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.
It has been one month since Nebraska last got a public commitment for the 2021 recruiting class. That’s when New Jersey linebacker Mikai Gbayor joined the recruiting class. The defender was part of a big run that the Huskers went on. The team was averaging about a commitment per week over a two-month span. That momentum has ground to a halt currently for the Huskers.
Things are slow right now. There is no denying that. Is there cause for concern though? No, there isn’t. There are a couple things to keep in mind.
First, the Huskers are almost done with the 2021 recruiting class. There are currently 18 members of the class. I still think the team only takes five more recruits this cycle. So the light at the end of the tunnel for this cycle is in sight.
There is another piece of the puzzle though. Nebraska is working on landing commitments from players from out of the region. That’s especially difficult for the team this cycle given the lack of official visits. Those trips are crucial in getting prospects to choose Nebraska.
Coach Frost laid this out well on Sports Nightly last week.
“We’re typically as far away from our average scholarship student-athlete as anybody in the country,” Frost said. “We have to go all over to get them. We do really well when kids get to Lincoln and see what it’s all about and get to come here and experience it. It’s hard to recruit out of state when kids never have an opportunity to come see campus or come see our facilities and visit with us in person.”
Perhaps things will stay quiet for a few weeks until Nebraska starts its 2020 season. There is a chance Nebraska could get good news on Wednesday, Oct. 14. That is when defensive end Ru’Quan Buckley makes his college announcement. The team hopes to end the class with some strong defensive additions.
Either way, the Huskers are playing the waiting game as the team tries to finish off the cycle strong.
>> Husker defensive line target Ru’Quan Buckley released a top 11 schools list and Nebraska made the cut.
— Ru'Quan Buckley (@Darealruquan) October 3, 2020
>> Quinton Conley, a 2022 wide receiver target from Kansas City, released new highlights over the weekend.
Check out my highlight – https://t.co/xRLOAlkpiB
— Quinton Conley (@quinton_conley) October 4, 2020
>> The Huskers are among the many options on 2022 QB Ty Simpson’s impressive offer list.
— Ty Simpson (@tysimpson510151) October 4, 2020
>> Lincoln Southeast inside linebacker Jake Appleget is a 2022 prospect working his way onto Nebraska’s radar. (Premium)
>> The Husker seniors are focused on the here and now. Hypotheticals will wait for later, writes Derek Peterson.
>> Erin Sorensen explores the topic of the Huskers bringing their own juice to games without fans this fall.
>> Future Husker Maisie Boesiger is driven by a strong work ethic, writes Jacob Padilla. (Premium)
>> Kearney Catholic’s defense starred in the second half of the team’s 38-14 win on Friday night.
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.