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.
Even though Nebraska fans are well aware of inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud from his playing days, he was a bit of an unknown when it came to his recruiting skills when he first got the job in Lincoln. All of that quickly changed and I’d now consider Ruud one of the better recruiters on Coach Scott Frost’s staff.
Even so, last year was just his first season recruiting as a full-time assistant. How would Ruud assess his comfort level with recruiting heading into Year 2?
“It’s probably like players going from Year 1 to Year 2. Definitely the more you do something the better you get,” Ruud said. “Going out on the road and meeting new coaches, being around new high school programs, getting to be in living rooms with recruits, I think you definitely get more comfortable with that the more you do it. Then you also get a little more comfortable about how you want to evaluate players, what you’re looking for, who you feel like you can target and actually get versus who’s just a good player that you really have no chance for, that sort of thing.
“You get better at that as you go, the more time you spend at it.”
Ruud seemed plenty comfortable in the 2019 recruiting class. He helped snag linebacker Jackson Hannah out of Tennessee and was a big part of the recruiting of Colorado natives Luke McCaffrey and Michael Lynn.
It’s been well documented that Ruud went 5-for-5 with in-state scholarship players in 2019, too. Ruud spoke about what that felt like to land those in-state players.
“It feels good, I hope I can do that again,” Ruud said. “I guess at times you feel it’s the easiest job being the in-state recruiter but at times it’s the hard job because you don’t want to ever lose a guy from the state, that’s my biggest thing. If you have a guy that we feel is good enough to play at Nebraska, we don’t ever want to lose a kid to a competitor.
“The guys who are in-state that are really good players, we want them to make sure that they’re playing for Nebraska.”
Now all Ruud has to do in 2020 for an encore is secure heavily-recruited in-state wide receivers and find the next Jackson Hannah. Easier said than done, but don’t count out Ruud’s ability to pull it off.
>> Art Green, a top junior college cornerback and Nebraska target, picked up an offer from Mississippi State on Thursday.
— JuCo Football Forer (@JuCoFootballACE) March 21, 2019
>> Brian Branch, a 4-star cornerback from Georgia, picked up an offer from Nebraska.
>> Another Huskers JUCO CB target, Marco Domio, picked up an offer from Auburn.
— Marco Domio 🦍 (@MDomio_) March 21, 2019
>> Jacob Padilla has your gamer from Nebraska’s gritty NIT win over Butler.
>> Nebraska’s Johnny Trueblood has a decision to make, writes Erin Sorensen.
>> Take a look at the NIT win in pictures through John Peterson’s lens.
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.