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Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Luke McCaffrey congratulated by wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson
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Nebraska Recruiting: What Will it Take to Slow Down Transfer Portal?

March 03, 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 transfer portal is exploding right now. It still seems like almost every day we have new players around college football putting their names into the portal. The search for greener pastures at another school is not a unique problem that Nebraska has to deal with. Yes, the attrition bug has hit the Huskers during the Scott Frost Era but the program is far from the only one dealing with this.

Hundreds of college football players are in the transfer portal in hopes of finding a new school. There may not be an end any time soon of players streaming into the portal. There are more rules on the horizon that could impact this. There’s the potential of eliminating the one-year sit-out penalty for FBS transfers. That could create more bloat in the portal. The impact of name, image and likeness will add another wrinkle.

What could possibly derail or slow down guys flocking to the portal?

Players are not getting the quality of offers after leaving their original schools. There should almost be a warning that you enter the portal at your own risk. There are exceptions to that rule. A player like Wan’Dale Robinson can go into the portal and almost name the school that he attends next. How many other players that left Nebraska recently were in that same situation?

For the most part, players aren’t landing at other major Power Five schools. The ones that do get a lot of attention but they are the exception to the rule. Could it make players think twice about leaving after a semester or one season if they have seen peers try but take a step down? Many players believe they’ll enter the portal and have the options they had during the recruiting process. That’s just not how it is working in most cases.

There is another side of this that we won’t know the true answer to until a few years pass. Will players come to regret the decisions to leave their original school hastily? There is an unintended consequence for some players who transfer quickly. They do lose out on an important life lesson. Sometimes patience and pushing through adversity is needed. You can’t apply that across the board. There is value in sticking it out, coming through the other side and passing down those lessons.

The most drastic and quickest way to curb what is happening would be for the NCAA to put new rules in place. That seems unlikely. It seems like the rules are still being put in place to allow more open player movement not restrict in.

I’m perfectly fine with players being in more control of where they play. We are learning more as time goes on. Those decisions need to be well thought out. A plan needs to be in mind before taking a spin through the transfer portal.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers made the top 10 for Georgia defensive back Mumu Bin-Wahad on Tuesday.

>> Major defensive back target Xavier Nwankpa was offered by Georgia.

>> Kansas athlete Jaren Kanak added to his offer list when Washington State came to the table on Tuesday.


>> Jacob Padilla examines the thought that the too brief Teddy Allen era at Nebraska benefitted both sides in the latest Padding the Stats.

>> Erin Sorensen and Sausha Durkan welcome Drake Keeler on the Mind Your Own podcast. He’s the first guest in show history and they covered a wide range of topics.

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>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions including discussing Nebraska basketball’s recent success.

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