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Nebraska Recruiting: Return of In-Person Recruiting Already Providing New Opportunities

June 02, 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.


Recruiting is back in full force.

Tuesday was a whirlwind day around the college football landscape. Several teams hosted camps the very first day it was allowed. Florida State held a “midnight madness” event to open the doors to the facility at 12:01 a.m. for recruits. Social media was flooded with players taking pictures with coaches at football facilities. The photoshoots in uniforms are back too.

Coaches are back out on the road working at camps. The first full day of the dead period being lifted was a busy one. Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held knew before the spring game that it was going to be a very busy month. Held was out in Florida at the FIU camp on Tuesday.

“Obviously in June, that’s going to be a marathon,” Held said. “I told my wife, ‘I’ll see you in a month,’ because there’s just no way. It’s travel and 18-hour days because we have to make up for so much lost time. Getting kids on official visits, hosting camps, traveling to other camps. Which is awesome though because we’re excited to be able to go out and actually see kids in person and have kids on our campus.”

One big thing that was cool to see right away on Tuesday was all the new scholarship offers prospects around the country received. There were a lot of kids that schools just needed to see work out at camp or privately before extending the scholarship offer. The new private workout rule seemed to be an early hit too.

Nebraska took advantage of that immediately. The Huskers had Lincoln Southeast athlete Jake Appleget on campus Tuesday morning. He did an unofficial visit and private workout. Appleget left campus with a scholarship offer from Nebraska. That is exactly how camp season is supposed to work. Appleget won’t be the last prospect to leave a visit with a scholarship offer this month from Nebraska. It will be interesting to see if the NCAA allows this rule to stay beyond this year. It seems to be beneficial for everyone involved and helps prospects get opportunities.

The start to the first week of the dead period being lifted has been fun. The end of the week will have some Husker excitement too. On Friday we’ll see the return of Friday Night Lights. Nebraska announced on Wednesday that fans will be able to attend four camps this summer.

Both Friday Night Lights events on June 4 and 18 and the 7-on-7 camp on June 13 are open to fans. So is the Adidas Pipeline OL/DL camp on June 19. They are all free to attend.

The end of the dead period was long awaited by prospects, coaches and fans. It’s an exciting time in college football right now around the country. It’s great to see after a tough year for prospects. Most importantly yesterday was a great reminder of the opportunities that prospects have when recruiting is fully operating.

Recruit Watch

>> A group of 2021 signees has arrived in Lincoln. Check them out taking in Memorial Stadium.

>> Husker target Jaren Kanak went down to Clemson and picked up a coveted offer from the Tigers on Tuesday.

>> Oklahoma native and 2022 defensive line target Chris McClellan was offered by Alabama on Tuesday.

>> Quarterback target MJ Morris will announce his college choice on Thursday between Nebraska, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State.

>> The Huskers offered 2023 California wide receiver Rico Flores Jr. recently.

ICYMI

>> Check out the preview of Hail Varsity’s 2021 Nebraska football yearbook featuring Ben Stille on the cover.

>> A pair of big offers started a busy month (Premium) for 2024 Bellevue West quarterback Daniel Kaelin.

>> Derek Peterson kicked off his 10 most intriguing Huskers of 2021 with a local linebacker.

>> Mike Babcock has your preview of the Fayetteville Regional for baseball.

>> In his latest Padding the Stats Jacob Padilla wrote about Naomi Osaka, anxiety and the athlete-media relationship.

>> The offer from Nebraska was a ‘surreal moment’ (Premium) for Lincoln Southeast athlete Jake Appleget.

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