Nebraska Recruiting: Managing Excitement for Week 1
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Nebraska Recruiting: Managing Excitement for Week 1

August 29, 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.


There is nothing like your first game at Memorial Stadium. There are a handful of freshmen in the two-deep that will be making their debuts on Saturday against South Alabama. There are also a handful of players—like Dedrick Mills—who will also get their first taste of the environment in Lincoln. 

It’s difficult to prepare for what it will be like. 

"You can try to talk to guys about the excitement of Memorial Stadium all you want, but until you run out of the tunnel and get the juice it’s hard to prepare guys for it,” Coach Scott Frost said earlier in the week. “We’ll have talks about it and all that. Usually the guys who show up as freshmen and have not been afraid of the environment or competing with older guys when they got here are the ones who aren’t going to be shaken by the noise and the crowd."

First game jitters can pop up no matter how many times you have played at Memorial Stadium. Managing the excitement of the anticipation for Week 1 will be one of the keys to victory for Nebraska on Saturday. The good thing is that South Alabama has to deal with the sellout crowd who will be hungry for a victory.

High school football is also back in the state of Nebraska on Thursday night. There is a big opening night matchup in Lincoln between Lincoln Southeast and the defending Class A state champions Omaha Burke. It’s such a big opening game that Hail Varsity Radio was live from Seacrest Field Thursday afternoon and even Frost mentioned it following Thursday’s practice.

“Isn’t Burke versus Southeast tonight? I’m excited to get to watch the season,” Frost said following Thursday’s practice. “I’m excited to get to games more. I don’t think any of our coaches are heading out this week. We are trying to make sure our team is right. This season with two bye weeks, knock on wood hopefully we have them, we are hoping to get out and see a lot more high school action. We will be able to watch some of the guys we are recruiting in action. Good luck to the teams playing tonight. I don’t think we will be out there tonight but we’ll be out soon.”

Expect to see the Nebraska football staff out and about more this season.

Recruit Watch

>> New Huskers running back commit Marvin Scott III was feeling the love from Nebraska on social media Thursday.

>> The Huskers wished good luck to 4-star linebacker Des Tisdol on Twitter. 

>> Oklahoma wide receiver JJ Hester has an announcement date in mind. 

ICYMI

>> Let Derek Peterson explain the things that make Cameron Jurgens special. (Premium)

>> Nebraska has made Maurice Washington a game-time decision for Saturday’s season opener.

>> Tom’s Time is looking back at when Osborne considered a forfeit.

>> I took a look at the key questions as Nebraska finishes off the 2020 class. (Premium)

>> Trent Hixson has earned a starting role and a scholarship by doing the little things, writes Jacob Padilla. (Premium)

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