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The camp series this summer for Nebraska has been set. The Huskers recently announced that the coaches clinic would be held March 25 and March 26th. The team has a couple big name special guest speakers for those clinics. Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and former Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith will attend.
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2022 NEBRASKA COACHES CLINIC
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) February 21, 2022
Here is the camp schedule Nebraska has set now (which is still subject to change).
Coaches Clinic – March 25th and 28th
Friday Night Lights #1 – June 3rd
Individual Camp #1 – June 4th
Specialist Camp – June 4th
7 on 7 Camp – June 5th
Rising 7th & 8th Grade Camp – June 10th
Youth Camp #1 – June 11th
Team Camp – June 12th-14th
Friday Night Lights #2 – June 17th
OL/DL Pipeline Camp – June 18th
Youth Camp #2 – June 24th
Rising 7th and 8th grade camp #2 – June 25th
There is something to note on the schedule right now. This year has no quarterbacks camp and I am surprised by that. Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has a good history with quarterbacks. Coach Scott Frost is a former quarterback. He and Whipple could put together an interesting camp. It could be added later or the team may have a different plan.
These camps are really important to Nebraska’s recruiting efforts on a yearly basis. Seeing them return last year was a very welcome sight for the Huskers’ staff. I asked Frost back in December about the importance of those camps at Nebraska.
“It’s really important, especially for us,” Frost said. “There’s a lot of schools a lot closer to recruiting areas with more recruits every year than we have. Getting kids to Lincoln is really important for us. I’ve said it a bunch but when we get to kids to Lincoln and they see our facilities and they meet the people and they see the environment here we got a great chance of getting them once they’re here. Camps help us do that. Obviously having visitors for games help us do that. We went basically a whole recruiting cycle without being able to get anybody here and having those camps and opportunities for kids to get to Lincoln.”
There is one thing we don’t know about yet for this summer. Will schools have the ability to work players out privately on campus again? The NCAA allowed that last summer to help make up for a lack of evaluations during 2020. Coaches around the country would love if that rule became permanent. It’s beneficial for the schools. They get to work hands-on with prospects with less players than a traditional camp. The rule is helpful for prospects because they get an opportunity to show coaches what they can do.
Lincoln Southeast signee Jake Appleget was offered by Nebraska and Minnesota last summer. Those offers came in consecutive weekends after doing private workouts. There hasn’t been much guidance yet from the NCAA on if that rule is sticking around.
Camp season will be here for Nebraska before we know it. Look for the program to also attend various mega camps and satellite camps this summer too. We could also see a busy summer of official visits for the 2023 recruiting class.
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— Malachi Coleman (@ChiColeman23) February 21, 2022
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— Colton Vasek (@ColtonVasek) February 21, 2022
>> Iowa 5-star offensive lineman Kadyn Proctor was offered by West Virginia on Tuesday.
Appreciative for the offer to play football at West Virginia University pic.twitter.com/wV8cDhfe4b
— Kadyn Proctor (KP) (@KadynProctor1) February 22, 2022
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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.