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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Gain More Than Single Commitment With Latest Pledge

October 14, 2021

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.


Something happened yesterday for the Huskers that had not happened since July.

The Huskers got a commitment for the 2022 recruiting class. News has been hard to come by for the current cycle. That has made this season more interesting than normal on the recruiting trail. Fans get more excited to hear about the current class than future ones. Even though the Huskers are doing good work with the 2023 and 2024 class. There are plenty of reasons why landing athlete Gage Stenger was big for the program. Not all are because it broke a long dry spell for the class.

Nebraska flipped a Power Five player from a (former) rival. He also attends high school in the Omaha Metro, starring for Millard South. That’s something fans have been clamoring for. I’m asked every week about recruiting in Omaha. The top four players in the Metro turning down Nebraska has caused a lot of soul searching. It should be cause for evaluation from the program. Figuring out how to keep the top talent in the state home playing for the Huskers should be a priority for coach Scott Frost.

We also need to recognize that Nebraska did a good thing yesterday in flipping Stenger.

It feels like it’s been a quiet development. The Huskers have landed quite a few in-state players over the last two cycles. Yes, Nebraska missed on Keagan Johnson and Avante Dickerson in the 2021 class. Teddy Prochazka, Heinrich Haarberg, James Carnie, Koby Bretz and AJ Rollins joined Nebraska. Of the nine players in the 2022 class three of them are now from Nebraska. Ernest Hausmann, Jake Appleget and now Stenger have given verbal commitments to Nebraska. Don’t look now but the 2023 class is off to a good start too. Ben Brahmer and Gunnar Gottula are already in the class. Teitum Tuioti, Maverick Noonan and Malachi Coleman all hold offers from the team too.

The commitment is another example why the ‘JoJo nickel’ position is important. It’s beneficial to Nebraska’s defense to have a position like that. It’s always helpful when recruits can see players like them excel on the field. It also seems like the state of Nebraska produces a couple plays like this yearly. Isaac Gifford was the latest one before Stenger. Gifford came to Nebraska in the 2020 recruiting class.

It’s a unique pitch that Nebraska has going with that spot. There is also an on-field benefit with that nickel position. Nebraska being able to find ways to get athletic “tweeners” on the field helps the versatility of the unit.

There’s a lot to like about the latest commitment for Nebraska. Hail Varsity spoke with coach Andy Means at Millard South on Wednesday. After the news broke he detailed more about Stenger as a player. The benefits of this latest commitment go deeper than adding another member to the 2022 recruiting class.

Recruit Watch

>> Jaiyden Doss, a 2023 wide receiver from Missouri, has a nice offer list going.

>> Check out the game day edit the Huskers did for commit Gunnar Gottula.

ICYMI

>> Scott Frost talked about Minnesota, team leadership and strong corner play from Cam Taylor-Britt and Quinton Newsome on Thursday.

>> The I-80 Preview podcast is back to discuss Gopher control.

>> No. 9 Nebraska breezed by Indiana on Wednesday. Check out our gallery from the sweep.

>> Tom’s Time is taking a look at when Turman’s time arrived against Oklahoma State in 1994.

>> Norris avenged its only Class B loss with a four-set win at Elkhorn North.

>> Red clinched Nebraska baseball’s Red-White series on Wednesday evening.

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