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’s coaching staff has wasted no time getting on the road this evaluation period. The next six weeks are important for the program. They will visit high school coaches and learn more about prospects around the country. It’s the first time since 2019 that schools have been able to do this because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Huskers do have some reshuffling of the 2023 recruiting class board to do. Bringing in four new offensive coaches and moving Bill Busch to a full-time assistant caused a shakeup. The Huskers also have a new person running the entire recruiting department. Senior director of player personnel and recruiting Vince Guinta will provide fresh eyes on things.
One of the big things we see often during this time is schools offering future prospects. Getting to know prospects is more important than ever. Guinta explained that to reporters recently.
“I think that getting to know the background of the young men and the people that they’ve interacted with before, I think that’s more important than ever,” Guinta said. “Whether there’s people that you talk to or the questions that you ask, it’s part of the evaluation process, too. In the old days, you used to watch a VHS tape and you might be able to offer the kid off that. Then you want to find out more about him after the fact. Now the process is more let’s find out about the young men as we’re going through the process.”
The Huskers have been getting to know players during the evaluation period. Donovan Raiola was in the Detroit area on Monday and made a handful of scholarship offers. Nebraska was the latest to offer 2023 defensive lineman Jalen Thompson (6-3, 245) from Cass Tech. He has over 30 scholarship offers at this point.
The team also offered a pair of teammates in the 2024 class from West Bloomfield High School. Brandon Davis-Swain (6-4, 240) is an early four-star with offers from Iowa, Michigan and Notre Dame. Davis-Swain’s teammate Jamir Benjamin (5-10, 170) also holds double-digit scholarship offers. The Huskers joined Michigan State, Northwestern and Purdue with an offer for him.
The Huskers also hit Arizona this week. That’s offensive coordinator Mark Whipple’s recruiting area. Nebraska made an offer to a familiar name early in the week. Class of 2024 cornerback Jeremiah Newcombe (5-11, 175) was offered by the Huskers. The young athlete has several offers from teams out west already. He’s the son of former Husker Bobby Newcombe.
Nebraska also threw its hat in the ring for 2023 defensive lineman A’mauri Washington. The 4-star defender (6-5, 295) is one of the heavier recruited linemen out west this cycle. He holds offers from Ohio State, USC, Texas A&M, Wisconsin and others. He attends the same high school as 2024 quarterback Dylan Raiola.
— A’mauri Washington (@MauriWashington) April 18, 2022
The Huskers made new offers in the Chicago area too as the team tries to establish as presence there. We are seeing a small shift in where Nebraska recruits based on where new coaches have connections. New offers will continue to go out as the program gets deeper into the spring evaluation period. You’ll likely see these players wind up on campus this fall.
>> The Huskers were out in Scottsbluff on Thursday which is the home of recent offensive line offeree Brock Knutson.
— Scottsbluff High School Bearcat Football (@Bluffs_Football) April 21, 2022
>> Another Big Ten offer came to Malachi Coleman when Michigan extended an offer on Thursday.
— Malachi Coleman (@ChiColeman23) April 21, 2022
>> Check out 2025 defensive lineman Tyson Terry getting work at Warren Academy this week.
— Tyson Terry🦍 (@tyson_terryyy) April 21, 2022
>> A key piece of the Nebraska defensive line has entered the transfer portal.
>> As Jacob Padilla wrote, hard work is paying off for Anni Evans.
>> The bigs are up next in the Nebraska basketball 2021-22 season review series.
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.