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As Brandon noted in the the “Recruit Watch” section of Monday’s recruiting notebook, Aug. 1 marked the first day that 2023 prospects could receive their official offers. That meant a slew of similar-looking tweets flooding timelines across the country.
Here’s what Nebraska’s looked like:
— Malachi Coleman (@ChiColeman23) August 1, 2022
extremely blessed ! pic.twitter.com/KvpqN1kfuD
— Dwight Bootle II (@BootleII) August 1, 2022
While Aug. 1 marked the first day of “official” offers, most of these targets already had their verbal offers (and a number had already verbally committed). How did we get here?
To start, the coaches and programs for most Division I and Division II sports can start reaching out to prospects on June 15 following their sophomore year of high school. Prospects are not allowed to have a conversation about recruiting during a camp prior to that June 15 date, so it’s an important one. From there, coaches—and athletic departments—are not allowed to be involved in a prospect’s unofficial visit until Aug. 1 of their junior year of high school.
With all of that said, that June 15 date following sophomore year is the key. It is ultimately what restricts any kind of verbal offer from being made to a prospect prior to then. The rule was put in place by the NCAA to prevent early recruiting and restricts not just the verbal offer, but also any kind of hint at a scholarship or discussion of admission to a school or any form of financial aid.
When you see offers start to be made, we know the prospect is at least heading into their junior year of high school. However, those offers remain verbal only until Aug. 1 of a prospect’s senior season. That is the official date in which a Division I program can put that verbal offer in writing.
And in the form of social media graphics now too.
According to 247Sports, Nebraska has made a total of 310 offers for the 2023 recruiting class. Let’s just say Nebraska likely did not make 310 graphics to commemorate Aug. 1. It feels likely those were reserved for those already committed and those high on the Huskers’ board. Everyone else likely just received their offer in writing via email.
This is just one step closer to finalizing a 2023 class for any program. Nothing is official until signing day and everyone puts their signature on the dotted line but for now, it’s another step toward that.
And so recruiting continues to go.
>> Let’s look at basketball recruiting quick. Jaden Jackson, a 2024 Bellevue West guard, unofficially visited Nebraska on Monday.
— Jaden Jackson (@JadenJ2024) August 2, 2022
>> And little baseball recruiting note as the Huskers pick up a junior college transfer from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.
Firstly, I’d like to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates. With that being said, I’m proud to say I will be continuing my academic and athletic journey at the University of Nebraska. #GBR #Huskers pic.twitter.com/bsglq8xoi8
— Daniel Young (@danielll_young) August 1, 2022
>> After an illness sidelined Broc Bando just before his first career start in 2021, the senior offensive lineman thought his career might be over. Instead, he’s back for a sixth year and battling for a starting spot again.
>> The Check out all of the action in our photo gallery from staff photographers John S. Peterson and Eric Francis.opened a portion of football practice for the first time in 2022.
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.