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Nebraska Recruiting: The Many Ways That Nebraska Identifies Talent on the Trail

July 19, 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 throwing a curveball. It’s a two for one special curtesy of Jason and Logan.

These questions play nicely off each other so they make for a great combination. Let’s start first with Logan’s question. Building a recruiting board for a college is truly an all hands on deck experience. There are many paths to getting a player on Nebraska’s big board.

Schools do have graduate assistants and recruiting coordinators that watch film. They pass the film on to the position coach for review. If the position coach likes a player then he will share that with the coordinator. That process is one that was actually bolstered by the pandemic. No one could go out on the road last year. Assistant coaches, coordinators and the head coach were all able to dig into more film.

Another path to landing on the recruit list is high school recommendation. The interesting thing there is that that process is always ongoing. Think about when Nebraska was recruiting Thomas Fidone. They’d talk to his coach about Fidone. Nebraska’s staff would also ask if there were other players that team should know about. In a normal recruiting year, if there was a rising freshman or sophomore, the team would “bump into” the player in the hallway during a school visit. Then the relationship building starts from there.

The same situation happens when teams are evaluating game film. There are times where you sit down to watch a certain player but notice a teammate that would be work looking into. Another big way to get on the radar is through camps. When a big event like Friday Night Lights or a satellite camp in Georgia happens, the team knows who is in attendance. A lot of young players attend those camps which begins the process of getting recruited for them.

Now for Jason’s question. The Huskers are certainly recruiting players that fit the style of play they think is best. That style has evolved during the coaching staff’s time in Lincoln. Nebraska is looking for the best fit for their program too. It’s too simple to say that the team ignores how highly-rated a player is and only looks at fit. There is a blend that is always happening. Plus, Nebraska isn’t in position to take whoever they want in recruiting right now. That limits the pool of players its recruiting from to start. Stars do matter in recruiting but fit does too. There are many examples of this working out for programs both ways.

In a way, there are so many ways that a player can land on a recruiting board. It’s all happening at once for multiple cycles. That’s what makes working in a recruiting department so difficult. The job is critical because finding that talent is the way to sustaining a program.

Recruit Watch

>> Defensive end target Joe Strickland out of Indiana will be committing this week.

>> Elite 2023 tight end Mac Markway has a commitment date in mind.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska volleyball kept things rolling late last week when 2023 outside hitter Caroline Jurevicius committed to the program.

>> Derek Peterson has your bettors guide to the Allen-Rogers breakout Nebraska player of the year.

>> Three Huskers helped Team USA take fifth place at the FIVB U20 World Championships this weekend.

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