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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Make Trip to Omaha for Coaching Clinic

February 14, 2022

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Hail Varsity recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


College football recruiting is currently in a dead period until February 28. During that time, coaches are not allowed any in-person contact with recruits and their parents. Coaches can still communicate via phone, social media or any other form of digital communication during this time, but all in-person visits are strictly prohibited.

The dead period, however, does not stop coaches from attending clinics or meetings and bringing their staff along with them. That’s exactly what coach Scott Frost did last week in Omaha.

The Huskers made the trek to Omaha last Wednesday for the annual Omaha Metro Coaches Association coaching clinic. Frost was a speaker at the event, but it made sense to bring his assistants along with him. Frost, after all, revamped all but one of his offensive coaching positions since the end of the 2021 season and lost defensive line coach Tony Tuioti to Oregon. With so many new faces at Nebraska, it didn’t hurt to bring the group to Omaha and meet the area coaches.

It is particularly important for Frost and his staff to continue developing relationships with local high school coaches. One of the bigger storylines heading into 2023 recruiting is once again that in-state talent is on the rise. Frost—who is in a make-or-break year with Nebraska—certainly doesn’t want to lose any more top in-state talent to other programs. We also know Frost is looking to rebuild some key relationships within the state too.

“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 during his February signing day press conference. “Some of those relationships need our attention. The first day we went out, we sent 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.”

Like Frost said, new wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph has already been out and about in Omaha. Inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud is more than familiar with recruiting local talent. Special teams coordinator Bill Busch is a Nebraska native, so he already has familiarity and relationships in the area. Bringing the staff to Omaha wasn’t so much about those three coaches though. It was instead making sure the metro coaches had a chance to meet offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, running backs coach Bryan Applewhite and offensive line coach Donovan Raiola. It’s never a bad idea to put faces to names, especially with the coaches that will be incredible important to the Huskers as they recruit their players.

The trip to Omaha was an opportunity for Frost and his staff to build some relationships while the dead period is still in place. Visiting coaches and clinics is permissible, so it was a smart move on Nebraska’s part to make that happen.

The question now is whether or not it will pay off. That’s probably a question that can’t be answered by only one trip to see coaches. It’ll take constant communication and effort to build those relationships.

With spring football only a couple of weeks away and Nebraska able to have recruits on campus to visit, however, it’ll be interesting to watch which local coaches and their players make their way to Memorial Stadium.

Recruit Watch

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ICYMI

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