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Nebraska Recruiting: Preseason Polls Are Here so Let’s Discuss What It All Means

July 25, 2022

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Hail Varsity recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


Football season is officially here.

Well, sort of.

Big Ten Media Days kick off on Tuesday, which means the 12th annual cleveland.com preseason poll has also arrived. If that doesn’t scream football season, what does?

Anyway, Nebraska was picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten West by 36 voters. Wisconsin, on the other hand, was tabbed in first place with 31 first-place votes. Iowa followed with three first-place votes.

Here’s how the West looks:

1. Wisconsin (31 first-place votes) 246 points

2. Iowa (3) 198

3. Minnesota (2) 162

4. Purdue 153

5. Nebraska 123

6. Illinois 65

7. Northwestern 61

Now, you may be asking yourself what this has to do with recruiting and the answer is simple: nothing really. But you can make anything about recruiting if you try hard enough, because the outcome of a team’s season could have an impact on its recruiting class. That’s especially true when the pressure is high on a team entering a season with high expectations to turn things around.

In Nebraska’s case, coach Scott Frost is entering a make-or-break year for the Huskers. He’s revamped his offensive staff, hit the portal to hopefully find players that can make an immediate impact and has made some big strides for the 2023 recruiting class. Now all that is left is to put the whole thing together.

But Nebraska did finish the 2021 season 3-9 (and 1-8 in the Big Ten). That follows a 3-5 seasoning 2020, a 5-7 season in 2019 and a 4-8 season in 2018. The trust just isn’t there to rank the Huskers higher than where they are, but that doesn’t mean things can’t be turned around. With 33 new scholarship players on the roster, there’s plenty to be excited about in 2022.

And depending on how things go, it will absolutely have an affect on Nebraska’s 2023 recruiting class. If things go well, the class likely stays in tact with how it has shaped up so far while adding wide receiver Malachi Coleman to the mix in October. If things don’t go so well, it might be an entirely different story. Could we see de-commitments and loss of interest? It’s always possible, especially if the head coach’s job isn’t solid heading into the end of the season.

All in all, you can take preseason polls however you wish. They are a guesstimate, so to say, because no one actually knows what’s going to happen. You can take a pretty good guess as to who will fall toward the top and who will fall toward the bottom, but it’s never a perfect science.

For now, Nebraska is pegged toward the bottom of the Big Ten West. What does it mean for the future? We’ll see. What does it mean for the 2023 recruiting class? Probably nothing.

That’s how those things go right now.

Recruit Watch

>> There’s a lot of peer recruiting happening on Twitter right now for 2023 edge Cameron Lenhardt. He is all but on commitment watch at this point, and it seems Nebraska’s current commits are doing what they can to ensure he selects the Huskers when the day comes.

ICYMI

>> Linebacker Luke Reimer made the watch list for the Butkus Award, the first Huskers‘ player to make one of the lists announced so far.

>> Maybe while watching Big Ten media days this week, you’ll ask yourself, “What’s that team’s deal?” These one-line previews are meant to help.

>> Nebraska volleyball has announced its Fan Day date, which coincides with the Red-White Scrimmage.

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