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.
If you didn’t look at the calendar you may not realize that we are in the offseason for Nebraska football. It was busy right after the 2021 regular season finished. The search for a new offensive staff was on followed by a mad dash to finish recruiting. Spring football started early. That rolled right into the pursuit of more transfer players.
We are past the main bulk of portal activity for Nebraska but we will see more additions to the team. We are likely to see more departures too before fall camp opens in late July. Now we are in the evaluation period which tends to be a little slower for news. Nebraska’s assistant coaches have been all over the country meeting with prep coaches. We’ve seen a slew of new offers go out.
The staff does need to do some resetting to the overall recruiting board. The team has a new offensive staff besides tight ends coach Sean Beckton. There are new recruiting territories in Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin that Nebraska hopes to make inroads with. The team is also shifting to making regional recruiting more important. All that will cause a shift in which players are being targeted for the 2023 class and beyond.
While Nebraska is making new offers the team is lining up official visits. The first round of visits later in May seem to be more for potential transfer portal players. Alabama safety Kaine Williams and Florida defensive lineman Lamar Goods announce visits. There will be many more official visits lined up for June. Senior director of player personnel and recruiting Vince Guinta enjoys June visits.
“I love June official visits,” Guinta said last month. “I think they’re the more time that the coaches can be around the kids and their families and spend time with them. I think that’s huge. We’re able to be around our players because everywhere you go your current roster is gonna be there working out. A lot of them are taking summer school. So they can still be around the players. All they need to do is look out that stadium, they kind of get a feel for it. Then with something Husker Vision has put together they can get a feel for the game. But you can’t replace the amount of time you can spend with kids. Then how beautiful is Lincoln, Nebraska, in June, you know?”
The building of the 2023 recruiting class has taken a backseat over the last several weeks for fans. It’s about to make a big comeback. Seeing who Nebraska brings in for those June official visits will shed a lot of light on the direction of the class. It will also show us who the top priorities are for the class. Nebraska’s quest to sign all seven in-state offered prospects will become a dominant storyline.
Camp season is less than a month away too. The Huskers are looking forward to getting a lot of prospects on campus to see how they perform. Portal recruiting isn’t going away completely.
The storylines for the 2023 class are about to take center stage once again.
>> The Huskers offered Florida 2024 5-star wide receiver Joshisa Trader on Thursday.
— Joshisa”jojo”Trader ¹ (@joshisathe1) May 5, 2022
>> Nebraska 2023 defensive end target out of Kansas City Williams Nwaneri was offered by Texas A&M.
— ✞ Williams Nwaneri 🇳🇬 (@NwaneriWilliams) May 5, 2022
>> Nebraska’s pin hitters could hold the key to Nebraska’s 2022 title hopes as Jacob Padilla writes.
>> Steve Marik has his eyes on the linebackers for his re-scoring the 2022 Huskers series.
>> Marik and I spoke about the transfer portal and the rise of NIL’s impact on college football this summer.
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.