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.
We are just one month away from Nebraska being able to receive letters of intent from the class of 2021. Things have been quiet on the recruiting front for the current cycle. That’s in large part due to the fact that the Huskers are mostly done with recruiting this class. There are just a few key spots left to fill.
Because of that, the Nebraska staff has been focused on building relationships with the 2022 recruiting class for a while now. They don’t have the ability to bring them in for games this season due to the extended NCAA-mandated dead period. Tight ends coach Sean Beckton spoke on Tuesday about the team’s plans on how to introduce them to Husker football.
“We’ve already made the adjustments, doing more recruiting as far as Zoom,” Beckton said. “Bringing Nebraska football into homes. Our everyday list of things that we do. We’re trying on Sundays, it’s been a really big recruiting day as far as Zoom presentations that we’ve done and we’re trying to spread them all out. Facility tours, campus tours, football, all those different things, like they were here on campus. We’re trying to make the adjustment. The kids are making the adjustment.”
Beckton has a feeling on what will happen with the 2022 class. He thinks you are going to see some of the players starting to choose schools after the first signing period. From there? It could be a snowball effect of players committing. That is exactly how things went in the 2021 class. It’s still unclear when the class of 2022 will be able to visit college campuses again.
Nebraska is turning toward accepting commitments for the 2022 class. Yet, there is a wrinkle to consider. Have schools seen enough to accurately judge how a player has progressed? Coaches were not allowed on the road this season to see players in person. A lot of development can happen during the time for prospects.
“That’s a tricky situation for all of us,” Beckton said. “We’re just trying to evaluate more full game film instead of highlights since we can’t get out. So 2022 kids, we have our guys that we’ve offered and we’re actually going back and looking at some of their of game film throughout the year to see how they progressed.
“If we feel the guys haven’t progress we’re going to put a star by them. A lot of the guys that we’ve looked at we’ve seen those guys really improve from the beginning of the season to the end.”
The guys that Nebraska feel good about will certainly be welcome to join the 2022 class at any point but there could be a large number of prospects that Nebraska will want to take a wait and see approach with. At least until they can be around them in person again. That will become an interesting subplot to early 2022 recruiting around the country.
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— Henry Lutovsky I ⁵⁹ (@Luto_72) November 17, 2020
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— Connor Jones (@77ConnorJones) November 17, 2020
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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.