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.
Recruits and their families notice the little things. That's to be expected when a high school prospect is making a decision that will change their life but every once in a while, you are reminded of just how much they (and their families) are watching on a given Saturday.
Case in point, offensive coordinator Troy Walters experienced one of those moments firsthand in Nebraska's matchup with Minnesota.
"It's always fun when you're ahead," Walters said on Wednesday. "I thought it was good that we got ahead, we started fast and maintained that momentum for the most part. We faced some adversity, they made a run and cut it to 6 but there was no panic on the sideline.
"In fact, one of the recruit's dad noticed the demeanor on the sideline. That impressed him tremendously even when they made that run. He watched the Northwestern game and knew when they came back, so he wanted to see how we responded as a team. He didn't see any heads hanging low or any negativity on the sideline. That was a good test for us to pass and I think it gave us more confidence that if we do get a lead and they come back, we're able to finish. That's a good thing to see."
Yes, Walters walked away pleased with how Nebraska responded to adversity on Saturday. The way the team handled its business also appears to be inspiring confidence within the parents of recruits as well.
I’ve said before that multiple recruits and parents have told me that quarterback Adrian Martinez has also become a big positive in Nebraska’s recruiting. It’s only a matter of time before more players join the class of 2019, especially as more positive steps are taken (and noticed) by the program.
When it comes to recruiting, everything you do matters.
>> Nehemiah Pritchett, a 2019 3-star defensive back, released his top seven yesterday. That included Nebraska. It would not surprise me if he ended up taking a visit to Lincoln.
>> Nebraska defensive end/outside linebacker commit Garrett Nelson released his highlights from this year and it made linebacker commit Nick Henrich take notice.
— Nick Henrich (@nickhenrich_42) October 24, 2018
>> Hayden Conner, a 2021 offensive tackle, will end up being one of the top tackle prospects in the country in his class. He already holds an offer from Nebraska and has been to campus multiple times. He will be back for the Illinois game. He will bring along a couple of his teammates, offensive lineman Bryce Foster and running back Casey Shorter.
>> Ben Stille explained his decision to decline a Blackshirt.
>> Nebraska soccer earned a Big Ten Tournament berth on Wednesday.
>> The “no block, no rock” mentality is taking shape in the Huskers’ offense.
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.