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Nebraska Recruiting: Transfer Rule Changes Altering College Football

October 11, 2018

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.

During Scott Frost’s Thursday media availability ahead of his team's trip to Northwestern, the subject of transfers came up. Nebraska has been stung twice recently by players deciding to leave the program. Both wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and running Greg Bell left the team in the last two weeks.

Within his answer on why the Huskers blocked Oregon State as a destination for Bell to land, Frost mentioned that the transfer rule will change in two weeks. When it does, blocking kids will be a moot point for schools.

The new NCAA transfer rule Frost mentioned goes into place Oct. 15. and allows players to transfer wherever they want with or without a school's permission. The athletes will also enter a nationwide database that will allow interested schools to contact them. There are all sort of tricky situations that can pop up from that. 

For example, as the rule reads now, players could enter the database and be in contact with other schools while still playing at the school they intend to leave. My personal feeling now is that it won’t get to that because a coach would just bench the player if he makes it known that he plans to leave the school. 

"The bottom line is, in this day and age, a lot of people want what they want and they want it now," Frost said on Thurday. "There's not a lot of patience, there's not a lot of willingness to fight through and change their circumstance. People have the tendency to think the grass might be greener somewhere else.

"I hope it doesn't become The Wild West and college basketball with everybody transferring." 

This new rule certainly has the potential to be yet another game changer to the way coaches have to manage their programs, including how they recruit. The phase of the rebuild that Nebraska is currently in makes it difficult to absorb a large number of players leaving in-season.

It will be fascinating to see how programs navigate this new territory going forward. 

Recruit Watch

>> Today is Nebraska linebacker commit Garrett Snodgrass’ birthday and you can still vote him into the Under Armour All-American Game here.

>> Nebraska is now up to four walk-on commits for the 2019 class. The Huskers added Millard West lineman Matthew Huser last night.

>> Nebraska’s 2019 quarterback commit Luke McCaffrey has put out his midseason highlight tape. The terrific athlete displays some really nice touch on his passes.


>> Freshman center Cam Jurgens will be out for a month with a foot injury. That’s tough luck for a player that the staff is really excited about.  

>> Tim Miles believes Nebraska is “better equipped” for the 2018-19 season.

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