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Nebraska Recruiting: What’s Happening with the Huskers and Transfer Portal Quarterbacks

December 06, 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 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 has come from a wide range of people. Dustin from Twitter was the first to ask it this week. Now we are in week two of the offseason. The recruiting contact period has opened up. What is happening with transfer portal quarterbacks?

It’s a almost a lock that the Huskers will bring in a transfer quarterback this offseason. Now that four-year starter Adrian Martinez has left the program the room seems to be wide open. The Huskers will enter 2022 with three inexperienced scholarship quarterbacks. That’s if they choose to stand pat. That wouldn’t be a wise move for coach Scott Frost’s program.

The when part of that question is actually just as intriguing as the who part. The short answer is that Nebraska isn’t likely to offer a scholarship to a transfer portal quarterback until the team has an offensive coordinator in place. I am certain that the Huskers are doing their due diligence behind the scenes. They want to learn about potential signal-callers to bring in. The recruiting department can watch film and try to learn as much information as they can about the players.

The problem for now is that the Huskers don’t have a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator. They need to explain to that potential quarterback what type of offense they will be playing in. Frost has noted that he doesn’t anticipate wholesale changes to the offense. Bringing in a new coordinator with fresh ideas means some tweaks to what the team does on offense. Especially if Frost hires someone that is experienced that he can trust to hand the offense over to.

There is another mystery involved with the search for a quarterback. We have seen a lot of movement in college football this offseason with coaches. Some players have followed new coaches to the coaches’ new home. Could we see Nebraska hire an offensive coordinator that brings a quarterback with him? That situation might now work out. We could see the new coordinator bring in a quarterback that he had already been pursuing. He would have been in contact with players while he was at the other school.

All the different factors make it difficult to speculate on names the Huskers could bring in. We will have a much better grasp of that after the coordinator is hired. There is a lot more news to come on this issue. Quarterback is always a hot topic. There will be plenty of discussion around it. More will come into focus as the Huskers sort out the coaching and roster situation. We have a long road before the 2022 season begins.

Recruit Watch

>> Priority portal outside linebacker target Jared Verse was offered by Iowa on Sunday night.

>> Temple defensive back target MJ Griffin took an official visit to Kansas over the weekend.

>> Check out the junior highlights from 2023 offensive line target Joe Otting.

ICYMI

>> The Huskers picked up another 2022 commitment when defensive back Malcolm Hartzog joined the class.

>> We are off and running with the recruiting tracker (Premium) for the second week of the offseason.

>> As Steve Marik writes, the loss of Damion Daniels leaves big shoes to fill (Premium) at nose tackle so who will emerge in 2022?

>> Derek Peterson took a look at Nebraska’s peculiar recruiting situation and Mickey Jospeh’s arrival in his latest column.

>> Fred Hoiberg is hoping a demonstration helps the Huskers gain confidence ahead of the Michigan matchup.

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