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.
It was a busy time for Nebraska on the recruiting trail in June. We knew this would shape the future of the 2023 recruiting class. There were several official visits planned and Nebraska hosted camps. The official visit part of that equation is significant for many reasons. The Huskers are coming off the 2022 recruiting class where summer officials did not yield many positives for the program.
The Huskers used 19 summer official visits for the 2022 recruiting class. The team only signed Chase Androff, Jake Appleget and Richard Torres from that group. The team recalibrated the strategy around summer officials and doubled-down on utilizing them. Senior director of player personnel Vince Guinta signaled this in the spring when he told reporters how much he liked summer officials and how much value he saw in them.
The Huskers backed that up by hosted nearly 30 official visitors in June. The cycle isn’t over but the program is already off to a better start landing commitments than last year. The team has netted five commitments from players that visited this summer. Wide receiver Jaidyn Doss kicked things off for the Huskers when he committed the night of the first Friday Night Lights camp. Doss (6-1, 195) picked the Huskers because of the feeling he got with the program.
“Honestly, it just felt comfortable to me,” Doss said. “When I went there on the visits we all felt comfortable. Everybody treated me nice and they all treated me like family. They made the environment comfortable for me made it livable so that’s what made me commit.”
The Huskers have been on a nice streak after that picking up commitments each week.
Scottsbluff offensive lineman Brock Knutson committed to Nebraska a few days after Doss. Knutson became the third offensive lineman of the recruiting class. He also became the third offensive lineman from Nebraska in the class. The next player to join the class this month was Texas defensive lineman Riley Van Poppel. The defender had Nebraska high on his list since he visit in the spring. His relationship with defensive front coach Mike Dawson was a big factor in his decision.
“That guy, he’s a mix of everything,” Van Poppel said. “He is a great guy, great person to talk to. He’s friendly and he’s also high energy. He is one of the most high energy guys I’ve ever been around. That’s great in a coach especially the defensive line spot. It was great to get around him.”
Colorado inside linebacker Hayden Moore was the next to join the class after Van Poppel. It’s important for the Huskers to pick up players from the border state. They already have knowledge of Nebraska, it’s closer to home than Pac-12 schools and the state produces good talent. When Moore was in Lincoln there was a feeling that stood out to the defender.
“The way that the players interact with each other stood out,” Moore said. “I just thought especially the defensive culture, it’s really something I haven’t seen anywhere else. They have their own identity which is pretty cool. That’s really the biggest thing stood out for me.”
Elkhorn South EDGE Maverick Noonan committed to Nebraska on June 24. The timing was right for the legacy prospect to join Nebraska’s recruiting class as he told Hail Varsity the day he committed.
“It just feels good to stay closer to home and I get to see my family more often,” Noonan said. “I felt like Nebraska was the best school for me so that’s why I chose it in the end.”
June was a very successful month for Nebraska on the recruiting trail. The team is still in good position for a number of other prospects that visited during the month. The Huskers will hope to keep the momentum going deeper into the summer.
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— Mekhai White (@mekhai_white) June 29, 2022
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— Riley Van Poppel (@Riley_VanPoppel) June 28, 2022
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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.