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.
A lot of prospects come through campus during spring football. It’s a great way for Nebraska to show potential future Huskers how the team operates behind closed doors. That gives them a much better sense of the day-to-day operation than even a game day visit can provide. The team hosted a big Junior Day event March 5 with close to 50 prospects. There were a lot of known targets on hand and players that hold Husker offers.
There were also plenty of prospects that aren’t on Husker fans’ radar currently and don’t have an offer from the team. It’s important for Nebraska to get eyes on those players to verify size and measurables. It’s also great for Nebraska to keep in touch with players that are emerging prospects. Having an existing relationship with players that shoot up the rankings during their senior year is key. A player that fits that bill is Missouri 2023 wide receiver Larenzo Fenner.
— Larenzo Fenner (@LarenzoFenner) March 5, 2022
“It was an amazing time,” Fenner said. “I really enjoyed every moment. I’m always exploring schools that I’m interested in and keeping my options open. They sent me the invite so I wanted to check it out. We went up there and had a great time.”
The playmaker picked up his first offer earlier this month. South Dakota came to the table with a scholarship for the Missouri native. He tallied 50 receptions for 783 yards and seven touchdowns during his junior season. On film you can see that Fenner is elusive with the ball in his hands. He also contributes on special teams as a return man for his high school.
Fenner has been in contact with director of player personnel Sean Dillion for months now. The two have hit it off well. That visit weekend was the first time that Fenner met with wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. Fenner liked Joseph and the Husker coach is going to come out to his school when the contact period opens back up.
While Fenner was on the visit he got to do the photoshoot with Nebraska gear on. They toured the facilities and met a lot of the coaching staff. The highlight was getting a chance to be in the film room with Joseph.
“That [film study] was great,” Fenner said. “It was a great learning experience for me. I got to learn a few new releases to put in my arsenal for my upcoming season. So, it was great.”
Aside from film study getting to see Nebraska’s practice stood out for Fenner. It was structured in a similar way as his current high school practices. That’s because his coach came to a Nebraska coaching clinic a few years ago. He incorporated ideas he picked up there. It was nice for Fenner to see the concepts executed at a college level.
“Watching the receivers I paid attention to their releases and how they catch the ball,” Fenner said. “How they finished catches. And that they finished through the touchdown after the play; no matter what they finish to the touchdown.”
The things he locked in on at practice line up well with the skills Fenner wants to refine this offseason. Route running, releases and catching the ball softly is what he is aiming to improve. The Missouri native wants to return to Lincoln this fall. He hopes to continue building a relationship with the program. He’s looking for a bond with a coaching staff and the players on the team.
>> Check out 2023 Grand Island Northwest EDGE Victor Isele getting in work this offseason.
lil off szn grind.. pic.twitter.com/Bw8ZqTZUbK
— Victor Isele (@VictorIsele) March 13, 2022
>> Recent Nebraska offensive line visitor Ethan Thomason will take a trip to Utah this week.
— Ethan Thomason (@EthanThomason77) March 13, 2022
>> St. Louis 2023 defensive end Tyler Gant was offered by Northwestern this weekend.
— Tyler Gant (@TyGant44) March 12, 2022
>> The offers continue pouring in for 2023 4-star athlete Malachi Coleman. Texas Tech is the latest to offer.
— Malachi Coleman (@ChiColeman23) March 11, 2022
>> Texas 2023 defensive lineman Riley Van Poppel get a family feeling during his trip to Lincoln.
>> Steve Marik explained why Logan Smothers deserves credit whether he wins the starting quarterback job or not.
>> Mickey Joseph is aiming to find nine receivers for his rotation this spring.
>> With a reworked and jam-packed schedule Husker baseball is looking to turn things around.
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.