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Nebraska Recruiting: Relentless Recruiter Bill Busch Paying off for Huskers

May 24, 2022

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.


When you add coaches to your staff, you hope it doesn’t take long for them to make an impact.

That has certainly been the case with Nebraska’s new full-time special teams coach Bill Busch. The Nebraska native joined the staff last year as an analyst helping Mike Dawson with special teams. He’s valuable to have on staff but there was a problem with that analyst role. Busch was unable to utilize his best and most consistent skill: recruiting. Analyst’s aren’t allowed on the road to recruit or to be on the phone with recruits.

The staff was reorganized on the field and behind the scenes this offseason. That has helped the program according to coach Scott Frost.

“We got a lot better as a staff from a recruiting standpoint, just the effort that those guys put in,” Frost said on Sports Nightly last month. “One or two more special players can make a difference and those guys are really doing what they need to do to get those guys in. Bill is experienced at it, he’s recruited to a lot of different places and he’s recruited to Lincoln before. He works as hard at it as anybody I’ve been around.”

The new additions are already paying off for the Huskers. Busch has been among the new coaches working hard this offseason to find talent for the Huskers. We started to see the start of that this spring when more players from Kansas and Missouri visited the Huskers. Then we saw something new that will seem small but was a big deal for Nebraska.

A couple weekends ago the Huskers got a pair of 2024 prospects—BJ Canady and Andrew Sprague—on campus for quick unofficial visits. Both players were involved with a basketball tournament in Lincoln. Busch is the lead recruiter on them and convinced them to stop over at the facility to meet the staff.

That’s an extra layer of effort that starts to add up. It’s a way to develop deep relationships with prospects to make them feel wanted by the school. Busch’s reputation for being a relentless recruiter dates back to his time in Lincoln in 2007. Relationships are always key in recruiting.

“Well, it’s changed a little bit, but I still say this, ‘recruiting is recruiting’,” Busch said. “What I always try to do first thing out of the gate is to have likeability. Try to get the recruit to like you. That way you can talk to him. That way they answer your call. That way they text you back. That gives you a chance to get things going for us.”

The Huskers also had a big official visit over May 20 weekend that Busch played a large role in. Three of the four visitors were prep prospects that he’s the lead recruiter on. Cayden Green (Missouri) Jaidyn Doss (Missouri) and Dylan Edwards (Kansas) were all in town for official visits. Both Green and Doss visited Nebraska during spring footall. Those previous visits helped set the stage for official visits.

Busch’s early work being able to get back on the road and phones for the Huskers is already helpful. The Huskers have to land some of these players to make a full judgement. Based on the early returns that is a matter of when not if they land some of Busch’s targets.

Recruit Watch

>> Another official has been locked in. The Huskers are all set to host Texas defensive lineman Riley Van Poppel for a June official visit.

>> The Huskers made the top seven for Texas defensive back Chance Rucker.

>> Nebraska also made the top ten for Texas defensive lineman Ashton Porter.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska continued to add talent to the skill positions with former Texas wide receiver Marcus Washington on Tuesday.

>> Due to a helium shortage there will be no balloon release at Husker football games in 2022.

>> Nebraska women’s basketball will have plenty of expectations next season with its core returning.

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