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Nebraska Recruiting: Taking a Deeper Look at 2023 Needs for Huskers

November 01, 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 projected needs for the 2023 recruiting class.

There are two that come to mind immediately as we start to examine recruiting needs for the 2023 class. They are the two that are always top of mind for me when we start discussing this topic. Edge rusher and quarterback is where the discussion begins.

It seems like every week Nebraska faces an edge rusher in the Big Ten that has NFL first-round potential. Yet it’s been since Randy Gregory that Nebraska had one of its own. Those players are admittedly tough to land but Nebraska’s opponents are finding away. One thing that could help Nebraska in this quest is to get them on campus early.

So far this season the Huskers have hosted Teitum Tuioti, Maverick Noonan, Tausili Akana and Andrew Depaepe from the 2023 recruiting class. It helps significantly that two of those four are in Nebraska. Tuioti’s dad is the defensive line coach at Nebraska and Noonan is a legacy recruit. Akana has ties to the Tuioti family and Depaepe is from nearby Iowa. The Huskers have a nice base of players to start from on the edge in 2023.

At the quarterback position the Huskers have locked in on a player. Louisiana native Reese Mooney appears to be the team’s top choice. He was in town for the Michigan game where he was impressed with what he saw from the Huskers. There were a couple things that stood out to him most about that weekend.

“The fan base. They are so into the game the whole game and they stay the whole game,” Mooney said. “The new facilities they are building are going to be crazy.”

Mooney announced that he will be making his college choice public on Nov. 22. He released a top 11 to go along with that date so we will know soon where the Huskers stand with him. Landing his commitment would be huge to give a jolt to the 2023 class.

The last position I want to highlight is cornerback. The Huskers like to cross-train players which is fine. Still, the Huskers need to bring in a pure cornerback. That will help slow down some of the receivers they will see on a weekly basis. Things are questionable for the future of that position. Landing a cornerback is right behind a game changing pass rusher on the pecking order for me.

It’s worth noting that so much of this can change outside of pass rusher and quarterback. We have a lot of questions that need to be answered concluding the 2021 season. Will coach Scott Frost be back for the 2022 season? Will the assistant coaches? How many players will choose to leave the program either way? Those are huge pieces to the puzzle as we figure out future recruiting for the Huskers.

Recruit Watch

>> Kansas kicker Chase Weinrich enjoyed his trip to Lincoln over the weekend.

>> Elkhorn South 2023 athlete Cole Ballard took a trip to NDSU over the weekend.

>> Iowa jumbo athlete Kyson Van Vugt was offered a preferred walk-on spot after a visit to Lincoln.

ICYMI

>> Questions about his job status came up during Monday’s availability and Frost hopes he’s back for 2022.

>> As Derek Peterson wrote, Frost and the Huskers are running out of time to find answers.

>> Amy Williams spoke about goals for this season and excitement to start again on Monday.

>> In the hallway notebook we got Garrett Nelson’s scouting report on the Buckeyes (Premium) and more.

>> The Husker defenders are excited by the challenge Ohio State presents this weekend.

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