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Nebraska Recruiting: Which States are the Early Focus for 2022 Recruiting?

February 16, 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.


Every year a lot is made about the amount of offers that Nebraska sends out to prospects. The Huskers have been in the top five of total scholarships offered each cycle under Coach Scott Frost. They sent out 444 in the 2020 cycle. In the 2021 cycle, the team offered 392 players. So far 2022 has received 322 offers. There is plenty of time left in the 2022 cycle but the numbers are trending down.

It’s safe to say that this staff views an offer as a show of good faith that they are interested in a prospect. That helps when trying to get players to visit from far away. Even with the large number of offers there is value in looking at which states get the most offers from the Huskers. That gives clues on which states are the primary focus for the team. Here is a look back at the last two cycles’ top three.

2020

  • Florida: 69
  • Texas: 62
  • Georgia: 36

2021

  • Florida: 65
  • Texas: 48
  • Georgia: 38

The last two cycles have been consistent with the top three states for Husker offers. Both years also featured California in the fourth spot. Alabama has taken the fifth spot the last two cycles. Here is how the 2022 cycle is going so far.

2022

  • Florida: 41
  • Georgia: 36
  • Texas: 33

It looks like the top three will remain similar through the 2022 cycle. California currently holds the fourth spot. Missouri is holding down the fifth slot with the most offers for Nebraska in the 2022 cycle though. That makes sense because it is another strong year in the Show Me State. That could also be the impact of Nebraska putting more focus on the 500-mile radius as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is one thing that has surprised me about how the top three has broken down. Texas has been a bigger and more consistent focus than I thought. In the 2020 cycle, Nebraska signed Omar Manning and Will Nixon who are from Texas. Latrell Neville and Marques Buford are the Texans in the 2021 class. The increased efforts by Nebraska is starting to yield results.

Florida will probably always be the top state on the offer list given this staff’s history but the overall number of offers is coming down. The gap between the states also seems to be shrinking as time goes on. It’s not enough to make sweeping judgements yet. It can be said that the Huskers are making some adjustments to the recruiting plan.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers offered Georgia tight end Oscar Delp recently.

>> Lewis Central (Iowa) defensive lineman Hunter Deyo picked up an offer from Oregon on Monday.

ICYMI

>> In the latest episode of the Straight Up Breakdown podcast Jay Foreman and I talk about how hard it is to stay in the game mentally.

>> Nebraska volleyball is ready for its next test in No. 5 Minnesota.

>> Coach John Cook met with the media on Tuesday, and you can watch the full video here.

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