Nebraska Recruiting: No Stone Left Unturned for Huskers
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Nebraska Recruiting: What’s Next for Huskers 2023 Quarterback Recruiting?

November 22, 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.

There was quarterback news related to the Huskers on Sunday afternoon. Louisiana 2023 quarterback Reese Mooney made his college decision. He announced his commitment to Vanderbilt.

Mooney had long been a preferred quarterback target of the Huskers for his class. He visited Lincoln for the spring game on his own dime. The signal-caller came out to Nebraska for a game day visit for the Michigan game. It was during that trip that the Husker communicated to him that he was the team’s top target at the position which excited him.

“It feels great,” Mooney said. “It makes me work even harder. I have coaches that really trust me. I don’t want to let people down.”

After that trip things started to slide for Nebraska on the field. That ultimately resulted in four offensive coaches being let go by coach Scott Frost. That included quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco. Mooney was close with the departed coach. The offensive shakeup also prompted questions about the future direction of the offense. We don’t know what will happen with Nebraska’s offensive staff. There will likely still be an emphasis on a quarterback that can use his legs to stress a defense. Mooney might be better suited for a more pro-style attack in college.

Where does that leave the Huskers with 2023 quarterback recruiting? The team did recently offer Iowa quarterback JJ Kohl. He’s definitely a classic drop back passer. Unless huge changes are coming, his fit doesn’t seem great for Nebraska. The possibilities are wide open for the Huskers for two reasons. First, the team has only offered Mooney and Kohl at quarterback for the 2023 class. The program seemed all in on Mooney so this offers a reset.

There is another reason that Nebraska has wide open possibilities. The team does not have an offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach. Whoever fills those roles will have a lot of say in the direction of recruiting for the position. There is the possibility of a transfer quarterback coming to Nebraska. It doesn’t have to be a graduate transfer situation either. The Huskers could strike gold and pick up a signal-caller who has more than one year of eligibility left. That would alter the course of 2023 quarterback recruiting.

The Huskers could go into the 2022 season with a battle between Logan Smothers and Heinrich Haarberg to be the starter. Both are young and the winner of that battle would have multiple years of eligibility left. The Huskers would still look to bring in a high school quarterback in the 2023 recruiting class.

The future of the quarterback position is potentially in transition right now. In the short term, we don’t know if Adrian Martinez is returning for a bonus season. In the long term, there are several questions about recruiting at the position. That’s because we don’t know who will be coaching the group. We’ll have more answers over the next month but until then it could be a bumpy ride.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska 2023 wide receiver target Joshua Manning was offered by Cincinnati on Sunday.

>> North Platte athlete Vince Genatone had a good visit to Northern Arizona over the weekend.

>> Check out Nebraska running back commit Ashton Hayes’ senior highlights.


>> Adrian Martinez won’t be available to play against Iowa on Friday. We have the other news and notes from the Scott Frost press conference.

>> The Huskers defense is anxious (Premium) for the rivalry game with Iowa on Friday as Steve Marik writes.

>> Nebraska women’s basketball coach Amy Williams spoke Monday about her team’s strong start to the season and more.

>> As Derek Peterson wrote, everything is a mess but maybe Nebraska is one of the best three-win teams we’ve seen.

>> Nebraska volleyball is heading into the final week of the regular season with the Big Ten title up for grabs.

>> Steve Marik has five standout plays (Premium) on the rewatch against Wisconsin.

>> With Martinez out on Friday backups Logan Smothers and Heinrich Haarberg are ready to step into action.

>> I took a look at Nebraska’s tackling woes, aggressive offensive mindset (Premium) and more ahead of the Iowa game.

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