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.
We are just about a month away from the start of the December signing period for college football. The Huskers have only played three football games to this point. The team just had their home opener. It feels weird that we are so close to the point that recruits can sign letters of intent.
This year has been very strange for the class of 2021. We’ll end up going this entire recruiting cycle without these prospects getting to take official visits to the schools they end up choosing. In most cases, they will not have had the chance to visit with their future coaches in person.
Still, the Huskers are in good shape as we head down the stretch run toward the signing period. The team currently has 20 commitments for the 2021 class plus an incoming transfer. Most likely you’ll see the team take a handful more players, primarily on the defensive side of the football.
So, what is left on the to-do list for Nebraska as it seeks another top-25 class under Coach Scott Frost? Let’s take a look.
Add Impact Defensive Players
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Huskers go all defense to finish out the rest of this recruiting class. We’ve been talking about the same handful of names for weeks now. There are prospects who could wind up being impact type players on that side of the ball. Linebacker Wynden Ho’ouhli, defensive end Tia Savea and defensive lineman Josh Simmons all fit the bill here. Landing two of the three would be huge for Nebraska moving forward.
Pull Off a Surprise
This one is admittedly tough. The Huskers under Frost have done a great job of emerging in a better position with prospects we didn’t know they were recruiting. The staff has a track record of pulling off surprises. It’d be great if they could do it one more time down the stretch of this cycle. A big-time flip is probably the most likely route here. Without being able to get players on campus, that will be tough to do.
Get on the Board for 2022?
This one technically has nothing to do with finishing the 2021 recruiting class but it’d be great if Nebraska got a commit or two in the column for next recruiting cycle to get the ball rolling. The Huskers are searching for their first commit of the 2022 recruiting class. There are local targets like tight end Kaden Helms or linebacker Ernest Hausmann who could be the first. Neither have indicated they are close to a decision but it’s generally wise to start local and go from there.
It should be a fun ride leading up to the early signing period this cycle. It is a year that hasn’t been like any other that I can remember.
>> Check out Husker wideout commit Latrell Neville’s midseason highlights.
— S E V E N (@LatrellNeville7) November 15, 2020
>> Huskers 2022 linebacker target Gavin Meyers released his junior season highlights on Monday.
Junior season highlights! https://t.co/8SxX9CC65p
— Gavin Meyers ༒ (@Gavinmeyers40) November 16, 2020
>> There is plenty to improve on but Nebraska feels good after a win over Penn State.
>> In his column this week, Derek Peterson explains why Frost’s decision was the right one and Adrian Martinez’s respons was tremendous.
>> The Huskers got good news at receiver while the young talent in the room is rounding into form.
>> Nebraska basketball coaches Fred Hoiberg and Matt Abdelmassih spoke on Monday as well.
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.