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 take reader and listener suggestions on questions. I then answer the questions in a quick video. This week’s topic was all over social media this weekend following the news of Nouredin Nouili’s suspension.
How does Nouili’s suspension affect Nebraska recruiting?
The news over the weekend has a domino effect on for the Huskers on and off the field. Steve Marik did a great job of breaking down some of the potential on field questions.
Nebraska did add a pair of transfers to the offensive line room this offseason. It almost gets forgotten because of the timing. Hunter Anthony and Kevin Williams Jr. were added to the team before winter conditioning. They went through spring practice with the Huskers. Nebraska did not land an offensive lineman from the portal during the second run of transfer movement. There were not as many quality linemen available. The Huskers elected to pursue other needs at the time.
Could that change and the Huskers add an offensive lineman before the season starts? Yes, that’s possible and there have been late additions to the team in previous years. There are things that make adding a player complicated. Nebraska is still in a situation where attrition is needed to get to the 85-man scholarship limit. The team was at 88 scholarships by the most recent count so it’s not a slam dunk that the team could add anyone.
The other factor here is which position would the Huskers be looking at. The offensive line was already full of question marks before this news because we don’t know who will play where. The safest bet is that Teddy Prochazka will be the left tackle if he’s healthy. There are a lot of combinations for offensive line coach Donovan Raiola to sort through. That makes it harder to know which position to even go after with a late addition.
The Huskers do have a trio of 2023 prospects in the recruiting class. I’m confident at least one more offensive lineman will join this group. That’s great for the future but will not help the Huskers for the 2022 season. Coach Scott Frost and Nouili both said in their statements that the lineman will return for 2023. You never know what can happen in a year and there is and option the Huskers could look into the help them in 2023 if Nouili didn’t return.
The program could look into a JUCO offensive lineman that could enroll in January. That’s only if the situation changes with Nouili returning in the 2023 season. That would help give a veteran player to go along with the young offensive linemen in the 2023 class.
We still have more questions than answers about the offensive line at this point in the long and short term. It’s unlikely but not impossible for the Huskers to add another lineman before the season starts. What happens moving forward will be determined by how the room progresses this season.
>> Nebraska priority offensive line target Cayden Green released his top four schools.
It’s about that time… pic.twitter.com/QFoN7UnbIx
— Cayden Green (@CaydenGreen3) June 27, 2022
>> Huskers inside linebacker target Phil Picciotti has concluded his official visits after his trip to Auburn this weekend.
Had a great time this weekend @AuburnFootball . Thank you @crob45 @CoachHarsin @SchmeddingJeff and the entire staff for showing us your southern hospitality! #WarEagle #WDE 🦅 pic.twitter.com/5jHOurhgor
— P³³ (@PhilPicciotti) June 27, 2022
>> Check out Millard South kicker/punter Simon McClannan getting in some offseason work.
— Simon McClannan (@McclannanSimon) June 26, 2022
>> Fred Hoiberg took a break from summer workouts to speak with the media on Monday and provide updates on a variety of topics.
>> Check out the Hail Varsity YouTube channel to catch up on the latest Husker news and notes.
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.