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Nebraska Recruiting: Relaxed Rules Allow for More Creativity in Contacting Prospects

November 21, 2021

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.


You may have missed a nice change in recruiting rules last week. It’s been a busy time around Husker football with a lot of changes happening and more to come. While the program starts the Frost Era 2.0, there is also a season left to finish. Something went under the radar last week as a result. The NCAA gave new guidelines giving college coaches more freedom in how they recruit.

As the NCAA attempts to modernize Division I rules, coaches are now allowed to mention high school teams publicly or geotag the schools while recruiting off campus. That means that when coach Scott Frost goes out to recruit, he can mention the schools by name that he visits. It’s not a surprise that coaches are already taking advantage of that part of the rule. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin tweeted that he would attend an Isidore Newman football game to watch the No. 1 quarterback in the 2023 class, Arch Manning.

College coaches were not allowed to endorse any noninstitutional athletic events. That included a prospect’s team, coach or athletic facility. I’ll be very interested to see how much Nebraska utilizes that part of the relaxed rules. Frost hasn’t been aggressive about going out to high school football games during his tenure. It would be a little surprising if he also wanted to publicize the places he was going. It depends on what he values as part of the recruiting process. Schools have found creative ways to get the message out on where they are visiting for years. That’s not been the way that Frost operates so we will see if that changes.

Another part of the rule changes is significant. It will allow programs to create personalized videos for recruiting purposes. Athletic creative departments were restricted from personalizing video or audio sent to recruits. It had to follow production specifications outlined by the NCAA. The Huskers are already on top of that one. Here’s a video done for Lincoln East 2023 athlete Malachi Coleman.

This is going to be the biggest rule change of all. Fans will see a direct impact of this rule change. Nebraska’s creative team will work hard to create an advantage in recruiting for the Huskers. Having the ability to create a personalized video for a prospect is an opportunity college coaches will look to take advantage of as much as possible. We’ve talked in previous recruiting question of the week videos that creative teams have become so important. This adds another layer.

There are other smaller rule changes that make sense. Media members can now be present during a recruiting visit with coaches after a prospect has signed a letter of intent. I can’t see how that would even be used much. There is a small window between when players sign a letter of intent and has on-campus contact with a staff.

Something else is neat though. Coaches can now send group texts and emails to many prospects at once. This could be a really interesting way to introduce recruits, orr for coaches to answer questions during peer recruiting.

These new relaxed rules are good. Everything makes sense as recruiting evolves. The NCAA has removed unnecessary restrictions and burdens on schools. That is always a good thing.

Recruit Watch

>> Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander took advantage of the new rules by shouting out Lewis Central High School for winning the state championship.

>> Nebraska 2023 quarterback target Reese Mooney committed to Vanderbilt on Sunday.

>> Bellevue West 2024 wide receiver Dae/vonn Hall was offered by Missouri.

>> Priority 2023 outside linebacker target Tausili Akana was offered by Alabama on Sunday.

ICYMI

>> As Brandon Vogel wrote, the proof of concept and the flaw both emerged again for Nebraska in one game.

>> Braelon Allen and Wisconsin’s run game tested (Premium) Nebraska’s defense on Saturday.

>> Despite an impressive offensive outing, Nebraska reverted back to the team it has been at the worst time, writes Steve Marik.

>> Nebraska landed a commitment from dual-sport athlete Maggie Mendelson on Saturday.

>> Jaz Shelley recorded a triple-double in the Huskers’ blowout win.

>> The play of the game (Premium) was Nebraska’s fourth-and-20 incompletion.

>> Check out the photo gallery from the football game as the Huskers fell short again.

>> The 3-8 Huskers opened as a four-point favorite against 9-2 Iowa in the season finale.

>> Adrian Martinez broke records but the wins still aren’t there (Premium) for the Huskers.

>> Nebraska’s backups made plays in a loss to Wisconsin.

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