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.
The Huskers will return home this weekend for matchup with Northwestern under the lights. Night games are special for Nebraska. It gives the Huskers the opportunity to show off the atmosphere at Memorial Stadium in full force. The Huskers biggest selling point when pitching recruits is the game day atmosphere, which means Nebraska would load up the visitor list in a normal year.
This isn’t a normal year. The Huskers have said this will be a small recruiting class. Coach Scott Frost said it again during Monday’s press conference. He got asked about the opportunity to host more visitors this weekend. He acknowledged that because of the small class it’s going to change the way visit weekends look.
“We won’t have as many visitors all year as we normally do, but we’re going to have some young kids, some ’23s and some other people that are going to be important to us,” Frost said. “We need to put on a show for them.”
Seeing what Nebraska does with the remaining five or so spots for the 2022 class will be interesting. It doesn’t sound like we should expect any big visit weekends. That’s subject to change. The Huskers don’t need to host big visit weekends with so few spots remaining for the 2022 class. There is a problem with that. Not hosting as many visitors as possible signals to some that things are not going well on the trail.
The Huskers are also evaluating senior film to see if any late-risers are out there. It wouldn’t be surprising to see more 2022 offers go out. The team doesn’t have an offensive lineman or defensive back committed in this class. Those are two position groups to watch with new offers through the back half of the season.
As Frost said, there are future prospects that will be in town for games the rest of the season. Expect 2023 Louisiana quarterback Reese Mooney to be in Lincoln for the Northwestern game. Texas priority 2024 quarterback Dylan Raiola also plans to be in Lincoln for a game soon. You’ll likely see an uptick in offered future prospects coming to campus. That will be a welcome sight for Husker fans.
Nebraska recruiting is in an interesting place. The lack of momentum this season is tied to on-field performance. It’s also affected by not needing as many players for this current cycle. There is plenty of time for activity to pick up. The Huskers might be banking on a late push of activity on the field and recruiting trail.
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Much Love. Thank you!! 🤟 pic.twitter.com/5wJQEjteEf
— liona lefau (@LefauLiona) September 28, 2021
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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.