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Nebraska Recruiting: Junior Days Return as Huskers Build New Relationships

January 20, 2022

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 will be back to hosting a Junior Day event on campus this weekend. It’s an opportunity for the Huskers to get a larger number of targets on campus. It’s been awhile since anyone could host these events. The Huskers were scheduled to last host one in March of 2020 for a spring practice. It was canceled because of COVID-19. It’s even more important for Nebraska to host this event this year. Plenty of prospects will get to be on campus with new coaches.

Tight ends coach Sean Beckton is the only offensive coach still on staff since the last time the Huskers hosted this event. He’s spoken in the past about the teams’ goals for getting players on campus.

“We are trying to just get kids on campus for the most part,” Beckton said in early 2020. “We have the kids come to our meetings as far as position wise so they can interact with the staff and the players. They can kind of get a feel of how things operate here from a support staff meeting with Coach Duval and Ron Brown. Then the coordinators and Coach Frost. They get to sit in our meetings and see how we present and install information. It’s a big selling point for those guys to get hands on and get a really good feel of what we are trying to do.”

This is the first opportunity for new staff members at Nebraska to bring the style of recruits to campus they feel should be in their rooms. We’ve seen a slew of new offers at various position groups. Recruiting big boards are being reshuffled. Not everyone that comes to junior day enters the weekend with an offer. The staff has a pretty solid evaluation process to determine if players should get an offer.

“We look at pretty much every kid as a staff. There are some guys we say yes, go full bore after,” Beckton said. “There are some guys that we want to recruit still but we need to see a little bit more out of. A lot of times we need to see more. Sometimes we need to get eyes on a kid at a camp. There’s a process to it. Some guys stick out right away and some guys are on that fence and we have to see them with our own eyes to see him do things or work with them so we can see how they tick a bit. I think it’s a case by case basis.”

It will be interesting to see which prospects that visit this weekend go on to be major targets for the Huskers. The Huskers have done well identifying prospects early. There are likely several players coming in this weekend who will be 2023 priorities. The reshuffling of the recruiting board will have new prospects interested in Nebraska. We will get a lot of new reaction from prospects on what they think of Nebraska and the new coaches.

The 2022 recruiting class is 90% completed at this point. The shift towards 2023 begins this weekend for the Huskers.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers offered 2023 4-star quarterback Jackson Arnold from Texas on Thursday.

>> Richard Young, one of the top running backs in the 2023 class, was offered by the Huskers.

>> Kansas City area 2023 wide receiver Andre Davis picked up an offer from Nebraska on Thursday.

ICYMI

>> I’ve got the breakdown on the full Junior Day visitor list (Premium) this weekend.

>> Every B1G game was rated and more in the January 2022 issue of Hail Varsity.

>> Nebraska basketball’s game at No. 19 Ohio State has been postponed.

>> Steve Marik broke down Nebraska’s 2022 football schedule.

>> Freshman middle blocker Rylee Gray is medically retiring from volleyball.

>> The Nebraska Shootaround podcast is discussing the return of the mac.

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