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 Huskers have officially entered their second bye week of the season. Just like the first bye of the season, they get a week off after a loss that will lead to a lot of discussion about what is wrong with the program. There will be plenty of external debates about where to go from here as Coach Scott Frost looks to get his program off the ground.
One thing the coaching staff will certainly do this week is get out on the road and recruit.
It seems like there was a focus on getting out to see the current commitments during the first bye week. We know that quarterback Logan Smothers, offensive tackle Turner Corcoran, running back Sevion Morrison and outside linebacker Blaise Gunnerson all received visits from the staff. There is also good reason to believe that some of the Florida commits got visits. Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher was around Florida during that time.
This time around look for the Huskers to get out to see their priority uncommitted targets. Also, they could see some top underclassmen targets. Pay particular attention to which uncommitted targets get visits. We are getting down to crunch time with some of Nebraska’s top targets. In particular, 4-star outside linebacker Kaden Johnson, 3-star linebacker Choe Bryant-Strother and junior college wide receiver Omar Manning. All three are critical to Nebraska’s 2020 class.
Tight ends coach Sean Beckton gave a preview last week on Sports Nightly on what’s to come this week. One of the issues the staff has to navigate is staying within the allotment of evaluation days allowed by the NCAA.
"We're going to spend some days out next week,” Beckton said. “Some guys may have two. I'm only slated to take one with the numbers there, so I'm going to take south Georgia. There's some young players, some 2021 kids, that I really want to get down and focus on and see. Recruiting has changed where you have to get on the class that is almost two classes ahead now. If you're not reaching out to those coaches via text, you're way behind. So, I'm going to take advantage."
It wouldn’t be surprising to see a few new JUCO offers go out this week. There are spots to be filled in the current recruiting cycle. Yet, they must stay mindful of future classes as they continue to build relationships with prospects around the country. It’s a balancing act and the margin for error isn’t big right now. Given the 10 or so spots still available leading up to the December signing period time is important.
This week of evaluations and next week’s game against Wisconsin will be important. This two-week stretch is important for building the current and future classes to come.
>> Choe Bryant-Strother, a very important linebacker target for the Huskers, is making his college announcement tomorrow evening.
Committing tomorrow night at 7PM
— ⁹ (@ChoeBryant) November 4, 2019
>> Husker wide receiver target and Georgia commit Justin Robinson posted some senior highlights of him looking like exactly the type of bigger wideout the team needs.
>> Terry Lockett, another wide receiver target to keep an eye on down the stretch, is finishing his season strong in Minnesota.
Final Stats for Terry Lockett in the Section Final 8 Catches for 178 Yards and 3 TDs including the Game Winner. The BEST WR in the STATE!!! He’s going to make some College Coach very happy.
— Minnehaha Redhawks (@RedhawksAD) November 3, 2019
>> Santino Marucci, a 2021 quarterback target who visited Lincoln this summer, posted his junior highlights which are worth taking a look at.
>> The Huskers offer East Mississippi Community College pass rusher Julius Coates on Monday. He is committed to Colorado.
— Julius Coates (@_JuliusCoates3) November 4, 2019
>> Derek Peterson pondered the question if it’s time for the one hit Nebraska hasn’t taken yet in his weekly column.
>> Kenzie Knuckles earned a Big Ten honor as the Huskers moved up in the Coaches Poll.
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.