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Nebraska Recruiting: Should the Huskers be on Alert For More Decommitments?

October 25, 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 thoughts around decommitments.

Nebraska defensive end commitment Hayden Schwartz left the 2022 class last week. This week’s question came from the news. Schwartz was the second player to leave the class, which is a big deal since the Huskers don’t plan to take more than 13-15 recruits this cycle. The question is what do these losses mean for Nebraska’s class and is this sign of things to come for the program?

Losing players from a recruiting class is an unfortunate reality of college football recruiting. How big those losses are is largely a matter of perception. The perceived lack of options to replace them is leading to frustration in the fan base. Nebraska has zero offensive line and defensive line commits right now for the 2022 class. We are nearing the start of November so we are almost six weeks from the December signing period. That’s not a great look.

Beyond that, the Huskers haven’t hosted a player at either position for an official visit this season. There have been four home games so far in the 2021 season. Nebraska has hosted a pair of official visitors. One, Victor Jones Jr., was already a commit when he visited. The other was Ka’eo Akana who was committed to Boise State when he visited. The lack of clear interest from recruits to visit is causing a rising level of panic among fans.

That panic could end up being for nothing if the Huskers rally to finish the class strong. The team could have a few prospects that are being talked to that we don’t know about. No one had Akana on the radar as a potential official visitor until it was reported a few days before. The team wants to make it to 13-14 commits by the early signing period. The rest of the commits have likely not visited campus yet. That will make for a wild finish to the class, though.

The key thing to watch moving forward is how the team performs. As I’ve written here and we have talked about in the videos the team performance weighs heavily this cycle. Now that we are this far into Frost’s tenure mounting losses can’t be pinned on needing different players. It now becomes a question on if Frost is the coach to get best out of potential recruits. A bad finish to the season could cause more of the eight remaining commits for the 2022 class to look around.

Time will tell how this shakes out for the Huskers. One thing is true and we knew it coming into the season. The Huskers need to win games.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers are safely in the top 11 for priority 2023 quarterback target Reese Mooney. The signal-caller also has a decision date.

>> Nebraska is in the top 12 for Snow College defensive back Keionte Scott.

>> Nebraska JUCO defensive line target Jeffrey M’ba was offered by Florida on Sunday. M’ba is fresh off a trip to Miami over the weekend.

ICYMI

>> The Huskers opened as a 7-point favorite over Purdue this weekend.

>> In his latest column, Derek Peterson asks what Nebraska can do to inspire confidence over the final four games.

>> Jacob Padilla is kicking off his 2021-22 Nebraska basketball previews with lead ball handlers.

>> Bryce McGowens is ready to make his Husker debut in the upcoming exhibition games.

>> Nebraska volleyball climbed back to No. 6 in the latest coaches poll.

>> I’ve got your notes from the hallway (Premium) during Monday’s availability including why the team is frustrated but not checked out.

>> Nebraska basketball is looking to shake off rust and solidify roles during the exhibition games.

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