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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Making Good Use of Evaluation Period Returning

April 20, 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.

Nebraska coaches—as well as other staffs from around the country—have started hitting the road for the first spring evaluation period since 2019. Both the 2020 and 2021 spring evaluation periods were canceled due to COVID-19. This year brings the return of the important stretch for college programs and recruits.

Typically, this stretch of time sees new scholarship offers made. Teams also shuffle current and future recruiting boards. Gathering more information on prospects and getting eyes on them in person is key. The Huskers have done a good job of setting the stage for summer official visits. They made good use of Junior Days, practice visits and the spring game. These days on the road will also help lay the groundwork for those upcoming official visits.

What is it that Nebraska and other schools missed out on not having an evaluation period for the last two years? Assistant coaches can spend April and May at schools around the country watching recruits work out. They can only “see” a prospect twice during this period. One of those visits is supposed to be an athletic evaluation. One is supposed to be an academic visit according to NCAA rules. Coaches are not supposed to meet with prospects when visiting schools. It’s OK if they “bump into” players while in the school.

Schools get a total of 168 evaluation days that are divided up among the assistant coaches. It is not likely that it will be an evenly split among the staff. Coordinators typically don’t go out as much. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander is an active recruiter. We haven’t seen offensive coordinator Mark Whipple in full force yet.

There are a couple key differences between what is allowed now during the spring evaluation period. The other times the coaching staff can be on the road are unique. The biggest one is that head coaches aren’t allowed on the road. You won’t hear about coach Scott Frost in high schools or see him posing for picture with coaches. The contact periods in December and January also allow schools to do in-home visits. The spring period does not.

We’ve seen the Huskers be intentional with their strategy out of the games of the evaluation period. It’s been a big emphasis to show more love to local coaches and prospects. The staff started things off by heading out around the state to check in on top targets in Nebraska. The school is now up to seven total offers in Nebraska. The team has three commitments in-state for the 2023 recruiting class.

It’s critical for Nebraska to get out on the road and build relationships. The program was not unique the last two years in missing these events. Nebraska does rely on being able to span the country for talent. Getting the new coaching staff into high schools should produce some nice results. It will show up for the 2023 class soon. It will also be key for laying the foundation for 2024 and 2025 prospects visiting campus.

Recruit Watch

>> Recent Husker 2024 linebacker offer Derek Weisskopf committed to Iowa on Wednesday.

>> The Huskers offered legacy 2024 prospect Jeremiah Newcombe on Tuesday.

>> Lincoln East 4-star athlete Malachi Coleman was offered by Ole Miss on Tuesday.

>> The Huskers made another 2023 offer in Chicago. This one went out to Taft High School athlete BJ Mayes.


>> An exhibition is providing Nebraska volleyball with an opportunity to show off the program around the state.

>> Florida 2024 defensive back Kensley Faustin is got an early look at Nebraska and I spoke with him about the visit.

>> Steve Marik is re-scoring the 2022 Huskers starting with wide receivers.

>> In the latest Padding the Stats Jacob Padilla shows why sports fanhood is fickle.

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag including what the effect of an opening week loss would have on the football team and fans.

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