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. This week’s question comes from a hot topic in the recruiting world this year. This is your explanation on the one-hour private workouts that coaches can do with prospects this June.
This new rule was born because of the lack of any in-person evaluation for over a year. When the dead period went into effect, so many people focused on the lack of official visits for the 2021 recruiting class. That was a good place to start. But that group at least had the benefit of some early evaluation before things got shut down.
The 2022 class has not had much evaluation time at all. The NCAA Division I Council approved this new rule back in April. The Council issued a waiver to permit on-campus evaluations during unofficial visits. These can occur during the days football camps and clinics are allowed in June and July 2021. The number of evaluation days in college football will also increase. It goes from 42 to 56 during the fall 2021 evaluation period only.
Now prospects will be able to come to Nebraska’s campus, do an unofficial visit with all the tours and get to do a private one-hour workout with the coaching staff. They’ll also get to use the Huskers’ facilities for this workout which is a nice bonus too. What better way to show a recruit how nice your facilities are than to have them use them?
This rule is going to be beneficial for both the schools and recruits. The coaches get a chance to be hands on with the players in a one-on-one setting. That gives coaches the ultimate chance to see how a player responds to feedback. That goes both ways though. A player gets a sense of how a coach actually coaches during this time. At the same time they are trying to impress the staff they are working out for.
After so long without camps, this is a nice wrinkle added in by the NCAA. Several players are already lining up these evaluations with Nebraska. Lincoln Southeast athlete Jake Appleget is one who will get an evaluation. So is North Platte linebacker Vince Genatone who is excited by the opportunity.
“I mean, it’s pretty cool,” Genatone saie. “I get to go on campus and check out everything. I also get to see what it’s like to work out on their field and in their weight room, so that’s pretty cool. It’s really something to look forward to.”
It will be interesting to see if this rule sticks around or not moving forward. This new rule will add a layer of fun to an already jammed packed month. June is sure to be filled with recruiting surprises.
>> As the NCAA dead period finally comes to an end, here’s a handy guide at what different periods during the year mean for recruiting.
What is a recruiting calendar? There are times during the year college coaches can't have in-person contact with you or your parents. View the @NCAA recruiting calendars to learn specifics for your sport and division.
— Eligibility Center (@ncaaec) May 30, 2021
>> Running back Donta Whack will be attending a Butch Davis Football Camp on June 1. Nebraska is one of the schools planning to be in attendance for the camp.
Our 2022 6’0 210 D1 RB is still picking up big interest & going to compete & get seen despite his offers! Indiana, Purdue, Nebraska & etc will also be there! #Bokey 🟠⚫️⚪️ 🏈 #Statechamps @DrewDavis_FIU @Coach_J_Rod @FIUCoachDavis https://t.co/WdBTyJwXrY
— Coach Darry Evans (@DEvans345) May 31, 2021
>> 2024 Bellevue West quarterback Daniel Kaelin received his first Division I offer from Florida State.
— Daniel Kaelin (@DanielKaelin5) June 1, 2021
>> Dalano Banton is testing the NBA Draft waters, announcing his decision to enter the draft while leaving a return to Nebraska on the table on Monday.
>> Nebraska baseball is headed to the Fayetteville Regional hosted by Arkansas.
>> The 10 Most Intriguing series returns this week for its fourth iteration. But first, here’s a “best of the rest” extension of the ranking.
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.