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Nebraska Recruiting: Staff Overhaul Could Cause 2022 Cycle Reset

November 10, 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.


In the wake of Nebraska’s big news on Monday, a lot of things will change. A lot of questions also arise when a program announces that a coach will return for a fifth season with lackluster results. Add in a restructured contract and more questions get thrown in the mix. When four offensive assistant coaches are fired that throws everything into a tailspin.

“We’ve come so close in so many games, it’s hard to think we can keep doing the exact same things and get over the top,” Coach Scott Frost said. “It’s not any person’s fault, sometimes there just needs to be a little different voice and maybe little changes that can make a difference. The timing was tough, in the middle of the season, but everything is going to move really fast here after the season with recruiting and signing day. It’s important to get guys in place to help get those things done.”

There have been a lot of questions and discussion about what this all means for recruiting. Frost would like to have new coaches in place to help secure the 2022 recruiting class. The team will also need a bevy of transfers to help boost the team next season too.

Time is of the essence. But what if Nebraska can’t get those new pieces in place that fast? We have to at least consider that. Nebraska is a struggling program right now. It needs to convince four coaches to join to turn things around. Frost noted that the time table to make the moves is difficult. He’s identifying guys that are still in jobs right now. Nebraska is searching for its third offensive coordinator to work under Frost. He wants to make that hire first which is the best path to take.

If that process doesn’t go as smoothly as possible then what happens to recruiting? Then every thing likely gets put on pause. Frost would have to spend more time convincing the offensive commits that a hire was coming soon. There is a pitch for those five offensive players committed. Not much will change with the offense and all the things they liked about Nebraska were still in place. That could land for Frost.

The part that would be trickier would be convincing transfers. First, it would be tough to identify which transfers were needed. There is one underrated part of Nebraska moving forward with a new offensive staff. New eyes might see things differently. They might also be able to help some current players reach their potential. New coaches could change the priorities of which positions are needed from the transfer portal. That will take some film study before recruiting players to join the Huskers.

Any delay in hiring once the season ends could hurt the 2022 class. These last few weeks of the regular season will be critical. Frost needs to identify the right hires so they can hit the ground running. Otherwise, players will start coming off the board before the Huskers even get a chance to pitch them.

Recruit Watch

>> JUCO defensive end/outside linebacker Jeffrey M’ba was offered by Purdue on Tuesday.

>> Lincoln Pius X jumbo athlete James Frank picked up his first Division I offer on Tuesday night.

>> Nebraska JUCO defensive back target Keionte Scott dropped his regular season highlights.

ICYMI

>> Damian Jackson was honored with the Armed Forces Merit Award on Wednesday.

>> In this week’s episode of the Mind Your Own podcast Erin Sorensen and Sausha Durkan talk about the difficulty of losing a pet.

>> The Nebraska volleyball team inked another highly-regarded recruiting class on Wednesday.

>> Scott Frost spoke about staff changes, the search for an offensive coordinator and more on Wednesday.

>> As I wrote, replacing Ryan Held on the recruiting trail won’t be an easy task (Premium) for Scott Frost.

>> Padding the Stats this week focuses on Scott Frost, Nebrasketball’s wakeup call and 402 ballers.

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer questions in the mailbag including on changes in football and men’s basketball disappoint opening loss.

>> The Nebraska Preps Postgame show is back to discuss state playoff quarterfinal craziness.

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