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.
There is a lot happening with Nebraska football right now. So many things are swirling around the program as the team just finished the season. Coach Scott Frost needs to hire an offensive staff. Frost and the rest of the current staff are out on the road recruiting right now. It’s been a good amount of time since coaches could be out in full swing leading up to the early signing period. It’s easy to lose track of what the key dates are around this time of year.
Let’s take a look.
The first date of note has passed. Nov. 28 was the date that the Husker coaching staff could hit the road recruiting. We saw the remaining assistant coaches hit the road on Sunday right away. Frost joined them on Monday. He is juggling meeting with recruits and interviewing coaches to join his staff. This is also the time that coaches can go to high schools. The main goal there is to visit with high school coaches but also teachers and counselors. That gives college coaches a good overall feel for a prospect beyond just what he does in games.
Official visits will happen during December. The first visit weekend will be Dec. 3-5. The second visit weekend will be Dec. 10-12. Right now, I’m expecting the first visit weekend to be the bigger of the two. There is something that makes these visits weekends unique from previous years. There are going to be more prospects that have not been on the radar for Huskers fans coming in for visits than ever before. Nebraska has had to identify more senior film risers and off the radar prospects this cycle. That creates a lot more new names at the end of the cycle than normal.
The Huskers will also be hosting junior college players and potential transfers too. That portal component is new this cycle. It’s never been so public that the Huskers will be bringing in potential players from the portal for official visits. If Nebraska can get its priority portal targets on campus quickly that would be a good start. Remember that the quiet period begins Dec. 12. Coaches aren’t allowed to leave campus to see recruits during that time. They can still host as they finish the official visit weekend.
Dec. 15 is the big day. That’s when the early signing period opens up. Prospects can sign with their school of choice with a letter of intent. There is a very interesting thing to me about the early signing period this year. How much of the Huskers’ work will be done after the first signing period is over? It would make sense that the Huskers continue the search for talent to add to the roster after December. Not all the portal players will sign in December. The coaching turnover around the country could cause more recruits than normal to not sign early. This also gives the new coaches on Nebraska’s staff a chance to settle in and pick some recruits.
There are a lot of dates to know as we spring toward the early signing period. The Huskers have a lot of work ahead of them but keep these dates in mind when thinking about the timetable.
>> The Huskers offered interior transfer lineman Sione Finau a scholarship. He is transferring from FIU and has two years of eligibility.
— Sione Finau (@SioneFinau_) December 1, 2021
>> Husker transfer defensive back target Ryan Stapp was offered by Washington State.
Blessed to say that I have received an offer from Washington State University! pic.twitter.com/sGmD8aS43O
— Ryan Stapp 🌴 (@ryanstapp2) December 1, 2021
>> Cornell offensive line graduate transfer target Hunter Nourzad was offered by Purdue.
— Hunter Nourzad (@NourzadHunter) November 30, 2021
>> Class of 2023 target Braeden Marshall released his junior highlights.
Keep on viewing this year season highlights 👀💯 https://t.co/qK9aU1ygXh
— Braeden Marshall (@MarshallBraeden) December 1, 2021
>> Keep up to date on the latest updates from the Huskers’ efforts on the road (Premium) this week.
>> Steve Marik has took a look at four quarterbacks (Premium) from the portal that the Huskers could use this offseason.
>> The Mind Your Own podcast is back to discuss those who get lost in the shuffle on big coaching changes.
>> Austin Allen won the Big Ten tight end of the year awars after his record-breaking season.
>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer questions in the mailbag including why Nebraska has a turnover-prone offense and talk assistant coaches.
>> Nebraska volleyball’s presence was felt in the Big Ten postseason honors.
>> Brandon Vogel has an update to the Nebraska football attrition tracker after the latest departure from the team.
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.