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Nebraska Recruiting: Looking Into the Huskers Plan Moving Forward with Quarterbacks

January 10, 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 questions never stop in the recruiting world. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something to talk about so we have been taking reader and listener suggestions on questions. I then answer the questions in a quick video. This week’s question is something that has come up consistently since Mark Whipple was hired as offensive coordinator. People want to know what the Whipple hire will do to 2023 quarterback recruiting for the Huskers. On a related note I’ve been asked several times if the pursuit of transfer quarterbacks this offseason will have a long-term impact on how Nebraska recruits quarterbacks. There is a lot here so let’s dive in.

The first thing that jumps out to me about this topic is what a blank slate the Huskers are starting from. The Huskers have only offered scholarships to a pair of 2023 high school quarterbacks. Reese Mooney, a Louisiana signal caller, was the team’s top target at the position. Interest faded during the season and the firing of Mario Verduzco hurt the team’s chances of landing him. The potential of the offense changing was a factor that drove Mooney to commit to Vanderbilt.

The other quarterback that Nebraska has offered for next cycle is Iowa native JJ Kohl. He came on the radar over the summer after leading his team to a championship during the Huskers’ 7-on-7 event. Kohl (6-6, 225) is more of a traditional drop back quarterback. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him land somewhere in the Big Ten. With Whipple on board I will be curious to see if the Huskers pick up their recruitment of him. The one thing we don’t know yet is what types of high school quarterbacks Whipple is after at Nebraska. It feels like the program is trending away from run-first quarterbacks but we’ll see.

The one trait that Whipple quarterbacks do seem to share is having a big arm. His offenses traditionally like to push the ball down the field. Nebraska is accumulating good weapons on the outside and tight end room. It makes sense to continue pushing the ball downfield. The portal can’t be ignored here as a factor. Normally we’d see a lot of 2023 quarterback movement this time of year. With the Huskers looking so hard at the portal that has slowed down a lot. Is that a sign of things to come or is the team just resetting the big board with new coaches on board?

If it is a sign of things to come the Huskers’ recruiting the strategy would be intriguing. Could Nebraska continue to be a player in the portal for quarterbacks yearly? Potentially under the right circumstances. You could probably only pull that off if you were always looking for one-and-done players. It’d be tough to consistently bring in transfers at quarterback with three or four years remaining. The Huskers find themselves in unique situation this offseason. That have a legitimate case to land a pair of quarterbacks.

We’ll know more in the coming weeks about how the Huskers plan to attack 2023 quarterback recruiting. The team has a pair of junior days coming this month. The team would probably like to start hosting future signal callers. The Huskers are trying to reshape the quarterback room this offseason. The future will tell if the style of quarterback is shifting completely.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska running back commit Emmett Johnson picked up a cool honor on Monday.

>> Huskers 2024 quarterback target Dylan Raiola was offered by North Carolina.


>> The Huskers are staying in house for a couple of hires announced on Monday.

>> All-American Caitlin Clark powered No. 22 Iowa past Nebraska in a high-scoring affair on Sunday.

>> Check out the Hail Varsity photo gallery from that game by John Peterson.

>> The Nebraska Preps Postgame show is back to discuss upsets, overtimes and revenge.

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