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 dead period is coming to an end on June 1. That’s very welcome news for prospects in the 2022 class who are eager to get out on the road and visit schools. They’ve made due with Zoom and virtual visits. They have even taken self-guided visits and attend open practices.
Soon they will be able to visit college campuses and meet with coaches plus enter athletic facilities. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander spoke Wednesday about the importance of getting eyes on prospects in person.
“I think that’s going to be big. There’s a big trust factor right now, obviously,” Chinander said. “High school coaches trusting us and us trusting high school coaches. It’s important to see, is a guy really 6-foot-5 or is he going to walk in here and be 6-foot-1. But also, just trying to find out what that guy is all about. Can you do it over the phone and Zoom? To some degree, but I don’t know if you’ll ever really figure out what somebody is all about until you shake their hand, put your eyes on them and get a chance to talk to the person.
“I think it’s really important for us to get guys on campus. Not only that, but the best thing that Nebraska has to offer is the University of Nebraska and the city of Lincoln. So in order for us to get guys here and showing what this place is all about, that’s only going to help up the ante in recruiting.”
Once June hits, the floodgates are expected to be wide open with visits. You can see the groundwork for that being laid for the last few weeks. The Huskers have several priority targets lined up for June official visits with more to come. That will end up being a slight departure from how they have operated previously under Frost.
The Huskers will end up hosting well over 10 official visitors during June by the time the month is over. During Frost’s first full recruiting class the team did not host any summer official visitors. In the 2020 class the team hosted 10 players during June. I expect this cycle this year to be closer to 20 official visits scheduled.
The reason the Huskers are generally selective with early official visits is that the ultimate weapon for them is game day visits in the fall. That’s what separates Nebraska from almost every school in the country. But players haven’t visited schools in so long. They are itching to see places before potentially committing this summer to end the recruiting process.
We’ll see if this tweak to the strategy pays off for the Huskers and jump starts their 2022 class this summer. I think the Huskers are betting that gamble pays off.
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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.