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.
Throughout the year there are various times where it is natural to provide a check in on where the Huskers rank in the conference in recruiting. The dawn of fall camp for the Huskers which begins June 30 is one of those points. The start of Big Ten Media Days this week also marks the unofficial end to the offseason.
The Huskers faced an important stretch during June. Nebraska desperately needed to get some momentum on the recruiting trail. The end of the dead period at the start of the month allowing official visits to happen was great for the program. The team entered June with two commitments. Now the commitment list is at eight. Each of the six commitments this summer took an official visit to Nebraska during June.
Nebraska wasn’t the only team picking up commitments this summer around the league. Before spring ball the Huskers ranked 11th in the conference rankings per 247Sports. Here is the full picture of where things stood pre-spring.
1) Ohio State- 11 commits
2) Penn State- 8 commits
3) Rutgers- 9 commits
4) Michigan- 7 commits
5) Maryland- 8 commits
6) Minnesota- 5 commits
7) Michigan State- 5 commits
8) Iowa- 2 commits
9) Purdue- 2 commits
10) Northwestern- 1 commit
11) Nebraska- 1 commit
12) Wisconsin- 1 commit
13) Illinois- 1 commit
14) Indiana 1 commit
Now that we’ve had official visits, private work outs and camp that picture has changed. That change relative to the rest of the conference has not been great for Nebraska. Here are the current rankings per 247Sports.
1) Ohio State- 17 commits
2) Penn State- 20 commits
3) Michigan- 16 commits
4) Rutgers- 15 commits
5) Indiana- 13 commits
6) Northwestern- 15 commits
7) Michigan State- 15 commits
8) Illinois- 15 commits
9) Wisconsin- 11 commits
10) Minnesota- 13 commits
11) Purdue- 13 commits
12) Maryland- 12 commits
13) Iowa- 8 commits
14) Nebraska- 8 commits
There are a few things that jump out to me about this. You’ll notice that every team in the league gained several commitments from the spring through the summer. Indiana gained 12 and shot up the conference rankings. Many teams picked up double-digits commitments. That’s part of why Nebraska gaining six this summer doesn’t feel like a lot compared to the conference.
The Huskers sitting in last place currently is surprising. That’s due to a combination of things. Nebraska is tied with Iowa for the fewest commits in the league. That’s always going to drive your overall ranking down. The Huskers are also one of four teams in the league without a four-star commit at this time.
This snapshot of where the Huskers are currently paints a bleak picture for the 2022 cycle. While it’s not great, things can change quickly. The Huskers are still in it with uncommitted targets that visited in June. Flip candidates will emerge. The season also looms large. Better results on the field and game day official visits would provide a boost.
Nothing is set in stone yet. There is work to be done for Nebraska. A top half of the league finish in the December recruiting rankings is still in reach.
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— Chase “Simba” Carter (@JiggyCdot) July 20, 2021
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— Joshua white (@bigJdub19) July 20, 2021
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— Beni Ngoyi (@beni_ngoyi) July 21, 2021
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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.