Nebraska tight end coach Sean Beckton speaks t the media after football practice
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Nebraska Recruiting: Silver Lining to a Smaller Class in 2022 Cycle for Huskers

August 04, 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.

We have learned through the years following recruiting that you shouldn’t make early judgements on class size. It’s almost always a moving target for schools. Things change quickly in the world of recruiting. What often starts out as a 17-man class ends up being a full boat of 25 often.

That won’t be the case in Nebraska’s 2022 recruiting cycle. Nebraska is looking at taking somewhere between 13-16 players this cycle. The smart money is betting on that number to be closer to 13 than 16. Nebraska’s tight ends coach Sean Beckton is a very active recruiter on the Huskers’ staff. In his mind, it can be a good thing that the Huskers can’t take many players this cycle.

“It is a challenge but there’s a big pool of kids out there and we have a list of kids,” Beckton said. “You just got to recruit them all. With a small class we can be a little bit more selective on who we’re recruiting. We can do a lot more background. We can take less chances.

“So, I see it as a good thing. We got less guys, that means we’re going to try to focus in on a lot of different characters issues. Making sure we’re not bringing character problems here. Do a better job of technique with watching kids more technique wise. Watching more game film on guys so we can make a better decision on guys as far as their overall talent. So, it’s kind of scaled things down. We still got a big list but we got our targets of guys that we really want to go to.”

The taking less chances on prospects in the 2022 cycle part interests me. Nebraska has had its struggles with attrition during coach Scott Frost’s time in Lincoln. There is one way to help smooth those numbers out. Getting a deeper background check into the prospects you are bringing in helps. Nebraska will also do better as a program when they can develop players over many years. Finding players that are willing to put the time in behind the scenes before moving into bigger roles is key.

If things continue the way they are currently, this Nebraska class will be the lowest-rated class under Frost. Part of that would be class size. It is nearly impossible to rank highly if your class is smaller. The other part of it is that Nebraska has yet to land a four-star prospect in this class. After last year there are plenty of players who need to be re-evaluated. I’ll be curious on where Nebraska’s commit land on the rankings at the end of the season.

Nebraska has won the Big Ten West recruiting crown several times in recent memory. The results on the field haven’t matched. Maybe between the last two cycles this group of coaches has found the right balance between trusting their evaluations and star rankings.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers didn’t make the cut for 4-star defensive line Chris McClellan.

>> Nebraska receiver commit Victor Jones Jr. is ready for his senior season to begin.


>> Check out Hail Varsity’s observations (Premium) from the first open practice of 2021 Nebraska fall camp.

>> Adrian Martinez is ‘night and day’ different as the Huskers work through fall camp.

>> Nebraska’s big tight ends are expected to play a bigger role (Premium) for the Huskers in 2021.

>> You can watch the sights and sounds from Huskers’ fall camp here.

>> Passing touchdowns are a point of emphasis (Premium) for the Huskers with more depth at wide receiver this season.

>> The Mind Your Own podcast discussed how Simone Biles taking a stand made her an even bigger G.O.A.T. this week.

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