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Nebraska Recruiting: The Blueprint for Early Enrollees

March 28, 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.


Landing recruits that elect to enroll early has continued to be a trend that has proven it is here to stay. In the 2018 recruiting class, Nebraska had eight mid-year enrollees. From the 2019 recruiting class, there are seven high-school mid-year enrollees. In addition, defensive lineman Darrion Daniels was added to the team as a graduate transfer and enrolled in January. 

More importantly than just landing those players is identifying who can hit the ground running in your program and make a positive impact. Not everyone will come in and play a lot during their freshman season but getting acclimated to college life early is a major benefit. 

Coach Scott Frost was asked about Wan'Dale Robinson getting used to college but took the opportunity to talk about more of his early enrollees.

“I have to give compliments to all these early enrollees,” Frost said. “We got a bunch of them here. Garrett Nelson and Nick Henrich. Jamie [Nance] and Wandale who are here new. Not only are they doing well on the football field, they are doing well in school. They are good members of the team. They are around our offices all the time because they love football.

“These are the type of guys we want. If that’s any indication of the type of guys we recruited, we will be really happy with last year’s signing class.”

We have heard a lot of early praise for this group for the way they have shown up to Lincoln ready to get to work. Combined with the 2018 group, we may be seeing a template for how to enter this team and add to the overall program. 

Recruit Watch

>> De’Rickey Wright, an athlete from the same high school as 2019 signee Jamin Graham, committed to Alabama on Thursday. 

>> Logan Smothers, Nebraska’s 2020 quarterback commit, is doing a little recruiting.

ICYMI

>> Kaden Johnson, a 4-star linebacker from Minnesota, was in town on Wednesday. I caught up with him to get his thoughts on the Huskers. (Premium)

>> Mohamed Barry is growing into his leadership role with the Huskers, writes Jacob Padilla. 

>> The Huskers Attic is back to look at a 1971 Nebraska collector’s plate.

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