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.
As we get toward the end of the first week of the new year everyone is getting back into the swing of things. We’ve seen some offers go out in recent days by Nebraska. They follow the pattern that we would expect for this time after the early signing period but before the dead period lifts. The Huskers have made offers to transfer players, 2022 prospects and future prospects.
Let’s take a look at some of the offer activity in the recent days that you may have missed.
Sacred Heart offensive lineman JD DiRenzo was offered by the Huskers this week. The graduate transfer lineman (6-6, 315) has been red hot picking up offers lately. Minnesota, Maryland and Rutgers are among the other Big Ten schools to offer him. Oklahoma offered on Wednesday. Competition is strong for DiRenzo. The Huskers have an offer on the table for one of the fastest rising transfer prospects on the market.
Thankful to receive an offer from the University of Nebraska! pic.twitter.com/RFTUqKQC1n
— JD DiRenzo (@jddirenzo) January 3, 2022
The influence of wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph is being felt for Nebraska. He already reeled in 2022 wideout Decoldest Crawford without a lot of time to pull it off. I’m very interested in what he can do for the 2023 cycle. This week Nebraska made an offer to Louisiana safety Kylin Jackson. The Zachary High School star stands at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. He’s a long, lean prospect that defensive backs coach Travis Fisher likes in his room.
— kylin jackson (@_kylin9) January 4, 2022
One of the more intriguing offers that has gone out this week is to 2022 running back Ajay Allen. The Louisiana native (5-11, 185) is verbally committed to TCU but didn’t sign during the early signing period. He put up huge numbers at Neville High as a senior, rushing for more than 2,000 yards and 34 touchdowns. Allen is a good prospect that any program would be lucky to snag. The other interesting part of this is that Nebraska didn’t have a running backs coach when this offer was made. That’s left many wondering if his offer is a clue on who could be the next running backs coach at Nebraska.
— Ajay Allen (@AjayTuff) January 5, 2022
Nebraska offered Florida safety Cameron Upshaw on Tuesday evening. Upshaw (6-1, 165) is among the most recent 2023 prospects to pick up an offer from the team. We’ll see more 2023 offers going out in the coming weeks as the team turns more attention to that cycle. Most of the work is done for the 2022 cycle so this makes sense. Upshaw is almost up to double-digit offers now. He’s got offers from Maryland and Penn State in the Big Ten. He’s also got offers from South Carolina, Virginia Tech and others.
— Cameron Upshaw Jr (@CameronUpshaw2_) January 4, 2022
With everyone back in the offices full force now we are going to see a lot more recruiting activity. There are some big objectives left for the program. The Huskers need to put the finishing touches on the 2022 class. Frost needs to round out his coaching staff. Nebraska needs to find transfers while turning attention toward the 2023 class.
>> Former Nebraska defensive line target Regen Terry has put his name in the transfer portal to leave Arizona.
Arizona DL Regen Terry has entered the transfer portal. pic.twitter.com/tEXhCBiIyf
— Sidelines – Transfer Portal (@SSN_Portal) January 6, 2022
>> Check out this cool birthday edit that the Huskers did for Lincoln High athlete Beni Ngoyi.
— 𝐵𝑒𝓃𝒾 𝒩𝑔𝑜𝓎𝒾 📍 (@beni_ngoyi) January 5, 2022
>> Minnesota 2023 defensive lineman Martin Owusu got an invite to the Huskers’ Junior Day this month.
— martin owusu (@martin87hagen) January 6, 2022
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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.