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.
It’s been almost a year since a recruit was able to visit the Husker program in person. Nebraska had recruits on campus for the first practices of spring football in 2020, which was in March right before everything shut down. That’s when the NCAA put in a mandatory dead period for Division I football.
It’s almost easy to forget the impact that having players on campus has for the Huskers. I got another reminder of the impact when the Huskers released a video from their recruiting specific Twitter account.
— Nebraska FB Recruiting (@NEB_Recruiting) February 22, 2021
In that video, recent early enrollee Henry Lutovsky says that he knew that Nebraska was for him when he attended a spring game. That atmosphere is just different, especially compared to other programs around the country that struggle with attendance.
It’s not just the spring game visits that were missed by the Huskers. Take wide receiver Will Nixon from the 2020 cycle. He was very positive about what he saw on an unofficial visit in June 2019.
“I loved it,” Nixon said. “It was great. It’s a great college town. I loved the facilities. I got to meet all the coaching staff on the offensive side. I got to talk to Coach [Scott] Frost. He’s a great guy and chill. They told me the honest truth, that I could be a big player for them if I work hard and go down that road.”
Those reactions aren’t the same when you come take a self-guided tour of campus like several of the 2021 signees had to do. Let’s take it another step thinking about the players who just finished a freshman season. There are now players on the team who have been here for a year. They played a season but have never played in front of fans outside of family. That’s a stark difference from when they saw when visiting in the lead up to signing with Nebraska.
It looks like the program wants to make sure prospects don’t forget that the atmosphere in Lincoln is one of a kind. This video release tells us that. The biggest weapon Nebraska has in recruiting has been sidelined for the last year. When it returns eventually the teams will want a line of recruits who can’t wait to check it out for themselves.
>> Check out incoming freshman defensive back Koby Bretz getting ready in the weight room before he arrives in Lincoln.
— The ❌plosive Edge (@TheXplosiveEdge) February 23, 2021
>> Oregon transfer quarterback Tyler Shough has found a new home. He is headed to Texas Tech.
— Tyler Shough (@tylershough2) February 22, 2021
>> Florida athlete Quan Lee is letting it be known that his recruitment is wide open.
My recruitment is 100% open I’ll be looking to find a home before my senior season.. I’m open to learn about your school. Don’t let someone tell you I’m not interested.
— Quan Lee (@QuanLee_5) February 22, 2021
>> Schedule adjustments in men’s basketball is creating another busy week for the Huskers writes Jacob Padilla.
>> Nebraska volleyball and Minnesota held steady in the AVCA poll after the weekend split.
>> Husker volleyball is ready to take another step up in competition when the team faces off against Wisconsin this weekend.
>> Check out John Cook’s Tuesday press conference ahead of the big match against the Badgers.
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.