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Nebraska Recruiting: Is Winning The Cure-All For Local Recruiting Problem?

July 22, 2021

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 2022 recruiting situation in-state for Nebraska has been a roller coaster. The Huskers have verbal commitments from two players from Nebraska. Both Ernest Hausmann and Jake Appleget will be welcome additions to the Husker team. The problem is the top four players in the state are not coming to Nebraska.

Technically none have signed and it’s not over until a national letter of intent is officially signed. None of Deshawn Woods, Devon Jackson, Kaden Helms or Micah Riley-Ducker included Nebraska in their top schools. It’s hard to see them landing in Lincoln.

The talent pool in the state continues to grow and Nebraska needs to keep that talent home. The questions about the state of recruiting within the borders will keep coming up. That’s natural if players spurn the home state school to play college football. Coach Scott Frost was asked about players choosing to leave the state during Big Ten Media Days.

“I can’t talk about it,” Frost said. “None of those young men have signed anywhere. I’m not supposed to talk about people that are still recruits. What I will say is that we’re in the process of trying to build something where we can be winners.

“Winning is going to help a lot of things. That’s where our focus has been and that’s going to improve a lot of things including recruiting.”

Nebraska has struggled since the prospects mentioned above were in sixth grade. The team is 31-34 with two coaches and now three athletic directors in that span. The program has won more than three conference games in a season just once during that span. Nebraska spent four of those seasons being unranked the entire season.

Is Frost correct? Would winning solve a lot of problems Nebraska is having with recruiting? I would lean toward winning being a big help. If Nebraska was winning, scoring points and the program looked like the fun would help. That environment would be more appealing to the growing list of players within Nebraska that have big-time Power Five options.

Winning isn’t the only issue for Nebraska at this point. The ability to connect with recruits in Omaha should continue to be a focus. The days of every kid in the state growing up wanting to play in Lincoln are gone. In-state recruits need to be pursued as hard as prospects from Florida or Georgia.

The good and bad thing about recruiting is that things can change quickly. Nebraska will have an opportunity to make strides recruiting in the state. The 2023 class is strong. The Huskers have two early commitments from Gunnar Gottula and Ben Brahmer. The decisions or Maverick Noonan (Elkhorn South) and Teitum Tuioti (Lincoln Southeast) loom large.

The Huskers hope to start the season with a win on Aug. 28 in the Week Zero season opener at Illinois.

Recruit Watch

>> Indianapolis defensive end Joe Strickland committed to Purdue.


>> Check out the highlights from Scott Frost’s individual interview at Big Ten Media Days.

>> Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts spoke about honest truths in the football program and athletic department.

>> The Big Ten is letting schools lead the way with Covid protocols in 2021.

>> During his time at the podium Scott Frost spoke about his 2021 team, NIL, Trev Alberts and more.

>> After back-to-back disappointing seasons, what is next for Jeff Brohm and Purdue?

>> Trev Alberts is taking a process over results method to evaluating the football program.

>> Scott Frost has high hopes for Huskers quarterback Adrain Martinez in 2021.

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