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Nebraska Recruiting: Recruits Await Nebraska’s Decision on Head Coach

November 10, 2022

The national early signing period looms for Division I football programs. There’s just over a month left before recruits can sign their letters of intent and join their college programs in the spring semester.

Nebraska has until December 23 to sell the program to recruits to get them to sign in the early period. The Huskers’ 2023 recruiting class stands at 15 commitments as of November 10, which isn’t inherently bad comparing to Ole Miss’ 13 known recruits. Athletic director Trev Alberts said in his September 11 press conference when he announced the coaching change that he’d take transfer portal and signing periods into consideration on a timeline for a new coaching hire.

“We need to take as long as it takes to find the right leader,” Alberts said nearly two months ago. “So is there an ideal timeline? Sure. You could naturally look at some of these timelines – early signing date – and say it would be really nice to be able to get the person in place by then, because it would allow us to do that.

“We won’t make decisions or rush things just to get a coach hired. We’re also not going to try to win the press conference. At the end of the day, we need to hire the right leader and the right fit, and that’s a really important thing here, as well.”

Some recruits are waiting until Nebraska announces its new head football coach. There are numerous recruits leaning to Nebraska but awaiting the coaching staff announcement.

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Among the list of national prospects in the waiting category is JT Fayard. The quarterback from Foster High School in Texas threw for 1,861 yards and 20 touchdowns before losing last week. There’s also running back Sergio Snider (Texas), lineman Jr Sia (Utah), lineman David Borchers (Iowa), linebacker Jierra Johnson (New Orleans) and cornerback Ryan Robinson Jr. (New Orleans).

Nebraska is also competing with national powers for Ainsworth 8-man standout Carter Nelson. The 4-star tight end/athlete prospect just picked up a scholarship offer from Notre Dame this week. Tack that offer onto a growing list that includes Penn State, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Kansas State and a multitude of others in addition to Nebraska. On3.com lists him as the 12th-ranked tight end in the country for the 2024 recruiting class.

Nelson tallied 1,949 all-purpose yards on the shortened 8-man field with 41 tackles and six interceptions. He scored 40 all-purpose offensive touchdowns, throwing, running and receiving.

Nebraska is also competing for a multitude of prospects at Omaha Westside who will compete in the state semifinals this weekend. That includes senior Jaylen Lloyd, junior Damon Benning and sophomore Christian Jones. In the other Class A semifinal is a battle of Creighton Prep and Gretna. Nebraska’s secured commitments from Creighton Prep’s Sam Sledge and a preferred walk-on role for Gretna’s Korver Demma. The Huskers also offered lineman Mason Goldman and quarterback Zane Flores. Flores remains committed to Oklahoma State and Goldman is not committed.

ICYMI

>> Interim head coach Mickey Joseph confirmed Casey Thompson is out for Saturday’s game against Michigan. Who starts in his place, Chubba Purdy or Logan Smothers, is a game-time decision.

>> Nebraska’s volleyball team secured the No. 1 recruiting class in the country on Wednesday.

>> The Nebraska women’s basketball team also bolstered its recruiting class earlier this week on signing day.

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