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.
For the last few weeks, the Nebraska coaching staff has been out on the road during the evaluation period. There is more that goes into what they are looking for than just how fast a prospect is or what their measurables are.
So, what type of guy is the coaching staff looking for when they go out on the road? It turns out the intangibles that a coach can observe while in a school is quite important to this staff according to defensive line coach Tony Tuioti.
“What type of guy is he? Is he a ‘me guy’ or a team guy? All those things are very important,” Tuioti explained. “When I go out to high school practices, is he yelling at his teammates and putting them down or is he trying to bring them along to get better? It’s two different leaders. I’m looking for guys that want to bring guys along with him and build the team. That’s what Coach Frost is trying to teach our guys every single day.
“The guys we have in the building right now, we have really good guys. At the end of the day though, you want guys that take the bull by the horns and run with in. We have those type of guys in the [defensive line] room right now. Darrion Daniels is that type of guy. An alpha-male. Damion Daniels is that way too. He’ll bring guys along and help them get better. Those are important characteristics.”
This message for potential recruits is an important one. When coaches are at your school, they aren’t just looking to see how you are performing or lifting. They also want to see that you are leading the right way and have those characteristics that will help build a team.
>> Xavier Watts, the 2020 wide receiver from Omaha Burke, helped his relay team to a gold medal over the weekend.
🥇4×1 ALL CLASS GOLD CHAMPIONS🥇- 42.41- Keithan Beasley, Xavier Watts, Trevon Peak, Devon Jackson pic.twitter.com/Hd2FGcD0U2
— Burke Boys XC T&F (@burke_XCTF) May 18, 2019
>> Jonathan Odom, a tight end from Tampa, was an early Husker target at the position. Over the weekend, he committed to Florida.
After a lot of thought and prayer I AM 100% COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA ‼️🐊 @UFCoachLScott @CoachDanMullen @GatorsFB pic.twitter.com/43IF48kORf
— Jonathan Odom (@Odom_87) May 18, 2019
>> Incoming freshman Ethan Piper is saying goodbye to high school but excited about the challenge that awaits him in Lincoln.
So grateful for the last 13 years as I’ve been challenged to grow, learn, compete & become the best version of myself. It‘s been an honor & privilege to wear a Knights uniform. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the love and support of so many. Thank you NC! #ForeverAKnight pic.twitter.com/1YG4HzrDTQ
— Ethan Piper (@epipe71) May 19, 2019
>> Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos is impressed with the Huskers strong regular season finish.
>> Isaiah Roby showed his skills off at the NBA Combine this week.
>> Jacob Padilla broke down what Shamiel Stevenson can bring to the court next year for Nebraska basketball. (Premium)
>> Derek Peterson has your summer updates, including Barret Pickering’s dog and lots of lifting information.
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.