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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Have Challenge in Accomplishing Goals During Contact Period

November 29, 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.


The questions never stop in the recruiting world. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something to talk about so we have been taking reader and listener suggestions on questions. I then answer the questions in a quick video.

This week’s question has come from a wide range of people. We are into the offseason now and the recruiting contact period has opened up. What are the Huskers hoping to accomplish on the recruiting trail this week?

There is a pretty big elephant in the room when it comes to answering this question. It’s really hanging over everything until it’s resolved. Coach Scott Frost is hiring four new offensive assistants. Once those hires are made it could change the course of everything we talk about. It could also add many more questions and things to analyze about the new hires. So priority one for the program right now is hiring those assistants. Once at least one of those assistants is in place, we will see them go out on the road quickly. That will give us some ideas on if those coaches are targeting new prospects that the Huskers were not in on before.

For right now, the Huskers are keep things tightly under wraps on who is being visited by coaches. We do know that the team has sent assistant coaches to visit commits. It’s important to touch base with the players committed to the team. Especially since there is so much turmoil in the program right now coming off a 3-9 season. It’s been since January 2020 since in-home visits were allowed. Remember that a school only gets to visit a prospect once per week.

Another priority for this week is evaluating portal options. The Huskers’ main strategy has shifted. Infusing talent into the team this offseason is likely from the transfer portal.

“You got to take the best guys available. I don’t really want to talk about that and do that to the guys currently on our team,” Frost said. “But I think we’re a couple pieces away from getting over the hump and winning all these games. So we’ll do our best to take the young core that we have, and a lot of really good young players, and try to add to it as best we can through high school recruiting and other ways.”

The Huskers have so much up in the air right now. It will be difficult to manage what the realistic goals are right now. Sure, the team can offer scholarships to portal players but if they are on offense, who is coaching them? What type of offense will the be pitched during recruiting? Because of that it makes me wonder if the Huskers won’t try to preach patience to potential recruits for now. Frost could tell them it’s a good idea to keep building the relationship while the dust settles.

The biggest reason that might be a viable option is because there is so much coaching turnover. Odds are that at least one other school recruiting these players are also going through coach changes. There are so many players entering the portal right now. Coaching changes are piling up in college football. That could make the February signing day more important than in recent years.

It will be difficult for everyone to find landing spot within the next couple weeks. The early signing period looms but that is not a lot of time for people to evaluate new opoortunities. Teams are certainly going to try in fear of losing out on prospects who are signing letters of intent. Portal players are committing as quickly as they enter the portal too. It’s going to be a wild couple weeks as we begin the spring to early signing day.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers offered Cornell transfer offensive lineman Hunter Nourzad on Monday.

>> A pair of Alabama transfer entered the portal that Husker fans should keep an eye on.

>> Kansas 2023 running back Dylan Edwards dropped his junior highlights after a monster season.

ICYMI

>> I’ve got you covered with a Nebraska recruiting tracker (Premium) for the first week of the offseason for the Huskers.

>> Derek Peterson looked into Michigan redemption and the parallels Scott Frost might be able to draw.

>> Steve Marik looks into where the Huskers fit as the coaching carousel picks up speeds.

>> Nebraska volleyball rose to No. 10 in the final regular season coaches poll.

>> The Nebraska Preps Postgame show is back as champions have been crown in state high school football.

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