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.
When Nebraska coach Scott Frost was looking for qualities in new assistant coaches, he surely had a solid list of criteria. A mixture of experience, coaching ability and recruiting ability had to be on the list. New wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph brings a nice combination of each. We’ve seen Joseph get very active on the recruiting trail. It happened the instant pen hit paper making him official with the Huskers. Nebraska has put out a flurry of scholarship offers in Louisiana. They spanned the 2022, 2023 and 2024 recruiting classes.
Those relationships are being built quickly for Nebraska so it can tap into the talent in the state. Joseph spoke during a roundtable on signing day. One topic was how his aggression on the trail has been received.
“I’m probably hated in Louisiana because I went out and offered all their top recruits,” Joseph joked last week. “But, so far, I’ve been having people – the guys I know throughout the country, the connections I have – say ‘congratulations.’ They’re still willing to help me, help land some kids. It’s been open arms.”
It matters for the Huskers to have a new ace recruiter on the staff. It opens up another slew of opportunities for the program that did not exist before. The best example of this so far is the signing of wide receiver Decoldest Crawford. The physical wideout (6-1, 185) was a long-time LSU commit so his relationship was strong with Joseph. It was so strong that when Crawford opened his recruitment back up he committed to Nebraska without visiting Lincoln. Crawford noted during his signing ceremony that his trust in Joseph is high.
Joseph has a unique pitch to recruits in the delta. He is a former Husker that came to Nebraska from Louisiana himself. Joseph can explain what led him to make that move. It brings credibility to his pitch.
“Well, I tell ‘em everybody’s going to have facilities, everybody’s going to have big stadiums, locker rooms,” Joseph said. “I sell the people in the building, and I sell the people in the state of Nebraska because it’s really good people here, you know what I mean? Because some of these kids come from environments where it’s not a lot of good people there. You know, some of them come from inner cities where you have to lock your door. I’m thinking you still probably don’t have to lock your door here, you can leave your keys in the car. That’s what I remember. It’s a safe place, and I think you sell that to kids.”
Joseph can also sell recruits on being part of something special in Lincoln. The Huskers being the only show in town is a draw. The amount of attention on players here can be a big selling point for recruits that pick Nebraska.
There will be a lot of attention paid to the short-term gains that Joseph can help Nebraska make on the trail. The team will surely go after more Louisiana prospects this cycle. There will be others targeted that he previously recruited. The long-term benefits of having Joseph on staff will help the Huskers too. It will be interesting to follow along with the inroads Nebraska is able to make in future classes.
>> Mac Markway, one of the top tight ends in the region for the 2022 class, is back on the market after not signing with Florida.
— Mac Markway (@mac_markway) December 20, 2021
>> Nebraska 2023 defensive back target Watts McBride has put his junior highlights out.
3⭐️6’1 182 @CRWashingtonHS DB @wattsmcbride21 ➡️IA’s most versatile prospect!
•explosive physicality allows2play bigger than size
•💪Ball skills #SU_Posse @GregSmithHV @mikejschaefer @AllenTrieu @Rivals_Clinthttps://t.co/UDZvJpDoLN
— JC Moreau (@TheStrengthU) December 19, 2021
>> Class of 2023 offensive lineman Miles McVay put out his impressive highlights filled with pancakes.
🔥What Am I? 6’7” 33O technically sound OT
🌪Who Am I? Hard working, fight to the end, True🐶https://t.co/wm8EcW010i
— Miles FaMous McVay #58 (@McVayMiles) December 20, 2021
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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.