Photo Credit: John S. Peterson

Nebraska Recruiting: What Huskers Showed Against OU is Sellable on Trail if Next Steps Happen

September 19, 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.


You have a rough idea of what to expect when you turn on the games of successful football programs. You know the type of play you will see when you turn Alabama on but we don’t have to think of the elite teams to make the point. I can hand you Wisconsin film from any time in the last 10 years and you’ll have a sense for their style of play.

That’s something that those schools can sell on the recruiting trail. They have examples of successful players in the same style, so they can convince prospects to join their program. I talked about this concept in a notebook last week after a recruiting question of the week video. Building a recruiting board is also less challenging for those programs. They know exactly what they are looking for on the recruiting trail.

There is a long way to go but seeing Nebraska form an identity on both sides of the ball is worth noting. The defense has had much more progress toward an identity. They’ve been improving against the run the last couple seasons. The Blackshirts are turning into an outfit that doesn’t give you easy points. The defense we saw the last three weeks is a major positive.

Offensively, the concepts Nebraska used against Oklahoma showed promise. Establishing a downhill running game is a must. Mix that with the option, quick passes and downfield shots. That can work but it was a mixed bag of effectiveness Saturday. Mixing in the quarterback run game would normally be part of the equation. Oklahoma’s Nik Bonito is one of the best defensive players in the country. He spied Adrian Martinez most of the game.

What we saw Saturday was steps in the direction of identity on offense for Nebraska. It was a winding, twisting road but progress is being made in that department. That’s good for Nebraska because it can sell what I just laid out to recruits. This also happens to be the perfect time for a new focus on pitching prospects.

Nebraska has one more road game before returning home to face Northwestern. The Huskers need to have official visitors in town for that game. It will be the first night home game of the season for the Huskers. Nebraska’s recruiting efforts need a jolt of energy. It’s there for the taking.

The problem is for all that to come together the Huskers must take the next step. They must win a big game and string wins together. Newly ranked No. 20 Michigan State provides a great test for Nebraska. The Huskers have not beaten a ranked team yet under coach Scott Frost. There is no time like the present for the program. The big question of the week will be if Nebraska turned a corner in a loss or if the same things plague the program.

We’ll get a chance to find out this weekend which will tell us more about the direction of the program.

Recruit Watch

>> Priority 2024 quarterback recruit Dylan Raiola was offered by Texas Tech.

>> Check out the midseason highlights from 2023 Iowa athlete Alex Mota.

ICYMI

>> As Steve Marik writes, Adrian Martinez went head-to-head with Spencer Rattler and won.

>> We took a trip to the past and maybe a step towards a better future for Nebraska in Oklahoma as Brandon Vogel wrote.

>> In the Nebraska-Oklahoma notebook (Premium) Adrian Martinez led as key weapons returned for the Huskers.

>> Omar Manning was cherishing the moment after catching his first touchdown as a Husker.

>> As I wrote, the Huskers showed fight but the same problems plagued (Premium) the team.

>> Busboom Kelly and the No. 5 Cardinals rolled to a 3-0 win over No. 6 Nebraska volleyball.

>> John Peterson has a great photo gallery from the game in Norman.

>> The Huskers opened as a 3-point underdog at No. 20 Michigan State.

  • Never miss the latest news from Hail Varsity!

    Join our free email list by signing up below.

Tags:
PRESENTED BY
Pinnacle Bank

Hail Varsity October 2021 Cover

Never Miss Another Issue

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap