We have made it to what has become a busy month for college football recruiting and evaluation. June is a huge month because teams host a lot of official visitors to build a recruiting class early. The Huskers definitely took advantage of the opportunity to get visitors on campus this weekend with its first Friday Nights Lights camp. Nebraska had over 200 campers registered for the event.
Here are my three thoughts from the night.
Camps have an impact
These camps serve many purposes. They are fun events that those participating enjoy taking part in. The coaches get excited to coach up young players. The ability to work directly with prospects is why coaches get into the profession. It’s all about helping young players develop. The prospects at the camp get the chance to learn from college coaches and even current players.
Chris Koloravic, Marques Buford and other Huskers helped teach the campers hoping to turn heads. This has also become a showcase event for recruiting at Nebraska. The staff can show the atmosphere in Memorial Stadium since fans attend the event.
The night is also fun for current players to hang out. Many Huskers just arrived on campus recently and haven’t had a lot of time to hang out outside of lifting weights.
There were a lot of campers hoping to improve on Friday and get on Nebraska’s radar to be recruited. There were a few players that stood out who were already known by the coaching staff. Class of 2024 defensive back prospect Mario Buford made a few great plays during one-on-ones. Those plays drew a big reaction from his brother Marques and the other current Huskers spectating.
Other standouts with Nebraska offers were 2023 Illinois athlete Dash Dorsey and 2024 tight end Carter Nelson. One player without an offer to watch is Texas 2023 tight end Dahlyn Jones. The Texan made several nice catches during the one-on-one section of the camp. There is another Snodgrass who was out in Memorial Stadium making players. Dalton Snodgrass got a lot of high-fives from his brother Garrett and Nick Henrich while making plays.
Official visitors everywhere
There were 12 official visitors hanging out at Memorial Stadium on Friday night. The only player not in town that was on our full official visit preview was wide receiver Joshua Manning. I was told at the camp that he arrives on Saturday to start his visit. There were a lot of top targets for the Huskers hanging out for the camp with their player hosts.
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithHV) June 4, 2022
It was cool to see the visitors spend time with each other in a loose environment. They were getting fired up watching the campers compete against each other between talking to coach Scott Frost and his assistants. The camp also gave the visitors an opportunity to hang out with current players. Decoldest Crawford, Ajay Allen and Janiran Bonner were some of the new enrollees taking in the scene Friday night.
One fun thing about the group of visitors is how many of them knew each other before this weekend. That is a neat shared experience between the Georgia prospects. The players from Nebraska got that same experience which makes for an intriguing storyline down the road. It may come up when the players discuss their visits after they return home.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.