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 comes from many people including a pair of Tylers on Twitter. The Huskers hosted major transfer portal EDGE target Ochaun Mathis for an official visit this weekend. What are the Huskers’ chances of landing him and what is his timeline for making a decision?
The Huskers have hosted a lot of big-time official visitors over the years. I am not sure I’ve ever seen the level of attention put on one player like we saw for Mathis on Saturday. Mathis spent all his time before the game at midfield with his family. They had their own personal Nebraska staffer with them the entire time. There was no shortage of people coming to speak with them. Players, coaches, athletic director Trev Alberts and All-American Jason Peter all stopped by.
All official visitors get to take a photoshoot. It’s a staple of recruiting now. Recruits love that aspect of visits. It’s very rare that we see coach Scott Frost in those photos.
— Ochaun Mathis (@OchaunDevon) April 10, 2022
The Huskers surely did everything they could to make Mathis and his family feel welcome in Nebraska. That will give the program at least a puncher’s chance in the race to bring Mathis to campus permanently. Nebraska did get the first official visit from Mathis. With that comes the opportunity to set the bar for visits.
There are some unknown factors at play too. We are not likely to hear from Mathis himself at all during this process. High-level transfer players don’t do interviews the same way high school recruits do. We don’t know who else is for sure getting visits from Mathis. He did have a top five of Nebraska, Texas, Ole Miss, USC and Penn State back in February.
We do know when he wants to make an announcement.
My announcement will be at the end of this month.
— Ochaun Mathis (@OchaunDevon) April 11, 2022
He’s the most talked about player that was on campus this weekend for a reason. He’s a pass rush specialist having tallied 15 and a half sacks over his career at TCU. Mathis (6-5, 220) was also a two-time second-team All-Big 12 selection with the Horned Frogs. He plays the exact position that Nebraska has a huge need for. The program has tried hard to recruit and develop an elite EDGE but it hasn’t happened yet under Frost.
This portal recruitment will have the attention of Husker fans until he announces. The stakes are high. We know that Mathis can come in and help the team this season unlike a traditional recruit. Landing him would ease some concerns about Nebraska’s pass rush. There are a lot of question marks there currently.
Buckle up, Husker fans. This will be a wild ride this month.
>> The Huskers had a good visit with priority Pennsylvania linebacker Phil Picciotti this weekend.
Great time @HuskerFBNation this weekend. Thank you @BarrettRuud @coach_frost @CoachChinander @coachdawsgbr and the entire staff for a great experience! #GBR#Huskers #blackshirts #thegoodlife pic.twitter.com/9AoQN7DeQz
— Phil Picciotti (@PhilPicciotti) April 11, 2022
>> The Huskers hosted and offered 2024 Iowa linebacker Derek Weisskopf last week. Today he was offered by Iowa.
After a great talk with Coach Ferentz, I am grateful to receive an offer from the University of Iowa🐤 @CoachSWallace @TylerBarnesIOWA @AllenTrieu @SBock247 @BlairRIVALS @TheStrengthU pic.twitter.com/FuxzPSBfM2
— Derek Weisskopf (@DerekWeisskopf) April 11, 2022
>> Class of 2023 EDGE Teitum Tuioti was back in town this weekend.
— Teitum Tuioti (@TeitumT) April 11, 2022
>> I had the chance to catch up with Nebraska 2023 quarterback commit Pop Watson about his latest visit to Lincoln.
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.