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.
To say we are in uncharted territory with everything happening due to the response to COVID-19 is an understatement. The world of college football is dealing with many unknowns as we navigate this pandemic. Recruiting was supposed to look much different than it does currently.
Nebraska would have just had a big Junior Day. We’d be hearing from prospects about their experiences as they inched closer to college decisions. Spring practice would be in full swing allowing us the chance to see which players were emerging in a pivotal spring for Coach Scott Frost’s program. We don't have that. We have more questions than answers about the impact COVID-19 will have on our lives.
As each day passes more and more events are postponed or canceled. That prompts more questions that will eventually need to be answered. Let’s take a look at a few unexpected questions with recruiting implications.
Impact of high school closings
We are seeing places around the country say that schools are being closed for the rest of the school year. If that becomes the norm, what does it mean for current high school seniors? Florida’s governor announced that there will be no more testing this school year. Will things like that have any impact on eligibility issues? There are a lot of issues to be ironed out stemming from the potential of more schools closing.
Loss of spring evaluation
With school closures and suspended activities, college coaches will lose a big piece of the evaluation process. Track season is critical for teams to verify athleticism for prospects. Especially if they don’t attend one of the national recruits camps. That wouldn’t matter in this case anyway because those camps are also canceled. On the flip side the prospects are affected by this. There are now less opportunities for kids to get their names out there for coaches to see them.
ACT dates moved
As it relates to recruiting the ACT (or SAT) only comes up when a commit or target needs a better test score to be eligible. But what happens when you lose a testing date?
Your safety is our top priority.
We've rescheduled the April 4 national test date across the U.S.
Students will receive an email with instructions to reschedule for free to June 13 or a future national test date.
— ACTStudent (@ACTStudent) March 16, 2020
Losing the April 4 test date could cause problems for student-athletes. Let's say you planned to take the test in April to raise your score so you could enroll at the school you committed to. If you wanted to join your team in late May or early June, now what? As it stands now, the next test isn’t until June 13. Not taking the test again until June would create a small window of opportunity to get everything together to enroll. This could effect a great number of students who are also trying to get admitted to college or qualify for scholarships. The ACT released another statement on this. They are committed to making every effort to help students affected, particularly seniors, facing deadlines.
We are likely weeks away from getting answers to these questions and many more. First the safety of the country needs to be ensured. After that there will be quite a few issues to work through as we settle into a new reality.
>> Cincinnati running back commit Myles Montgomery picked up an offer from Nebraska on Tuesday night.
— Myles montgomery 18™️ (@Mylesmontgome13) March 18, 2020
>> Priority linebacker target Chris Paul was offered by Florida Atlantic.
After a GREAT conversation with coach @JeffNorrid1, I am beyond blessed to have received a(n) offer from Florida Atlantic University!!! ⚪️🔴⚪️🔴 @BrockWillis @ChristophetSr @ChadSimmons_ @FAU_Football @Rivalsfbcamps pic.twitter.com/j8E7VdLQ6V
— Christopher “POOH” Paul Jr. (@PoohPaul4) March 18, 2020
>> Omaha Roncali lineman Nolan Gorcyzca picked up an offer from South Dakota State on Wednesday.
— Nolan Gorczyca (@nolangorczyca) March 18, 2020
>> The latest issue of Hail Varsity magazine is ready to hit newsstands and mailboxes. Brandon Vogel shared what went into making the issue in a world with no sports. We also announced a temporary change to the Hail Varsity publishing schedule.
>> Jacob Padilla wrote a terrific piece on a world without basketball and what it means to him.
>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag and give suggestions on things to do and Husker games to watch while social distancing.
>> The attrition has begun for Husker hoops as Jervay Green has entered the transfer portal.
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.