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 big day is behind us now. The opening day of the early signing period has become the main day of the recruiting calendar. It’s when the majority of prospects sign letters of intent to play college football. For the Huskers, the bulk of the work is finished. They received all 19 signatures from the high school players committed to them coming into the day. In fact, they were all in by 10 a.m. local time.
Moving forward while we don’t expect a lot of activity. Yet there could still be some additions to the class. During his press conference on Wednesday Scott Frost spoke about what is left on the table.
“I do expect to add at least one, probably more than that by February,” Frost said. “We always like to keep a spot or two in our back pocket in case a special player turns up that we might be able to get to add to the team at a position of need. Love the group we have, I don’t expect that we’re done.”
So, what is left to be done for the Huskers this cycle?
The big thing is seeing if they can convince Omaha Westside defensive back Avante Dickerson to sign with the team this week. Dickerson announced on Wednesday that he would not be signing and needed more time to think. But in theory he could still select a school and sign before end of day Friday. If the Huskers can pull that off, they’d be thrilled.
Beyond that the team is still looking to land a number of players from out west. Linebacker Wynden Ho’ohuli, defensive lineman Zhen Sotelo and wideout Titus Atimalala-Mokiao are all Hawaii natives who are looking to take things to February. It’s also unclear if long-time defensive line target Tia Savea will be sending in a letter of intent. He could do it during the early period or in February.
Frost also mentioned keeping a spot or two in the back pocket for potential transfers. The Huskers do have one graduate transfer on the way—linebacker Chris Kolrevic—from Northern Iowa. They could still add one-to-three more though. As we’ve seen around the country, the transfer portal is overflowing with players looking to start fresh at a new school. Over 200 players have entered the portal just this month. Finding the right players who can fill needs and fit with the team will be a priority for Nebraska. Additions can be made that way until February and beyond.
>> Texas 2022 quarterback target Alex Orji picked up an offer from TCU.
— Alex Orji (@AlexORJ1) December 17, 2020
>> Check out the cool graphics for the Huskers’ 2021 walk-on signees.
Officially a Husker🌽 pic.twitter.com/x7Ful0iQ51
— Jarrett Synek (@JarrettSynek) December 17, 2020
>> Columbus 2022 outside linebacker target Ernest Hausmann was offered by Virginia.
Ernest was blessed to have received an offer to play football for University of Virginia in the ACC tonight. Great school very honored. He always has said, “I won’t be afraid to dream big!” Keep chasing young man. (Big 10, Big 12, now ACC). pic.twitter.com/groegOOhtT
— Bob Hausmann (@bob_hausmann) December 17, 2020
>> Bellevue West 2022 tight end Kaden Helms was offered by Oklahoma State on Wednesday evening.
— Kaden Helms (@KadenJHelms) December 17, 2020
>> The latest issue of Hail Varsity Magazine is coming your way soon to review a one-of-a kind year for Nebraska.
>> Connor Culp was named first-team All-Big Ten and Kicker of the Year on Thursday.
>> In the latest Varsity Club podcast Derek Peterson is joined by Brandon Vogel and Erin Sorensen to take a peek at 2021.
>> The I-80 Preview podcast looks into a long trip on a short week for Nebraska taking on Rutgers.
>> In the latest edition of Tom’s Time a difficult recruiting year in 1994 still proved fruitful for Nebraska.
>> The Hail Varsity staff is here to answer your questions in the mailbag including our favorite 2021 signees.
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.