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Nebraska Recruiting: Short and Long-Term Impact of NCAA’s One-Year Waiver for Huskers

October 11, 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.


The questions never stop in the recruiting world. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something to talk about so we have been taking reader and listener suggestions on questions. I then answer the questions in a quick video. For this week’s topic we are diving into a question that very topical.

This week’s question is all about the NCAA’s new rule allowing a one-year waiver of signing and initial counter limits to allow schools to replace up to seven football student-athletes who leave school in the first term. Thank you to Theo on Twitter for the question.

The short-term answer is that this won’t impact Nebraska’s 2022 recruiting class. Having a waiver allowing teams to replace up to seven players who leave during the first term of the semester is good, yet it isn’t going to loosen the numbers for this cycle. Nebraska is going to have to be capped at about 14 recruits this cycle either way. We are seven games into the 2022 season for Nebraska. We still don’t have a read on which players will consider returning for an extra season next year. That is a key factor to remember. If Adrian Martinez or Cam Taylor-Britt return, it will count against Nebraska’s scholarship count in 2022. There are several other players in the same spot right now for Nebraska.

That combined with the youth on Nebraska’s team has the Huskers in a tough spot for this cycle. Nebraska was already a young team. The eligibility freeze from 2020 made things even tighter with the numbers.

This is a way this rule can help Nebraska moving forward. The Huskers were hit hard in 2020 with transfers. Multiple players left the Huskers before appearing in a game for Nebraska. Jaiden Francois, Henry Gray and Keyshawn Greene all departed the program quickly. Marcus Fleming and Ronald Delancy III left the program too. They waited until during the season.

Something did need to be done to balance out players’ ability to leave schools and compete immediately somewhere else. Players move so often in college football now. There did need to be a rule in place so that programs could use their scholarship allotment.

Those types of departures from a program can put a real strain on your roster management. Having this new rule in place is more of a safeguard in the future should that problem arise again. The Huskers get so many players from states not near Nebraska. So, homesickness can hit quickly.

It does interest me that the NCAA said in the announcement of this rule that it is a temporary solution. The committee is going to work on a more permanent solution immediately. The rule does go into effect immediately for the 2022-23 academic year.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska legacy 2023 defensive end target Maverick Noonan was at Iowa this weekend for the Hawkeyes’ big win.

>> Recent 2023 Husker offer out of Illinois Charles Jagusah was offered by Tennessee this weekend.

>> Check out the edit the Huskers made for 2023 offensive line commit Gunnar Gottula.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska’s top 2023 quarterback target Reese Mooney is closing in on a decision (Premium) after his visit to Lincoln.

>> Coach Scott Frost confirmed Teddy Prochazka is out for the season and we have other news and notes from his press conference on Monday.

>> Here at Nebraska it’s the waiting that is the hardest part, writes Derek Peterson.

>> Nebraska volleyball moved up in the AVCA poll and RPI after a 2-0 week.

>> Adrian Martinez is looking to turn statistical success into more wins starting with Minnesota this weekend.

>> I’ve got your news and notes from the hallway on Monday (Premium) including the players reflecting on how a lighter Monday helps them prepare.

>> Scott Frost is taking more of “grown-up” team (Premium) into Minnesota this weekend.

>> Steve Marik has five plays you might have missed from Saturday’s game (Premium) on the rewatch.

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