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Nebraska Recruiting: Will NCAA Make Changes to Recruiting Calendar?

August 20, 2020

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.

A lot is happening in the sports world right now. Each sports league has handled resuming play while mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic differently. You can tell the weak and strong points of the different sports by how they have implemented new rules.

No one could have predicted exactly how the NCAA would handle this situation. We knew that things were going to move slowly. We could have also guessed that the NCAA would be mostly reactionary as events unfolded. Part of this is due to the nature of the NCAA. Another part of it is a lack of one real leader or a commissioner of the sport.

North Carolina coach Mack Brown joined the Paul Finebaum Show last week and offered his opinion on the matter of college football needed a commissioner.

“I really wish we’d have a commissioner of college football,” Brown said. “We wouldn’t have different leagues doing different things and so much uncertainty. If we were more uniform and all on the same page then we wouldn’t be in the position we are in right now. I think that’s something we have to do moving forward. It’s never been more obvious that we have to be on the same page.”

I don’t expect college football to get a commissioner any time soon even though it’s a great idea. If the sport did have one, perhaps he or she would realize that now is the time for bold moves and proactive thinking. One decision that fits the bill is the need to do something with the signing periods this year.

California pushing high school football to spring was a big domino. The state’s championship games are currently scheduled for April 17, 2021. The completion of the season is well after the late signing period in February. What happens to kids that needed a big senior season to burst onto the recruiting scene? That scenario plays out every year so how do we account for those situations? Should there be some type of move made with signing day? Or should there be exemptions on letting players from states with spring football sign later? The same goes for junior college recruiting. That will need to be sorted out as well.

We should be finding out soon what each conference plans to have their seasons look like. Not long after that the NCAA will have some big decision to make about recruiting.

Recruit Watch

>>Offensive line target Marcus Mbow committed to Arizona State on Thursday.

>> Texas 2022 athlete Brennan Thompson posted a video of himself making easy work of throwing a ball 75 yards.

>> Louisiana defensive end Byron Turner joined Florida State’s 2021 recruiting class on Thursday.

>> Former Husker Barron Miles is happy to see his son in the scarlet and cream.

>> Florida running Thad Franklin is staying home after committing to Miami’s 2021 recruiting class on Thursday.


>> I took a look at exploring the Huskers’ remaining defensive needs for the 2021 recruiting class. (Premium)

>> Tom’s Time looked back at when there was a new and improved Kansas that yielded the same old NU-KU result.

>> Derek Peterson is here to fill us in on what we’re missing from Big Ten Media Days (aside from the pizza).

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