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.
Nebraska likes to use its practices as selling points with recruits. It can be very beneficial when prospects can come in to check out how the program operates behind closed doors. The Huskers, however, haven’t had players on campus for practices since March of 2020 because of the pandemic and the timing of when the dead period was lifted.
Prior to the dead period going into effect last spring, defensive backs coach Travis Fisher explained why those practice visits are so critical compared to the spring game.
“It’s huge. It’s the way we practice,” Fisher said. “To be honest with you, the spring game is like a party. As far as the reps. Those guys get so many reps in practice that the spring game is not even close. The spring game is for the parents and the fans. What we do when the doors are closed, it’s strictly grind mode. We are there to service the players 100%. We do that every day when we get in contact with them.”
This last week was a quiet period in recruiting. It was permissible for recruits to take in practice Friday and Saturday.
Through the weekend, the Huskers had a handful of prospects visit. Elkhorn South 2023 outside linebacker Maverick Noonan is a priority prospect for Nebraska. The legacy recruit was in Lincoln on Friday checking out Nebraska’s first practice of camp.
— Maverick Noonan (@MaverickNoonan) July 30, 2021
There were also a number of Iowa prospects that made the trip over to Lincoln. The Huskers hosted 2024 athlete Preston Reis on Friday for a visit.
Had a great time in Lincoln Friday! Thank you to @coach_frost @CoachChinander @SeanDillonNU for the informative behind the scenes look at everything! Can’t wait to get to a game this fall. #Huskers #NebraskaFootball #blackshirts #GBR pic.twitter.com/n38MdU0ObT
— Preston Ries (@PrestonRies21) July 31, 2021
Class of 2023 Iowa native Nolan Delong visited too. The two-way standout runs a sub 11-second 100m dash. He’s one of Iowa’s top running backs for his cycle. Delong could end up on the defensive side of the football in college.
— Nolan DeLong (@NolanDelong) July 31, 2021
Another intriguing 2023 Iowa native on campus this weekend was Aidan McDermott. The defensive back (6-2, 185) is a prospect who will be seeing increased attention in the coming months. He’s got a great frame, athleticism and is physical.
— Aidan McDermott (@aidanmmcdermott) July 31, 2021
The Huskers also had a very familiar face on campus this weekend. Teitum Tuioti, a 2023 outside linebacker prospect from Lincoln Southeast, took in practice on Saturday.
— Teitum Tuioti (@TeitumT) July 31, 2021
Tuioti will be one of the most interesting prospects to watch over the next two years. He has a pair of teammates committed to Nebraska currently. Jake Appleget and Gunnar Gottula both say they are hoping to bring him across town to play for the Huskers. His dad is defensive line coach Tony Tuioti so he is plenty familiar with the program. Teitum is up to seven scholarship offers including Ole Miss, Cal and Boise State.
The Huskers were smart to use their early practice start to host some prospects. Teams around the country were using this time to hose recruiting events but because the Huskers play Week Zero they were able to start practice this week. Getting a lot of new prospects around familiar prospects could be a winning formula.
>> North Platte defensive athlete Vince Genatone had a good visit and workout with Kansas.
— Vince Genatone (@genatone_v) July 31, 2021
>> Former Huskers target Jaren Kanak committed to Clemson over the weekend.
— ✞ Jaren Kanak ✞ (@KanakJaren) July 31, 2021
>> Nebraska offensive line target Jake Maikkula committed to Stanford on Saturday night.
— Jake Maikkula (@JakeMaikkula) August 1, 2021
>> Jacob Padilla caught up with former Husker Isaiah Roby (Premium) to get his thoughts on a range of topics.
>> Derek Peterson has a list of 10 questions both large and small for Nebraska football in 2021.
>> With experience and depth the Blackshirts look to raise the bar defensively (Premium) during the 2021 season.
>> A wide-range of prospects of enjoyed the Future50 event (Premium) ahead of the fall football season.
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.