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.
Spring football is upon us for the Huskers. It was a quick but busy offseason for the Huskers. Close to 30 scholarship players were added to the roster and the program has a new offensive staff. It is a critical fifth season upcoming for coach Scott Frost as he looks to get the program to a bowl game.
There are a lot of things that we know and don’t know with the football team and the storylines are plentiful on the field this spring. What about with recruiting? There are a few things that stand out to me that the Huskers should look to do this spring with their recruiting efforts.
The Huskers do have momentum right now on the recruiting trail. The 2023 class is off to a hot start with five prospects in the class. The foundation of the class is being built nicely. There are three in-state players in the class with tight end Benjamin Brahmer, offensive linemen Gunnar Gottula and Sam Sledge all committed. That gives the Huskers three of the top Nebraskans this cycle. Florida defensive back Dwight Bootle is another legacy prospect from a talent-rich area. Nebraska’s most recent commit, William “Pop” Watson, gives the program its 2023 quarterback.
Let’s say the team can gain a few more commitments through the spring. That would be ideal to keep the ball rolling. That would be especially true if the Huskers can gain verbal commitment from either wide receiver Malachi Coleman or defensive end Maverick Noonan. It’s unclear if either is close to deciding but locking those two in early would ease a lot of concerns.
Another thing the program needs to do this spring is get prospects on campus. Since the team has a strong base to the class, it can now focus on casting a wide net of bringing in 2023 and 2024 prospects. Prospects always enjoy getting to be around for Nebraska practices. It’s a great chance to see how the team operates behind closed doors. The Huskers will host at least one Junior Day event in March that will be beneficial to the recruiting efforts. Those events were key in January for the Huskers.
There are a lot of moving parts on the Huskers’ roster right now. The team has to integrate so many new players into the program. Evaluating what the team has will be critical for the staff. That won’t just be important for 2023 recruiting. How certain position groups progress (or not) this spring will determine how many more transfers the team needs this summer. The portal is always busy so players will be available if the team needs an upgrade.
Things are going well right now with the 2023 class for the Huskers. Continuing the momentum while bringing in new players for visits will be key this spring. The Huskers start spring football on Feb. 28.
>> The Huskers have begun sending out Junior Day invites for March 5. This one went out to Iowa 2023 lineman Luke Reth
— Luke Reth (@RethLuke) February 24, 2022
>> Class of 2023 Missouri athlete Jeremiyah Love was offered by Minnesota.
Blessed to receive an offer from the university of Minnesota 🙏🏾A.G.T.G 🚨@UMcoachburns @GopherFootball @ScottPingel10 @CBCHighSchool @CBCFootball @247Sports @AllenTrieu @JPRockMO @NateLatsch @Rivals @BlairRIVALS @GSV_STL pic.twitter.com/z3x6ORm2Id
— Jeremiyah Love (@JeremiyahLove) February 24, 2022
>> Jaz Shelley’s four threes helped the Huskers to a road win at Wisconsin on Wednesday night.
>> Jacob Padilla has five thoughts on Wednesday’s Subdistrict Finals at Omaha Skutt.
>> Nebraska baseball is looking for a better showing at base-stealing No. 17 TCU.
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.