Nebraska Cornhusker offensive line coach Greg Austin giving players instructions during practice
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Nebraska Recruiting: Why Does Husker Offensive Line Recruiting Seem Slow?

May 24, 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.


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 have been taking reader and listener suggestions on questions. I then answer the questions in a quick video. This week’s topic comes from a a recent appearance on the Hail Varsity Radio Show. You can catch that show Monday through Saturday with Chris Schmidt. I was asked on that show about the lack of chatter around offensive line recruits for the 2022 recruiting class.

After all, things do start up front with the big boys and Nebraska has such a rich tradition of offensive linemen.

You probably haven’t heard as much about offensive line recruiting this cycle as in previous years. There are a few reasons for that. The last three cycles fans have following the recruitment of Bryce Benhart, Turner Corcoran and Teddy Prochazka very closely. There isn’t an offensive lineman in the 2022 class right now that reaches that interest level. In a way it’s because all three of those players and more are on the roster currently.

Benhart, Corcoran and guard Ethan Piper are all freshmen this season. There are several other young linemen full of potential on the roster. The 2019 recruiting class was coach Scott Frost’s first full class. Since then the team has signed 10 offensive linemen. Only one of them, Matthew Anderson, has left the program early so far. There have also been walk-on additions like Ezra Miller and Noredin Nouili. They could turn out to be contributors.

Offensive line coach Greg Austin has the luxury of taking his time evaluating who he wants to add to the mix. It’s a good problem to have. Still, that doesn’t mean there are no offensive line targets to know. Valen Erickson, Ashton Craig, and Braden Miller are all players that Nebraska likes. Any could make their way to Lincoln in June for official visits. The Huskers could also use camp season to workout players who they’d like more information on.

If you could buy future stock on any position on the roster the offensive line would rank highly. As we’ve seen the last few cycles though, you achieve good depth by stacking recruiting classes. Nebraska won’t skip the position this year but they are in good shape now and into the future on the offensive line.

Recruit Watch

>> Husker running back target Justin Williams is working hard in the weight room this offseason.

>> North Platte athlete Vince Genatone showed a cool edit the Huskers did for him and he can’t wait to camp in Lincoln this June.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska baseball made the most of an impromptu ‘Championship Sunday’ as Mike Babcock wrote.

>> Nebraska basketball made news on Monday when it hired Shannan Lum as Recruiting Coordinator.

>> As Derek Peterson wrote, Nebraska is entertaining under Will Bolt and it’s a problem for the rest of the Big Ten.

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