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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Getting Back to Basics on and off the Field This Spring

March 20, 2022

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.

Time flies when football is involved. We have already reached a turning point in spring football for the Huskers.

The team got two weeks of practice in before taking a week-long hiatus for spring break. Nebraska will get back to it the next two weeks before the Red-White Spring Game is held on April 9.

This is a spring of change for the Huskers. The program added 16 new players to the team for spring football. Four new offensive assistants are in the mix. Mike Dawson changed roles on defense and Bill Busch is the full-time special teams coach.

It makes sense that coach Scott Frost aimed to keep things simple at the start of spring football.

“We want to be a little simple this spring,” Frost said. “We didn’t have trouble last year creating big plays or moving the ball at times. It was being consistent at the little things when we needed it. I think if we get good at blocking technique and running with it and throwing it and catching it we can change a rout or a run concept. If we block with good technique, it’s going to work. We’ve got plenty of time to get creative with a lot of smart people. Spring is really going to be about fundamentals and doing the small things well.”

Getting back to basics is the goal on the field. It would appear that Nebraska has a similar goal for its recruiting efforts. There has been an increased emphasis on players in the 500-mile radius. The Huskers have made an effort with offers in Missouri (14), Iowa (8) and Kansas (8). Those offers have been backed up with relationship building. Mickey Joseph, Erik Chinander and Bill Busch have been recruiting those states. Sending that trio out will get the attention of high school coaches and prospects.

Recruiting in Nebraska has been a focus since the staff was reshaped around Frost. It’s fair to criticize the efforts by Frost previously but that has changed. The staff spent a lot of time in Nebraska high schools during the contact period. The effort to repair those relationships has been sincere. Those efforts included attending the Omaha and Lincoln high school coaches clinics.

Getting back to the basics of consistent recruiting efforts has paid off. Building the 2023 recruiting class has gone well so far for the Huskers. Nebraska has five commitments and three are from the state. Landing every in-state player with an offer is a goal this cycle and is realistic. The momentum needs to continue, so what’s next for the Huskers?

There will likely be a few more practice visits for prospects that the Huskers like. The big event coming is the spring game. Nebraska has done great work with its Junior Day events this winter and spring. The spring game will have a large number of unofficial visits to show off Husker Nation. Nebraska will also host official visitors for the 2023 class in hopes of gaining early commitments.

Blocking and tackling on the field. Consistent effort and zoning in on the 500-mile radius off the field. Those are the basic building blocks to having a successful program. Nailing down the basics can help the Huskers make strides as a program.

Recruit Watch

>> Class of 2023 4-star Texas defensive lineman Trey Wilson will be at the spring game.

>> Priority defensive back 2023 target Braeden Marshall will also be in attendance.

>> Nebraska 2023 linebacker target Phil Picciotti was offered by Auburn.


>> Drake’s Takes this week explored women’s basketball, Teddy Allen and final possessions.

>> Nebraska basetball got a point guard transfer when Sam Griesel announced his commitment to the team.

>> Nebraska defensive backs are looking to take the next step toward the NFL at Pro Day.

>> Texas A&M-Corpus Christi routed Nebraska and won the series on Sunday.

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