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Nebraska Recruiting: What Could Cause The Huskers to Look For JUCO QB in Future?

September 06, 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 diving into a question from Twitter. This week’s question is all about the possibility of Nebraska adding a quarterback from the junior college ranks.

The ultimate answer on if Nebraska will add a quarterback from junior college or the transfer portal is complex. We are just two games into the season so a lot has yet to unfold in the quarterback room.

Let’s start here: we don’t know if starting quarterback Adrian Martinez will be back for a fifth season at Nebraska. He is technically a junior right now. He has the ability to return for the 2022 season because of the COVID eligibility freeze. If Martinez comes back for next season, there will not be another quarterback added to the roster.

Let’s assume that Martinez moves on after the 2021 season. We will also assume that Matt Masker is moving on. Logan Smothers, Heinrich Haarberg and Richard Torres would be the quarterbacks on the roster for the 2022 season. That is a situation that could work for the team but is probably not ideal. Based on the experience level of those players it could be wise for Nebraska to add a quarterback.

That could be done through the JUCO ranks. The Huskers have not added a quarterback to the roster under coach Scott Frost from junior college. It is important to keep something in mind. The transfer portal will be full of quarterbacks looking for fresh starts. The good thing is that Nebraska has the season to understand what it has at the quarterback position. The outlook could look different if Nebraska feels strongly about the next guys up in 2022.

Yet, if Nebraska is unsure about those players, the portal will be there after the season. Nebraska would be able to pitch to a new quarterback that an opportunity to compete exists. That was the problem this last offseason with bringing in a new quarterback. The Huskers had a three-year starter so it was hard to imagine someone taking his job. Next season would be a completely different story.

Nebraska could have a transfer if it were to add another quarterback this offseason. That’s a reality of the situation in today’s college football. That would have to be factored into the decision as well.

We’ll see where things stand after the season is concluded. We’ll have a much better since of which direction we think the Huskers should go in at quarterback.

Recruit Watch

>> Check out the Week Two highlights from Elkhorn North lineman Shan Acharya.

>> Nebraska defensive back target Quantaves Gaskins committed to Vanderbilt on Sunday.

>> Florida defensive back Dwight Bootle II was offered by Kansas over the weekend.


>> Derek Peterson ran through Samori Touré’s big day, Nebraska’s strange wideout usage and more in his latest column.

>> Steve Marik has five standout plays that he found on the rewatch (Premium) of the game against Fordham.

>> I caught up with Nebraska’s lone official visitor Victor Jones Jr. (Premium) to see where things stand with his commitment and more.

>> Scott Frost previewed the Buffalo matchup and more during his Monday press conference.

>> The Huskers lost a commit when offensive lineman Valen Erickson flipped to Missouri on Monday.

>> The Buffalo offense will serve as a ‘good test’ for the Husker run defense on Saturday.

>> Though they don’t get credit for it, the defensive line played a big role in Nebraska’s interceptions as Steve Marik writes.

>> I took a look at Logan Smothers’ debut, Eteva Mauga-Clements’ comfort level and more (Premium) ahead of Buffalo.

>> The Husker volleyball team is upping the ante with two top-20 opponents in week three.

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