Still smarting from Jamire Calvin’s (4-star, 91.1) decision to go to Oregon State over Nebraska? Put those concerns aside. There’s no time for lingering disappointment on the recruiting trail. Things move too fast.
For example, this news from late last night:
That’s wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (4-star, 95.9), who committed to Ohio State back in August via fancy video.
What happens when two top-5 WRs enter the dodgeball arena with commitments on the line?https://t.co/axiRdRpkqi
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 22, 2016
Lindsey, who played his senior season at Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman, unofficially visited Nebraska twice in 2016, coming for the Huskers’ spring game and then returning in June. Expect the Huskers to make a pretty strong push for Lindsey, given not just their familiarity with Lindsey but also their need for a few more wide receivers in this class. Also expect the competition to be pretty stiff as Lindsey had offers from the likes of USC, Georgia, Alabama, Texas A&M and others.
Re-recruiting will be a big part of Nebraska’s game plan the next few weeks as the NCAA dead period ends today. There are a number of players out there that have held Nebraska offers for some time, but were maybe back-burner guys until other things fell into place. Now they’re front-burner guys. There are also players like Lindsey, who may be having second thoughts about their initial decisions and Nebraska commits who may be doing the same.
Buckle up for a wild couple of weeks.
Many People Missed a Great Game
The overnight ratings for Monday’s Alabama-Clemson national championship game were down 2.5 percent from last year’s Alabama-Clemson national championship game.
Trying to parse some of the ratings in that story, it doesn’t look like ESPNEWS’ “film room” broadcast was included in those numbers because I don’t think ESPNEWS is a metered channel. Who knows if that would’ve made a difference, but there was a lot of chatter about that broadcast on Twitter. Seemed like people were watching.
For some additional context, here are the overnight numbers for the title game going back to 1999.
TV ratings of college football title game, going back to first BCS in 1999 pic.twitter.com/JfNueLOlXZ
— Jeremy Mauss (@JeremyMauss) January 10, 2017
And last TV note, Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reviews ESPN’s megacast.
The Grab Bag
- ICYMI: Barry Switzer told Chris Schmidt of Hail Varsity Radio that he would not have gone for two if he were coaching the 1984 Orange Bowl. Also, Erin Sorensen put together this handy primer (Premium) for the official visitors expected to hit Lincoln this week.
- Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers is skipping his senior season and heading to the NFL Draft.
- Another day, another too-early top 25.
- Speaking of which, Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune has the Huskers ninth in the Big Ten in his 2017 lookahead.
Today’s Song of Today
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.