit is, the ability for a program to get him ready for the NFL is always at the top. So many kids have dreams to play at the highest level of professional football.

Ahead of Nebraska’s Pro Day, we got a chance to meet with the players who will be participating in the event. Colorado native Jack Stoll was one of the players who spoke. He was asked if it was important that the school he picked out of high school could get him ready for the NFL.

“Absolutely, it was. A big reason why I came to Nebraska was the pro style system under Coach Riley and Coach Langsdorf,” Stoll said. “Obviously, I’m throw a curveball two years later as Coach Frost comes in with a whole new offense. Initially, I didn’t know what to think of it. To me, I’m extremely grateful because I think that both offenses and coaching staffs got me ready for the next level. It shows my versatility.

“In Coach Riley’s offense I was blocking in-line more and it’s a pro style system. In coach Frost’s offense I’m able to spread out more. I blocked more on the perimeter and ran routes from the slot. It just really expanded my game. It forced me to become a lot better football player and be more versatile. I’m really grateful for both staffs and the unique combination really helped prepare me for the next level.”

That was really an interesting breakdown from Stoll. He gave a unique perspective that I didn’t consider. It is not a pitch that Nebraska can use but it does help the players currently trying to make it to the NFL. Versatility is the name of the game. It is now a positive that these guys played under many coaches with vastly different schemes. Players like Stoll and Dicaprio Bootle can point to their resilience for NFL scouts.

As his tenure at Nebraska continues, Frost will need to develop his own pipeline of players to the NFL. Soon players Frost recruited out of high school will be draft eligible. As Stoll highlights, there are positives to what the older players in the program have gone through in recent years.

Recruit Watch

>> Massachusetts offensive lineman Sullivan Weidman made his way to Lincoln today for a self-guided tour.

>> Husker quarterback target Alex Orji was offered by Michigan on Tuesday.

>> Offensive line target Dayne Shor has locked in an official visit with Alabama.

ICYMI

>> The latest episode of the Straight Up Breakdown podcast is here to discuss the future of the show, the wild NCAA tournament and more.

>> Check out how the former Huskers performed at Nebraska’s Pro Day.

>> Jacob Padilla is taking a look at basketball player reviews (Premium) starting with the guards.

>> Nebraska volleyball is getting ready to face off against Michigan as the season comes to an end.

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