Nebraska Recruiting: Line Between Confidence and Overconfidence
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Nebraska Recruiting: Line Between Confidence and Overconfidence

November 07, 2019

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.

Confidence in sports can be a tricky thing. You won’t find many successful people in competitive sports who aren’t confident. The power of belief can be an ally that gets you through tough times in games or during a season. 

Overconfidence or the perception of it can get you in trouble. Especially when a team’s play doesn’t match the words.

Nebraska coach Scott Frost is used to winning. He expects to get this program turned around. That was clear again on Wednesday. He had this to say after a laugh when asked about the difficulties recruiting during this tough stretch. 

"People see where this is going and we're not going to lose sight of that," Frost said. "This group has done an unbelievable job getting the program turned. It's certainly not happening as fast as I want it to, but we're going to get it done. We knew this thing wasn't in great shape when we took over. We knew there were a lot of things to fix. We're in the process of doing that.

"The exciting thing is we've got a lot of really good young players on this team. I think there's tremendous opportunity for recruits to come in and try to make an impact early. That vision and opportunity is going to help us on the recruiting trail a lot."

The thing that people loved about you in the beginning can also become the thing people use against you. For Frost, it’s his supreme confidence. Right or wrong, the talk has already begun that this season needs to be a slice of humble pie for Frost. LSU coach Ed Orgeron had the perception of a guy that couldn’t be in charge. Now he’s the relatable everyman that knows how to build a staff. In the first two years of PJ Fleck at Minnesota he was criticized as being all about himself with ‘Row The Boat.’ Fans and critics complained that he was being a caricature of himself. Now he’s a branding genius who can get his players to buy in to a common vision. I use these two coaches as examples because I was wrong about them both.

Winning is really what changed those perceptions about coaches. It’s not a magical formula. Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney would have a lot more negative things said about them if they didn’t win so much. 

So yes, there are prospects that see where this thing is going under Frost and believe in it. It is early in the Frost Era at Nebraska so that still can be a (mostly) effective pitch. Yet at some point all the talk of consistency, turning corners, culture and being close becomes hollow. At the end of the day recruits want to have fun and win. 

Frost has an unwavering belief that he will lead the program to greatness. There is a point where that confidence becomes viewed as arrogance. That point usually hits after the losses pile up.

Recruit Watch

>> Georgia linebacker target Desmond Tisdol is still feeling the love from the Huskers. 

>> Seward lineman Tyler Lenz committed to Northwest Missouri State on Wednesday. 

>> Huskers defensive end target Nusi Malani picked up an honor this week.


>> I took a look at the remaining linebacker targets on the board (Premium) for the Huskers after another committed elsewhere. 

>> JUCO defensive end DeVere Levelston picked up an offer from the Huskers on Wednesday. I spoke with him to get his thoughts on his recruitment (Premium) and a potential visit to Lincoln.

> > Amy Williams’ team started the season 1-0 with a win over Alabama A&M 68-46.

>> The Highlanders handed the Huskers a loss on the opening night for the Hoiberg Era.

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag about Martinez, freshmen, Nebrasketball and more.

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