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Nebraska Recruiting: Which States Should the Huskers Recruit More?

April 05, 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 come from Steve Fifer on Twitter. The Huskers definitely have states they lean on for recruiting to build the roster. What about the flip side of that? Which states would we like to see Nebraska recruit better?

Focusing on the states in the Big Ten that produce offensive linemen makes a lot of sense. The Huskers have to face Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota on a yearly basis so why not recruit those areas more? The Huskers do recruit Iowa hard. That effort is led by defensive coordinator Erik Chinander who is an Iowa alum. Let’s keep it specifically about offensive linemen. The Huskers have not recruited a lot of players from those states. Bryce Benhart is the only offensive lineman from one of those states at Nebraska.

Wisconsin is the gold standard for offensive line play in the conference. The team is always solid up front and is known for developing players. I mentioned in the video that I would pull the information on Wisconsin’s offensive line. It feels like the team leans heavily on in-state recruiting to power its line. The 2021 Badgers listed 19 offensive linemen on the roster. Thirteen of the 19 were from Wisconsin. Every lineman listed on the roster was from a state in the Big Ten footprint.

It would be reasonable to say the Huskers could stand to recruit more of those players. Now that the team has offensive line coach Donovan Raiola on the staff we could see the Huskers make a push. It’s difficult to snag players from states with an established in-state program. That’s truer for Wisconsin where the identity is closely tied of offensive line play.

There is a state that Nebraska fans would love to see the team recruit more––Missouri. The team’s presence in the state has been hit or miss over the years. Jaevon McQuitty from the class of 2017 was the last player the Huskers signed from Missouri. The Huskers have put out offers in the state but there has not been a dedicated ace recruiter for the area in a long time.

That was until recently. The Huskers have charged Mickey Joseph with re-igniting the program’s efforts in St. Louis. Bill Busch is leading the charge in the Kansas City area. The issue is that as Nebraska has had inconsistent focus in the state, others schools have set up shop. Every major program in the country recruits Missouri now. It gets the best programs in the Big Ten after its prospects and the SEC with the Tigers being in that conference.

There are always going to be states that people wish a program recruited better. Teams have to pick battles wisely because it’s easy to waste time chasing prospects you won’t get. It all sounds so simple. Set up a model to take advantage of the states Nebraska does well in while plugging holes elsewhere. That is a recipe for success. Executing it is the hard part.

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