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.
These days, you are recruiting more than one recruiting class at a time. The Huskers are hard at work putting the finishing touches on the 2021 class while making progress with their top prospects for the 2022 cycle at the same time. Kansas City 4-star (HV Rating: 89.5) wide receiver Quinton Conley (6-5, 190) has been a target for Nebraska for some time now. His team sits at 1-1 so far this year. The team is also currently in quarantine after having a player test positive for COVID-19.
— Quinton Conley (@quinton_conley) July 28, 2020
Conley’s relationship with Nebraska is strong. Communication is constant with the Huskers, especially with offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Matt Lubick, as well as running backs coach Ryan Held.
“We talk just about every week,” Conley said. “Since the recruiting period started up we text a lot more. With Coach Lubick and then Coach Held we all text and call a lot. They’ve definitely been who I’ve been talking to the most so far. I wish I could get up and take a visit again. But you know everything is shut down right now. I feel that relationship is pretty strong between me and Nebraska right now.”
Lubick has made Conley a priority for the Huskers, setting up a call with him after he was hired by Nebraska. Conley would love to spend time with Lubick in person to get to know him more. The conversations have been good so far via the phone and Zoom.
The wideout says the Huskers are recruiting him the hardest right now. Arizona State has increased its communication recently. He’s been able to get on a couple calls with the Sun Devils’ staff. Iowa State and Kansas have also offered and keep in contact. Some other schools in contact are Kansas State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and West Virginia.
The Kansas City native has visited Nebraska multiple times. Conley has been able visit Kansas, Missouri and Notre Dame too. He wanted to use this summer to make a lot of trips to get to know his choices more, yet was unable to do so because of the NCAA-mandated dead period. Still, he has a loose timeline for narrowing things down.
“I want to wait until after I got my junior film out and completed my junior season to really start to look at timeline,” Conley said. “I just wanted to get that additional film out there. More than what my sophomore film was. I really haven’t thought about specific dates right now for narrowing down my list so far.”
Conley is good friends with 2022 Husker tight end target Max Whisner. The pair actually grew up playing basketball together and have known each other for years. It’s pretty intriguing that they are both heavily considering Nebraska. It goes beyond football when thinking about what Conley is looking for in a school.
“I know political science is something I probably want to major in or pre-law,” Conley said. “So definitely a school that has that. I don’t know if I want to go to a bigger or smaller school as in population size.
“I just know that Nebraska has been good a lot with the post-graduation stuff. That’s something that we’ve talked about and looked into. So a school with that and cares about their players after graduation, that would definitely be something that I’m looking into for a decision.”
>> Max Whisner was in Lincoln last weekend and promptly put out his final three and a commitment date.
Final decision Sep 21……. pic.twitter.com/uoAjXLeHba
— Max Whisner (@maxwhisner01) September 15, 2020
>> One-time defensive line target Luther McCoy released his final three and the Huskers did not make the cut.
>> Andre Dollar, a 2022 tight end from Oklahoma, committed to Oregon over Nebraska on Tuesday.
— Andre Dollar (@AndreDollar9) September 15, 2020
>> Nebraska’s President mentioned Nebraska football’s return in a hot mic incident on Tuesday.
>> Relationships and Husker fans have the Huskers standing out (Premium) to 2022 linebacker Caden Crawford.
>> Derek Peterson took a look into how those play cards on the sidelines come to be at Kearney Catholic.
>> Heisman winner Eric Crouch is the first guest on the Red to Black Podcast hosted by Pat Safford and Chris Gorman.
>> Husker win Taylor Kissinger is medically retiring from basketball after an unfortunate injury recovery setback.
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.