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Nebraska Recruiting: The Effects of a Smaller 2022 Recruiting Class for Huskers

August 09, 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 answering a question from a familiar name. This week’s question comes from Erin Sorensen, my co-host for these videos.

Erin’s question was what do people need to know about the smaller class size and the impact moving forward?

The first effect is something that tight ends coach Sean Beckton explained to me last week. The team is able to be more selective with such few spots left. That doesn’t mean the team just puts all its eggs in the basket of chasing five stars. It really means that the team is able to do deeper evaluations to make sure the players fit the Nebraska program. More than ever we have realized how important fit is at Nebraska. Bringing in any highly-ranked player that will sign with the program hasn’t worked.

Of course, that doesn’t mean don’t try for highly-rated players. It just means that there needs to be a blend for Nebraska to be successful. The Huskers have won many Big Ten West recruiting titles on paper. It’s won very few Big Ten West titles on the field. It’s also worth remembering that Nebraska is 12-20 under coach Scott Frost. That has an impact on who the team can recruit.

There are currently nine commitments for the 2022 class. That means there are only four to six spots left in the class heading into the season. The Huskers won’t need to host as many official visitors during the season. It would be surprising to see weekends with six official visitors.

There is something else that I’ll be tracking closely during the 2021 season related to the small class. How many players will Nebraska host for unofficial visits for 2023 and 2024? What if the Huskers don’t host as many official visitors this year? That leaves room to host more unofficial visitors. Getting those prospects on campus for game day visits to get familiar with the atmosphere could be a nice boost for future recruiting.

Another factor can’t be ignored when thinking about the effects of a small class this cycle. Nebraska has suddenly become a place where transfers can make an impact early. Oliver Martin and Samori Touré figure to have significant roles in the offense this fall. So, does running back Markese Stepp if healthy. Inside linebacker Chris Kolarevic looks on his way to being a starter this year. Tyreke Johnson is making noise at cornerback since arriving on the team. Nebraska should be able to take more transfers this offseason to fill holes. Frost has a compelling case for players to join the Huskers. He’s shown a willingness to play new additions to the roster.

Some downside does exist for a smaller class. It will be a class that is ranked lower than fans will like. There will likely be grumbling about where the class ranks. Having a small class is a big factor in that, so is where Nebraska’s commits are ranked. If Nebraska can land a four-star or two that would help. Still, it will be tough to rank in the top half of the conference if Nebraska has 13 or 14 commitments.

There are a lot of things to watch when it comes to the 2022 recruiting cycle. Some have to do with this class and others lean towards how it effects future classes. One thing is for sure, we’ll have it all covered here at Hail Varsity for you.

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>> Fall camp has brought unbridled optimism for what the Nebraska passing game can be in 2021 writes Derek Peterson.

>> There is no timeline for Lauren Stivrins to return to play but the Huskers are happy to have her back.

>> The Nebraska Preps Postgame show is back with their fingers crossed for football this fall.

>> Scott Frost recapped Nebraska’s first full week of fall camp.

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