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Nebraska Recruiting: Will Husker Coaches Visit High School Games This Fall?

September 30, 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 last year brought a lot of challenges for recruiting.

One of the many things that was different about recruiting in 2020 was coaches were unable to go out on the road. They couldn’t see prospects in person. They weren’t allowed to visit high schools to talk with them or high school coaches. They also were not permitted to go out to high school football games to evaluate players.

Because of that, the Huskers have not had coaches out on the road since the 2019 season. There hasn’t been a big rush to get out on the road this season. The Huskers have been focused on coaching up the current team. As tight ends coach Sean Beckton noted, there will need to be a balance struck.

“I’ve been doing it a long time and that’s what we have to do, particularly during the season,” Beckton said. “There may be some times later on in the season where we have to maybe spend a day going see somebody. The biggest thing for us is being able to evaluate some young guys because we haven’t been out.

“To continue to build this program, we got to keep the guys that we have committed and then start building a relationship with some of the guys that we’re trying to get. Being away from being out and seeing guys, it’d be nice to get back out and actually physically see some guys so you’re making a good decision on guys.”

Other schools have been out recruiting. They’ve watched high school games while coaching their teams this season. It happens yearly. It is imperative that Nebraska gets out on the road to see players in person. Here’s a quick example why. The last time the Huskers were out on the road, there are 2023 prospects who were not even on varsity yet. Nebraska is playing catch-up on the trail already but not being out on the road isn’t helping matters. Beckton did explain how this happened and a potential plan moving forward.

“We have not been out. Coming up Minnesota wise, I might be going up to see a couple kids before we play that game,” Beckton said. “Hopefully Coach Frost signs off on it. He doesn’t like to do it too much but we’ll see what happens there. If I can get over during the day to see some guys and then get back for our meetings in the afternoon. If we can make that work, we’re going to try to get that done.”

Nebraska will continue hosting prospects from the 2023 and 2024 class as the season goes on. Often those visits will be the first time the Huskers have seen these prospects in person. Following that up by seeing them play in person would be wise. Continuing to show Nebraska polos at high schools across the country also has value. Frost has been slow to have coaches out on the road but we’ll see if that changes moving forward through the season.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers offered 2023 defensive back Khalil Tate on Wednesday afternoon.

>> Garden City Community College defensive back Keylon Kennedy posted his three-game highlights.

ICYMI

>> The Huskers had a late addition (Premium) to the official visit list. I’ve also got you covered with a visit preview and the full visit list (Premium) for the Northwestern matchup.

>> The latest Tom’s Time looks at all hands on deck at quarterback against Pacific.

>> Scott Frost talked the offensive line and punters ahead of Northwestern.

>> Brandon Vogel asks the question what do you see in previewing NU-Northwestern for the I-80 Preview podcast.

>> The No. 12 Huskers are hoping to take another step in week two of Big Ten competition.

>> The Nebraska Preps Postgame show takes a look into building momentum this week.

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