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.
Things seem to be changing in the landscape of college football.
Over the last few years, we have seen something we generally don’t see from the NCAA. Smart, common-sense changes that benefit student-athletes. Some of those recent changes have had a big impact on recruiting. Schools are now able to pay for both parents to go with a prospect on official visits. Players can now still redshirt even if they play in up to four games during the season.
The recruiting calendar has been sped up more. Allowing juniors in high school to take spring and summer official visits forced it. That rule change has had an enormous impact on when the hot times are for recruiting. The early December signing period has become the new National Signing Day.
The NCAA announced Division I student-athletes in all sports will be able to transfer. They can compete immediately if the Transfer Wire Working Group adopts the proposal. This new rule, if passed, will allow student-athletes a one-time transfer that would not require them to sit out a year. The criteria would be if they get a release from their original school, are academically eligible, maintain academic progress at their new institution and are not under any disciplinary suspension.
This rule is in place for all sports with the exception of football, baseball, basketball and men’s hockey.
I’m in favor of more common-sense changes to help student-athletes. Though just like the changes I mentioned above, there will be some issues to work out. The most immediate change is that coaches may never stop recruiting their own players. The four-game redshirt rule relaxed things for player-movement. But there will be fear about college football “free-agency” with this change.
The other side to this is keeping other schools from “tampering” with your players. The NCAA will have to figure out a way to keep schools from contacting potentially unhappy players before they have declared intentions to transfer. That issue already pops up now with the advent of the transfer portal but could be worse under this rule.
From a team’s perspective, it will matter even more during the recruiting process to get to know players. Having an accurate picture of a prospect and their family will help determine how likely they are to leave. Recruiting boards might have to be adjusted so that you are constantly recruiting certain positions. I also wonder if the NCAA would alter the scholarship limits to reflect how fluid these situations can become.
In the end, my solution to curbing this for schools is simple. It is also much easier said than done. Schools must create an environment that players want to be in. They are less likely to leave then. Winning programs with good cultures will be able to withstand rules like this.
>> Dakota Mitchell, a safety from Winter Park, Florida, put his top six out on Monday. The Huskers did not make the cut.
— Dakota Mitchell⁹ (@RockOutNine) February 25, 2020
>> Nebraska did make the cut for 6-2 Florida wideout Tommi Hill. The Orlando native put his group out on Monday evening.
“sleeping in the hood , but i was california dreaming “!👣🪐 pic.twitter.com/d4vHnzZGM4
— T o m m i H i l l 🦹🏾♂️ (@hilltommi13) February 25, 2020
>> California defensive end Derek Wilkins visited Lincoln last month and his recruitment has taken off. On Monday he picked up another Big Ten offer this time from Northwestern.
After a great talk with @DLCoachLong I am blessed and excited to say that I have received an offer from Northwestern University! #B1GCats #GoCats @coachfitz51 @NUFBFamily @CoachBenHammer @BDPRecruiting @SMCHS_Football @GregBiggins @adamgorney @BrandonHuffman pic.twitter.com/bbh0fNtmyi
— D🚂 (@derekwilkinss) February 25, 2020
>> Two years at Nebraska is just the start of Kristian Hudson’s coaching career in women’s basketball.
>> As Jacob Padilla notes, Yvan Ouedraogo has put together a promising stretch for the Huskers.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.