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While Iowa has won every matchup against Nebraska on the football field since 2015, the losses during coach Scott Frost’s tenure have come by one score. Those close games have made for some interesting battles that have extended to the recruiting trail.
Nebraska has recruited Iowa hard since Frost took over the program in 2018. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander leads those efforts as a native Iowan and Hawkeye grad. He has great connections in the state that help his cause. That rivalry means a lot on and off the field to the coordinator as he explained before last year’s matchup.
“This football game, this is one that I think is marked on everyone’s calendar all year just because this is the battle for the border right here,” Chinander said. “We have to start winning some of these before you can take the next step in the program’s rise, if you will, and I think these games are big in recruiting. These games are big for the team. A win in this kind of game can set you up for where you want to go next year. It can set you up as we go off recruiting, so I think this game is super important not only about the rivalry but also the aftermath that a win could mean for the program.”
Those battles on the recruiting trail start early. One player to watch for the class of 2024 is Iowa running back Titus Cram. The athlete (6-0, 190) plays all over the field for his high school but the Huskers are recruiting him at running back. That’s where the Hawkeyes see him too. Cram was back on campus for the Huskers’ spring game on April 9.
— T6️⃣ (@Titus_Cram6) April 9, 2022
“I heard the atmosphere is hype so I decided to check it out myself,” Cram said. “Plus, Nebraska is looking pretty good on the list right now. I can promise you it did not disappoint at all.”
The thing that stood out most about the visit to Cram the fanbase. He called it “insane” to see more than 54,000 fans come out for a spring game. That made the day a fun experience.
This wasn’t the first time that Cram had been to Nebraska either but it was the first time he could sit down one-on-one with running backs coach Bryan Applewhite. The pair talked about life outside of football and discussed what Applewhite could do to help the Iowan be a better running back soon. Cram had a breakout sophomore season with 1,461 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground. He also caught eight passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. He recorded 43 total tackles on defense, too.
He doesn’t have any trips on the schedule this spring but does intend on being back in Lincoln for a game this fall. He knows what he’s looking for in a school as he evaluates his growing scholarship list.
“I’m looking for the way the system works and how good it is,” he said. “Then how well I get along with the coaches.”
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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.