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Nebraska Recruiting: Open Practice on Saturday Provides Unique Opportunity

April 14, 2021

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.

This Saturday the Huskers will open their practice to the public. It is an additional opportunity for fans to get a glimpse of the football team in addition to the Red-White Spring Game that is on May 1.

It’s a nice gesture by the Huskers after going the last year without fans being able to attend games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The afternoon will be exciting for fans to see a little bit of what they’ve heard from coaches and players in interviews. There is also a recruiting element to this.

As Scott Frost said this week, “You are probably smart enough to figure out some of the reasons” why Nebraska was doing it since recruits can come on their own. Frost also added it was important to let the fans back around the team and the program after being largely apart the last year.

Recruits around the country are finding their way to various practices and spring games that schools are having. That’s within NCAA rules as long as the prospects don’t have contact with the coaching staff since we are still in a dead period. Nebraska linebacker commit Ernest Hausmann is planning on being in attendance on Saturday.

A lot of fans may be wondering why it’s important for recruits to get a chance to see the Huskers practice. The spring game has always been a draw at Nebraska because recruits get to see something close to an actual game day. But with a practice they get to see the curtain pulled back according to inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud last spring.

“For spring practice, the recruits get to see a day in the life,” Ruud said. “That’s one thing we really sell here. One of the best things Nebraska has going is the facilities, the support system both academically and socially. They get to see that when they come for a practice. Sometimes the lights can blind you a little bit. That’s awesome but really you get to see that seven or eight times a year. This is what we do every day and its good for guys to see that with their own eyes.”

Recruits won’t get to see inside the facilities this Saturday if they are in attendance. What they will get to see is the organization and energy that Nebraska brings to practice. Any time that you can get your program exposed to potential players it’s a good thing.

This is a smart move by many schools around the country. It’s the first step towards what we think will be the end of the dead period on June 1.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers have lined up an official visit with Colorado wide receiver Grant Page for mid-June.

>> There is also an official visit set for late June with Gerogia defensive back Mumu Bin-Wahad.

>> Check out Alabama defensive back Jarrell Stinson running a very fast 100m dash over the weekend.


>> Check out the practice notes from the Husker coordinators and players after Wednesday’s practice.

>> The Huskers vertical passing game is coming along this spring (Premium) with Adrian Martinez making his wideouts look good.

>> Defensive back Myles Farmer is awaiting his opportunity (Premium) after recovering from his injury last season.

>> The Husker volleyball team is excited for the NCAA Tournament despite questions about the conditions.

>> In the latest episode of the Mind Your Own podcast Erin Sorensen and Sausha Durkan want you to just listen because it’s real.

>> We have the video of Will Bolt discussing Nebraska’s bid to host an NCAA baseball regional and more.

>> In this week’s Padding the Stats Jacob Padilla dives into portal paranoia.

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