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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Having Bounceback Year Landing In-State Talent

June 26, 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.


The emphasis on in-state recruiting is always there for college programs. It varies from school to school but each coach running a program wants to keep the best local talent home. The Huskers have had an up and down run of in-state recruiting during the coach Scott Frost tenure. There have been cycles where the Huskers land the majority of targets in-state they offer. The 2022 recruiting class saw Nebraska miss on the top four players in the state and Nebraska didn’t even have the team in their final groups.

That caused some changes with how the Huskers attack local recruiting. Frost addressed this back in February during the signing day press conference.

“It’s been tough, especially with COVID because we haven’t had a chance to get around Nebraska coaches as much as we want to,” Frost said. “Some of those relationships need our attention. The first day we went out, we spent our whole coaching staff out in Nebraska. Except for me because I had COVID. We want Nebraska kids here. Obviously, Mickey has a lot of relationships and people know him. Barrett has a lot of relationships and people know him. Those will be the primary Nebraska recruiters for us. There’s a lot of talent in my opinion coming up in the state of Nebraska and in the region. That’s where our attention is going to be.”

That work behind the scenes and repairing of relationships is paying off early for the Huskers. Nebraska has offered eight players from the 2023 recruiting class. Five of the eight have already committed to the program. That accounts for half the class so far. Elkhorn South EDGE Maverick Noonan was the most recent player to join the class giving the Huskers a key victory at a position of need.

The three remaining prospects that are no committed to Nebraska have unique situations. It appears that Lincoln High athlete Beni Ngoyi will end up elsewhere. June is almost over and no official visit was set with Nebraska. He’s visited some quality schools but doesn’t appear to be a big priority for the Huskers now.

Archbishop Bergan athlete Kade McIntyre was the hottest recruit in Nebraska this summer. His offer list swelled as word got out about him but the Huskers were a little slow to offer. That allowed other schools to recruit him and he ended up committed to Oklahoma after an official visit this month.

What has unfolded with Ngoyi and McIntyre was not entirely surprising so it doesn’t feel the same as what happened last recruiting cycle. The Huskers have landed pledges from every Nebraskan they have pursued intensely this cycle. The biggest test of them all looms large though.

Lincoln East 4-star athlete Malachi Coleman has become one of the top players in the entire nation this cycle. The Huskers have recruited him very hard led by wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. Coleman took an official visit to Nebraska the weekend of June 3 but didn’t visit any other schools in June. He intends to take game day visits this fall. The year will be an overwhelming success in-state if the Huskers do land him.

There are ebbs and flows to recruiting and you can’t land 100% of local players. The Huskers are in the midst of a big rebound from the 2022 cycle. The program will continue to face tough battles for players moving forward but for this year they are trending in the right direction.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska defensive line target Gavin Hill committed to Florida this weekend.

>> The Huskers had a large group of Tennessee 2024 prospects on campus this weekend headlined by 5-star defensive back Boo Carter.

>> Recent Nebraska official visitor Tay’Shawn Wilson committed to Baylor on Saturday.

>> Ainsworth 2024 tight end Carter Nelson was offered by Iowa recently.

ICYMI

>> I caught up with founder of the Warren Academy Steve Warren to get his thoughts on Maverick Noonan’s commitment for the Hail Varsity YouTube channel.

>> Nebraska volleyball received a commitment from 2024 middle blocker/outside hitter Ayden Ames this weekend.

>> Steve Marik broke down what Nouredin Nouili’s absence means for Nebraska’s offensive line.

>> Jacob Padilla evaluated Bryce McGowens’ fit in Charlotte after he was picked by the Hornets in the NBA Draft.

>> Marik took a look at how November unfolds in the best version of Nebraska’s season?

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