The first day of the early signing period is in the books. There was a lot of excitement for the Huskers. The team added two new high school commits to the 2022 class. The commits coming into the day all signed early in the morning. That made for a comfortable day for the coaching staff.
The early signing period isn’t over as it runs through Friday. What’s next for the Huskers in shaping the roster for a critical fifth season for coach Scott Frost?
The biggest question remaining for the early signing period is the decision by Louisiana wide receiver Decoldest Crawford. This is exactly what the Huskers hoped for when wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph was hired. The team hoped that he would help open doors with prospects that the team could not land before. Crawford (6-1, 185) fits the bill of one of those types of players. He was a long-time LSU commit so Joseph knows the playmaker well. Crawford is set to make his announcement about his college choice on Friday morning. It’s trending in the right direction for the Huskers right now. We’ll see if the Huskers can close the signing period with some fireworks down in Louisiana.
Once we get through the early signing period the Huskers will continue their focus on the transfer portal. Nebraska already has commitments from a handful of transfers. Kicker Timmy Bleekrode and punter Brian Buschini are coming in on scholarship. Their task is to help fix the special teams woes. Arizona State defensive back Tommi Hill is a good addition to the defensive back room. Hill figures to compete for playing time immediately. Offensive lineman Kevin Williams Jr. has a passion for offensive line play and will try to get in the mix.
There will be more portal additions by the Huskers. We know that quarterback will be a focus. The team will try to add at least two more offensive linemen to the mix. The tricky thing about portal additions is that there isn’t the same deadline as there is with high school recruits. They don’t technically sign anything but enroll at their new school. The date to keep in mind is Jan 19. That’s when the new semester begins for Nebraska. It’s a little later than usual which actually helps the football program in this case. The Huskers would ideally like to have the bulk of its transfers enrolled by then. There will be special cases but that’s the preference.
The one position where it’s not wise for Nebraska to make an exception on enroll date is quarterback. Everyone wants to know when the Huskers will land a signal-caller. I am surprised we haven’t seen more movement around the country with portal quarterbacks selecting schools. The only big-time one that we’ve seen is Spencer Rattler with South Carolina. There are plenty of quality quarterbacks still out there. More names become available each day. The Huskers need to have one in the fold by early January. Getting the most amount of time is important. That quarterback has to get to know the team. He also has to go through winter conditioning, spring football and learn a new playbook. My sources still say that Myles Brennan is the number one target for the Huskers. You have to wonder about a player like Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada.
There has been so much change around college football. That includes Nebraska this offseason. It would be smart to expect some unexpected events. We can forecast as many scnerios as possible. If this offseason has taught us anything it’s that we are in for a roller coaster. The Huskers are certainly working on players that are not on anyone’s radar right now. New names will surface for high school, JUCO and transfer targets.
The reshaping of the Nebraska roster might just be beginning. We are closing the early signing period but the work will continue for the staff.
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.