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 news that many were hoping for came down late last week. The Big Ten reversed course and will be playing football this fall after all. We also have a schedule that Coach Scott Frost, his players and staff have to find a way to navigate. Now that we have all that it is settling in just how strange this season will be from a recruiting perspective.
Nebraska’s home opener will be against Wisconsin on Oct. 31. It will be a high stakes game that will be used as a measuring stick. The Huskers will see how they stack up against a divisional foe that they will need to overcome. Taking down the Badgers is a must to get back to the summit of the Big Ten West. In a normal season, that game would be loaded with official and unofficial visitors. It’d be a chance to show off the gameday atmosphere in Lincoln. That won’t happen that weekend or any weekend this fall since the NCAA extended the dead period. I have a hard time seeing that changing. I could see visits returning in the spring.
With the season being back on but with no visits, what does Nebraska have to gain on the recruiting trail?
It is imperative that the Huskers show progress on the field this season. It’s a wacky year so let’s not get too out there with lofty win totals. Winning more games than the team plays is a great starting point. Beyond that, I think it would be huge if the offense starts to more closely resemble the attack Frost led at Central Florida. Outside of piling up wins, the Husker offense needs to look that fun and explosive. It can be a major recruiting advantage if the offense can get off the ground.
The Huskers also have a chance to show their creativity. The program has done a good job with virtual visits during the extended dead period. Recruits have been able to get a good sense of what Nebraska has to offer through the virtual visits. The Huskers are doing the best they can under the circumstances.
Shifting focus to the season, what if we end up hearing about the team doing virtual game day visits? A package of videos that show the tunnel walk for that week and some of the other things they would have seen in person. That would be a nice touch.
We’ll see how things shake out with the Huskers this fall. Recruiting never stops and there is always something to judge schools you are considering on as a prospect.
>> Norris tight end James Carnie posted his highlights from the fourth game of the season on Hudl.
Game 4! https://t.co/oZ3uJGGI4n
— James Carnie (@JamesCarnie1) September 21, 2020
>> The Huskers made the final three for 2021 defensive lineman Jailen Weaver out of California.
Final 3 pic.twitter.com/95hkApgxrM
— Jailen Weaver (@JailenWeaver) September 19, 2020
>> Check out the highlights so far this season for 4-star tight end commit Thomas Fidone. He’s off to a fantastic start to the season/
Lewis Central's (IA) @ThomasFidone is a BADDDD DUDE!
Nebraska got a straight baller headed its way in 2021. pic.twitter.com/nqsjgsdYFS
— Zack Poff (@Zack_Poff_MP) September 19, 2020
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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.