Nebraska Recruiting: Local HS Football Surge Powered by Technology?
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Nebraska Recruiting: Local HS Football Surge Powered by Technology?

February 22, 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.


Over the last few years, more attention seems to be paid to Nebraska high school football by other schools in the region and around the country. The level of play in the state has continued to be raised and there are a couple of national recruits already in the 2020 class. Looking out a bit further than that, the 2021 in-state class looks strong as well.

York coach Glen Snodgrass has been around Nebraska high school football for a long time, so he’s seen the growth in attention firsthand.

“Through my 20 years of coaching, my opinion is Hudl has been a complete game changer for recruiting,” Snodgrass told Hail Varsity. “Right now, any coach around the country, if they want to put in enough time, they can get film for almost any kid in the whole country. They can watch film on anybody they want. So, teams from all around the country can get in and look at film of Garrett Nelson of Scottsbluff. Maybe in the past 15 or 20 years ago, they wouldn’t have known who he was.”

The other big thing that Snodgrass attributed the growth to was social media. That has made a major difference because it’s a lot easier for coaches around the country to recruit nationally because it’s all available through Hudl and social media. He said the state has been fortunate to have some high-level recruits recently and that there are more coming in the class of 2020. 

“It is kind of cool to see all the attention and more attention to the state of Nebraska,” Snodgrass said.

The exposure that kids in the state are getting can only continue to have a positive effect as schools like Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas A&M and other national programs make the trip to the Cornhusker State. 

Recruit Watch

>> Teddy Prochazka, a 2021 offensive tackle prospect from Elkhorn South, announced that he will attend Nebraska’s second Junior Day on March 30.

>> Nebraska 2020 running back target Darvon Hubbard from Arizona has left the Ohio State recruiting class. 

>> Check out this neat graphic that the Huskers put out showing how they built the 2019 class by the numbers.

ICYMI

>> Jacob Padilla tries to answer ‘what even was that’ for Nebraska in his latest Run it Back column.

>> Let Mike Babcock tell the story of how former Husker Bill Bryant keeps giving back.

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