Nebraska interim head coach Mickey Joseph said the program’s recruiting mentality has not changed. He said the right thing to do, what the staff will continue to do, is recruit as if there’s no possible disruption in the coaching staff.
Coaches will go out Wednesday night on recruiting trips and return on Saturday. Joseph will personally return to his native Louisiana for a recruiting trip to Monroe on Friday and New Orleans on Saturday before returning Sunday.
“We’re going to do the job the right way, we’re going to do things the right way,” he said. “We’re not going to sabotage the place and say that we might not be here. The best thing to do, the most professional thing to do, is to do things the right way.”
Nebraska invited over 60 recruits to Memorial Stadium for last weekend’s game. Joseph got the impression from recruits who visited in recent weeks are “all in.” He’s conveyed to them that they’re committing to play at the University of Nebraska, regardless of who the head coach is.
Numerous Husker recruits tweeted out “All N” graphics since former head coach Scott Frost was fired. Barry Jackson Jr., a 3-star receiver from Georgia, was primarily recruited by Joseph and announced his commitment to Nebraska on July 2. He tweeted his “All N” affirmation on Sept. 15, a few days before snagging nine catches for 155 yards.
— Barry Jackson jr.✝️🛸 (@Hollywoodbj1) September 15, 2022
While on his recruiting trip to Louisiana, Joseph could visit target Ryan Robinson Jr. The 3-star cornerback from New Orleans is a high priority target for the Huskers. Robinson snagged his first interception of the season while tip-toeing the sidelines during a 46-8 win a week ago. He also has offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn and Duke, among others.
Also in the area is cornerback Wardell Mack, lineman De’Myrion Johnson and athlete Ju’Juan Johnson. All three of them are 4-star recruits with offers also from Alabama, LSU and Georgia that Joseph is primarily recruiting. Joseph is also a listed primary recruiter of receiver Elijah Garrick, based in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The Huskers could seize immediate benefits from the push in recruiting. Lincoln East standout Malachi Coleman is still undecided ahead of his Oct. 15 commitment announcement. The Spartans’ 4-star receiver/edge rusher/athlete is now fully into this senior season and received a visit from Joseph during last Friday’s game. He’s being pursued by Oklahoma and USC, and is scheduled for an official visit to Mississippi Oct. 1.
Nebraska also still looking to clinch a commitment from Utah offensive tackle Jr Sia. He’s delivered no update on his recruitment since taking an official visit in the summer. He also has offers from Virginia and Utah State.
Together, Coleman and Sia would strengthen the Huskers’ recruiting Class of 2023.
>> Recruiting news hasn’t been entirely positive lately. Four-star edge rusher/linebacker Cameron Lenhardt from Florida de-committed from Nebraska on Sunday. He was primarily recruited by former defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive front coach Mike Dawson.
>> Nebraska is without running back Ajay Allen the rest of the year. He will medically redshirt the remainder of his freshman season.
>> A bye week provides the Huskers time to re-evaluate themselves going into the bulk of the Big Ten season.