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 Huskers’ 2022 recruiting class has reached a probable new plateau. The commitment of Florida defensive lineman Hayden Schwartz on Wednesday gave the Huskers eight commitments. That means the team is about halfway done with the 2022 recruiting class. That seems odd to say on July 15 but there is a good chance its true. There were a lot of big impacts of the free year of eligibility last season. Allowing players to use an extra season was the right move at the time.
What the NCAA dropped the ball on is the lack of guidance about what comes next. The super seniors on Nebraska’s roster this year do not count toward the 85-man scholarship limit. Next year’s super seniors will count under the current rules. That’s why you are seeing limited classes for 2022 at Nebraska and around the country.
As Nebraska sits with eight commitments here is the breakdown of commits by position. The Huskers have one quarterback commit with Richard Torres. There is one running back as Nevada’s Ashton Hayes grabbed that spot. Chase Androff is the tight end for the 2022 class. Victor Jones Jr. and Grant Page are ‘N’ at wide receiver for the program.
Nebraska is done at quarterback, running back and tight end for this cycle. The one position that is missing from the commit list so far is offensive line. The Huskers did host three offensive linemen for official visits in June. The only one who committed so far is Ashton Craig. He picked Notre Dame. Valen Erickson and Jake Maikkula remain on the board. John Pastore who the Huskers offered after a private work out is also still uncommitted.
Flipping to the defense, the Huskers have three commits on that side of the ball. Ernest Hausmann is slated to play inside linebacker. Lincoln Southeast star Jake Appleget will play outside linebacker. Schwartz is joining the defensive line room. The missing piece right now on that side of the ball is defensive back. The Huskers hosted several defensive backs for official visits in June. Markeith Williams, Avery Powell, Nathan Vail and Jaden Mangham are all still uncommitted.
A lot of attention will shift to offensive line and defensive back after the most recent commitment for the Huskers. The team has plenty of targets left that they are recruiting hard. There is a bigger question: how many want to shut their recruitments down this summer before the season starts back up?
Things are going a bit slower on the recruiting trail for Nebraska than we anticipated this summer. There are still plenty of additions left to come to boost the class before December.
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— Jonquis “JQ” Hardaway (@Jhardaway_24) July 15, 2021
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— Malik Elzy (@elzy_malik) July 15, 2021
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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.