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Nebraska Recruiting: The Benefits of Group Visits

April 17, 2019

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 number of group visits taken to Nebraska seem to be on the uptick. Large groups of 7-on-7 teams have visited Lincoln in recent years. Multiple players on the same high school or junior college team have also been through Lincoln. During spring practice, a large group with Tyrone Carter Elite Training Schools came to town. 

For the spring game, Fort Scott Community College brought a big group of coaches and players to Lincoln. For more on which players Nebraska is targeting and why that relationship is crucial, check out the Premium piece from earlier on Wednesday.

One of the things I talked to Fort Scott coach Robert Cox about was the team bonding that can come of a trip like that for a group. What is it like to have that type of team bonding time on a trip to see another program? Cox says it goes beyond getting the opportunity to see how guys travel and act away from the dorms.

“Oh, it’s incredible,” Cox said. “It’s awesome to see the kids bond together and appreciate their time at such a great school and institution. It’s an opportunity that every high school or junior college athlete should absolutely look forward to. 

“Being at a school like Nebraska is not something everyone gets to do, even just for a visit. It really boosts those guys’ confidence. They see people who are the same age as them or younger on that stage and it makes them want to work even harder. It’s just a blessing honestly.”

The other big hidden benefit for the prospects is the motivation factor. I’ve come across multiple coaches who feel the same way Cox does about these trips boosting confidence. In addition, the idea of playing at a school like Nebraska can give guys incentive to push through that next 6 a.m. workout or study a little bit harder for that upcoming test. 

I think the trend of big group coming through Lincoln will continue since there are so many benefits to the players and for Nebraska. 

Recruit Watch

>> Defensive line coach Tony Tuioti has been making the rounds in South Dakota. He stopped by Washington High School in Sioux Falls on Tuesday and then was at the school of 4-star defensive tackle Nash Hutmacher on Wednesday.

>> Johnquai Lewis, a 2020 wide receiver from Florida, included Nebraska in his top 10 on Tuesday night.

>> Trey Zuhn, a 2021 lineman from Colorado, picked up an offer from Nebraska on Wednesday. The owner of Six Zero Strength where Zuhn trains released a great video of the moment the offer came.

>> Tight ends coach Sean Beckton was at Milton Academy in Massachusetts visiting coaches on Wednesday. 


>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your mailbag questions and let you know what to take away from spring football.

>> Nebraska released its conference opponents for basketball in 2019-2020.

>> Derek Peterson takes you beyond the box score to dive into Nebraska basetbal assist numbers. (Premium)

>> Sophomore Nana Akenten is transferring from the Nebraska basketball program.

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