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Nebraska Recruiting: What’s on Deck for Nebraska This Week

May 30, 2022

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 is a big question. What is happening this weekend for Nebraska football recruiting?

This weekend has been long anticipated for Nebraska. The biggest thing happening this weekend is that a lot of top Husker targets will make their way to campus for official visits. Nebraska is expecting double-digit visitors highlighted by 4-star Lincoln East athlete Malachi Coleman. Elkhorn South standout Maverick Noonan is also scheduled to be in Lincoln for his official visit. Committed prospects Benjamin Brahmer and Gunnar Gottula will have their hands full being peer recruiters with the amount of talent expected in town.

The other big thing happening this weekend is the return of Friday Night Lights. The camp series has been going since Mike Riley roamed the sidelines at Nebraska and has become a yearly tradition for the program. It’s a great chance for those official visitors coming to town to get a small taste of the fan support given by Husker fans. It’s not normal for these camps to end up being recruiting events for teams but Husker fans show good support for the camp.

Outside of the recruiting aspect the camp is a great opportunity for players to show Nebraska coaches what they can do. There are always new offers that come from camp and the team missed these opportunities to be hands-on with prospects as coach Scott Frost mentioned last December.

“It’s really important, especially for us,” Frost said. “There’s a lot of schools a lot closer to recruiting areas with more recruits every year than we have. Getting kids to Lincoln is really important for us. I’ve said it a bunch but when we get to kids to Lincoln and they see our facilities and they meet the people and they see the environment here we got a great chance of getting them once they’re here. Camps help us do that. Obviously having visitors for games help us do that. We went basically a whole recruiting cycle without being able to get anybody here and having those camps and opportunities for kids to get to Lincoln.”

The Huskers seem to have the top of the recruiting board settled after a busy evaluation period. It’ll be really interesting to see if the camp attendees skew more toward future classes this year. The camp could be a great chance for 2024s and 2025s to make an impression on the coaching staff. There could also be the opportunity for players to get on the radar for potential walk-on spots.

There is also value in high schoolers getting coached up by college coaches to take those tips to help them prepare for their upcoming seasons. Friday Night Lights is a great event that is enjoyed by everyone.

This weekend kicks off a very busy stretch for Nebraska football recruiting. The 2023 recruiting class will really be shaped by what happens during this time.

Recruit Watch

>> Check out priority 2023 linebacker target Phil Picciotti getting better this offseason.

>> Bergan 2023 athlete Kade McIntyre was offered by Oklahoma on Sunday.

ICYMI

>> The NBDA Freshman State Tournament provided new Husker Sam Griesel his first chance to give back.

>> Make sure to check out the latest episode of the Varsity Club podcast where Derek Peterson had Steve Marik on talking Nebraska’s 2022 schedule and more.

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