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 in the final week of the contact period and I’ve gotten a lot of questions about why are things so slow right now in Nebraska recruiting. In the office today, I had a lengthy discussion about this with Hail Varsity’s own Derek Peterson who made a few good points about the topic.
One of those points is that compared to the whirlwind that was last December after Scott Frost was hired, anything would feel slow. So many things were new last December that everything felt exciting. At this time last year, we found out a quarterback named Adrian Martinez was committing to Nebraska. We also were getting a feel for the types of recruits that Frost and company would be going after for their first class in Lincoln.
The other big reason why things may appear to be slow right now is that Nebraska came into the contact period with 21 committed players for 2019. They have since added defensive end/outside linebacker Jamin Graham and athlete Wandale Robinson but have lost junior college defensive tackle Tony Fair. So, heading into the final week of the contact period, the majority of the class has already given their verbal pledges. In addition, a number of targets yet to decide have already been on campus for official visits like Ty Robinson, Noa Pola-Gates, Tavian Mayo and Jamel Starks. That’s why I believe you saw a weekend recently with only one uncommitted official visitor.
The staff doesn’t appear to be scrambling at this point to fill spots but have continued their low-key, under-the-radar approach with key targets. Don’t forget that while a lot of players will sign Dec 19-Dec 20, there will be more targets for the staff to pursue for the remaining few slots that will be left in the run to February.
Remember, at this point last year Maurice Washington was not yet on the radar as someone who was seriously considering the Huskers.
>>Myron Cunningham, a junior college offensive tackle that had some interest in Nebraska earlier in the process has committed to Arkansas.
After a long period of thinking it over and making sure I made the right decision. I have decided that for the next two years I'll be continuing my academic and athletic career at The University of Arkansas. #HogsUp #WPS @MarkMods @CoachCraddock @coachdustinfry @coachchadmorris pic.twitter.com/QWTQP98C7o
— Myron Cunningham (@CunninghamMyron) December 11, 2018
>>Jay Ducker a 2020 running back at Bellevue West in Nebraska picked up a scholarship offer from UNI.
— Jay Ducker (@DuckerJevyon) December 11, 2018
>>Derek Peterson scored the defensive line in 2018.
>>Jacob Padilla ran it back to the time the Huskers let it fly.
>>In 2018, Nebraska’s rushing attack got better. It even got better than UCF’s rushing attack.
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.