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Nebraska Recruiting: Scott Frost Explains Tight 2022 Numbers Ahead of Husker Season

August 22, 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.

One of the biggest storylines of the current recruiting cycle is how many players will be in Nebraska’s 2022 class. A combination of factors has gotten us here.

The team was already young after Nebraska redshirted so many players from the 2019 class. The 2020 season then had some unintended consequences. The frozen year of eligibility is the leading factor in why Nebraska will have a small class in the 2022 cycle. That has thrown Nebraska’s scholarship numbers off. This season Nebraska’s “super seniors” also don’t count against the 85-man scholarship limit. That will change moving forward, causing a waiting game for Nebraska.

“We’ve got to wait and see,” Coach Scott Frost said. “Every kid on our roster got another year. Every kid on everybody’s roster got an extra year. Some will use it, some won’t. So, we’re not really sure how many spots we have for next year yet. We’re going to be very wise and judicious about that.”

There has been a lot of focus on Nebraska taking a small class as a negative. Less spots for new blood to come into the program in the traditional way seems bad at first glance. It could present a problem for the Huskers down the road but Frost sees a benefit in the short term.

“I hope we can keep some of these kids around here for a long time,” Frost said. “We got some really good young players. Giving them an extra year sure makes it look nice. We have a lot of technically freshmen on the roster right now because our sophomores are freshmen. Our freshmen are freshmen are redshirt freshmen are freshmen. We still have a young team but it’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out with the numbers.”

How we view Nebraska as a “young team” moving forward will need to adjust. Yes, the team will have a lot of underclassmen this year and even next year. Right tackle Bryce Benhart is technically a freshman this season. It’s also his third year in the program and he has a season starting under his belt.

There is a wildcard in how things shake out with the numbers. Schools still don’t have guidance from the NCAA. We don’t know for sure how players that take advantage of the extra season will count against scholarship numbers in the future. It is widely assumed that there will be no change to the numbers in the future. Let’s say Adrian Martinez decides to use his extra year in 2022. It would count against Nebraska’s scholarship total. Also, the Huskers only have eight players on the roster that are seniors.

The Huskers are determining the final scholarship numbers for the 2022 class. Plenty of factors will determine the end result. Keep something else in mind. Its easier for Nebraska to keep the number at 13 now and expand to 16. Going the other way if more players commit than the team can take is more difficult.

Recruit Watch

>> Georgia defensive back Nathan Vail committed to Duke over the weekend. Vail visited Nebraska in June.

>> Tight end Austin Jablonski has entered his name into the transfer portal.

>> Nebraska defensive back target Adrian Brown Jr. was offered by Michigan on Sunday.


>> The Huskers welcomed back fans to the Devaney Center for the Red-White Scrimmage on Saturday night.

>> Nebraska football named it’s four captains for the 2021 football season.

>> One of those captains, Austin Allen, was profiled by Jacob Padilla in this year’s Hail Varsity Yearbook.

>> Check out the photo gallery from Eric Francis at the Red-White scrimmage.

>> Columbus High School is blending new players (Premium) ahead of a challenging start to the 2021 season.

>> Competitions continue, fabulous freshmen (Premium) and calming nerves were the subject of Jacob Padilla’s volleyball notebook.

>> Brandon Vogel is here to tell us what the odds are telling us about Nebraska versus Illinois.

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