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Nebraska Recruiting: Wild First Week of Offseason Shakes Things up For Huskers

December 05, 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.

How has it only been a week since Nebraska’s season ended?

We knew that a lot would happen in a short amount of time after the season concluded. That was expected. What wasn’t expected was how much the news would impact the Huskers.

The coaching carousel is spinning at warp speed right now. We are still feeling the impact of the seismic moves made by Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly. Even though each upgraded his job there is a trickle-down effect with moves that big. The obvious one is what happened with Nebraska and new wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. The decision for Joseph not to remain on LSU’s staff is a big boost for the Huskers. They gain instant credibility in recruiting and development with Joseph on staff.

We have also seen a lot of player movement as a result of the coaching carousel spinning in college football. The portal is so easy for players to get into to find a new school. A team risks losing players any time a move is made. It could work out to Nebraska’s benefit. The more players that enter the portal from other schools the better. Nebraska has ramped up its portal offers during the first week of the offseason. The team could look to add as many as nine players from the portal before the start of next season. More players in the portal just gives the Huskers a wider pool to evaluate.

Decommitments will be part of this too. We’ll see how many players step back from schools over this week as more coaching changes occur. That also puts some extra players in the pool for the Huskers.

It’s not all good news for Nebraska.

The search continues to fill out the other spots on coach Scott Frost’s staff. This could end up being a good thing and Nebraska could be on the verge of bringing in a group of quality coaches. The perception right now is that Frost is having trouble landing his top targets. That may not be the case. He hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt through the first four years of his tenure at Nebraska though.

The portal will be key for the Huskers boosting the roster in 2022. We are also seeing that Nebraska has lost some key players. Quarterback Adrian Martinez is moving on from Nebraska. Cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt and tight end Austin Allen already declared for the NFL Draft. They were joined by defensive tackle Damion Daniels in declaring for the NFL Draft. We could see another player or two join them soon.

It was a wild first week of the offseason. It ended with the Huskers picking up a commitment from defensive lineman Brodie Tagaloa. The defender was an off the radar name that the team had been in contact with since May. If we’ve learned anything this week it’s to expect the unexpected. Buckle up because there is a lot more news to come in the next week.

Recruit Watch

>> Oklahoma transfer wide receiver Jadon Haselwood has committed to Arkansas.

>> Priority transfer target Hunter Nourzad was offered by Louisvill on Sunday.

>> The Huskers hosted transfer defensive back Ryan Stapp for an official visit this weekend. He was offered by Northwestern.

>> Recent 2022 defensive line offer Brendan Flakes committed to Northwestern on Saturday. Flakes was looking at taking an official visit to Lincoln next weekend.


>> Ally Batenhorst and balance boosted Nebraska past Florida State into the Sweet 16.

>> Check out the Hail Varsity photo gallery of the Huskers’ sweep of Florida State.

>> As Steve Marik wrote, Mickey Joseph brings instant credibility to Nebraska’s receiver room (Premium) but can he unlock its potential?

>> Jacob Padilla has five thoughts (Premium) on Elkhorn South’s 73-48 win over Grand Island.

>> The Huskers shooting came up short in a 68-55 loss to Indiana.

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