Nebraska Recruiting: The Potential Impact of a Big 2019 Season
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Nebraska Recruiting: The Potential Impact of a Big 2019 Season

April 30, 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.


Earlier on Tuesday morning, Brandon Vogel wrote about what he has deemed the offseason of crazy odds in Hot Reads. Currently, if you’d like to place a bet on Nebraska winning the national championship, the odds are 40-1. That feels like a better spot for the Huskers and is slightly worse than the 33-1 odds they were getting from the same Westgate SuperBook in January. 

The question that I would like to ponder is this: if Nebraska has the type of season Vegas and pundits who are selecting the Huskers to be in the preseason top 25 think they will have, what will that do for recruiting in the 2020 class and beyond? 

Generally, in recruiting, lofty rankings are not exactly tied to on field success. You don’t always have to prove it on the field before landing top classes. Tennessee and Texas A&M are prime historic examples of this. Arkansas (with its new coaching staff) just went 2-10 in 2018 and had the 23rd best recruiting class in the country that included eleven 4-star players. The long-term issue for the Aggies is that was good for 10th in the SEC. 

In Nebraska’s case, I’ve always maintained the Huskers are exempt from that general rule. I believe if the Huskers are going to consistently recruit top-15 classes, they need to prove it on the field first. The biggest reason is that Nebraska just has to convince a larger percentage of its roster to come to Lincoln from far away. If the team is winning (and it looks like fun for good measure), players will flock to Lincoln. 

If the Huskers do have a 2019 season where they win 8 or 9 games while winning the Big Ten West, will that help take recruiting to another level? In short, yes. The longer answer is that the other benefit to that type of season is that it gives the coaching staff even more credibility. There is a general feeling among staff, players, recruits and their families that something special is building in Lincoln. Showing that progress allows the staff to build even more trust on the recruiting trail. 

The Huskers don’t need to win the national championship in 2019 (wouldn’t that be something?) but they need to keep showing the improvement we all saw at the end of 2018 on the road to building a championship-level program. 

Recruit Watch

>> St. Louis defensive end Noah Arinze picked up an offer from Nebraska on Tuesday. Arinze visited Lincoln for Junior Day back in February.

>> Johnson-Brock athlete Ty Hahn picked up an offer from South Dakota on Tuesday.

>> Avante Dickerson, a 2021 CB from Omaha Westside, picked up an offer from Iowa on Monday night. 

>> The Huskers offered the top 2020 player in the state of Arkansas, defensive end Blayne Toll. 

ICYMI

>> According to Derek Peterson, the question of “how soon?” Huskers will be drafted is coming sooner than later.

>> Fred Hoiberg is ready to bring his game plan to Nebraska and the Big Ten, writes Jacob Padilla.

>> Devine Ozigbo joined Hail Varsity Radio on Monday and talked about a wide range of topics including why he didn’t play before Frost arrived in Lincoln. 

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