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.
The Huskers have always liked using practices during the spring to host recruits. It’s a great opportunity for prospects and their families to see how things operate behind closed doors. It’s much different than a game day visit when the team is getting prepared for an opponent. It’s also different than a Junior Day event. Nebraska has had great success with those events and have held three since January. Whether it’s in a group setting or one-on-one, getting players to campus is always the goal. Wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph explained that on Tuesday.
“I think the more you can get them to campus and the more they can feel comfortable coming here, I think the better chance of you getting that kid,” Joseph said. “I think with my history of kids that you get onto campus, you can get the if the kids says, ‘Hey I like Nebraska,’ but he never visits, then I don’t think you have a chance to get him. So, when they come to campus, that means they’re serious. That means we’re serious about them also.”
Nebraska has been active in setting up these practice visits this week. Missouri 4-star offensive lineman Cayden Green visited on Monday. He came away from the trip with a favorable impression of the Huskers. The program is in the mix for his commitment.
Texas defensive back Chance Rucker (6-1, 180) is on campus Tuesday. Rucker was named Defensive Newcomer of the Year of the year in his district as a junior. He helped Ryan High School to a 12-2 record. Rucker played in 14 games during the 2021 season, recording 29 total tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups. The Huskers also hosted Omaha Westside 2024 defensive back Caleb Benning on Tuesday. Benning is an important 2024 recruit that could play on either side of the ball.
While Nebraska likes those big group events like Junior Days and game day visits, smaller visit days can be very impactful, too.
“The thing with these kids is attention. Attention that they get,” Joseph said. “The individual attention that they get when they come here. If they are the only one on campus, they’ve got everybody’s attention. It’s totally different than a Junior Day when you got to put your stuff up and you got to go over here, and over there. When a kid comes just for him, his mom, his dad or his uncle, that family gets that attention. That’s what you really enjoy when they do come along like that.”
The prospects aren’t the only ones that enjoy those more individualized visits. It benefits the program because they have so little time to figure out who a kid really is. It’s also about the family, too. A school is recruiting the prospect and the family. It’s important to know both on a deeper level. One-on-one visits help with that.
There are many ways to get to know prospects, recruit them and ultimately sign them. The Huskers are trying to use every avenue available to get talent. Relationship building will always be key to a successful college football program.
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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.