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Nebraska Recruiting: The Clock is Ticking with Adrian Martinez

April 24, 2019
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Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


The window for Nebraska to win while having sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez on campus is currently wide open. The FWAA Freshman All-American currently has great Heisman odds with some sportsbooks giving him with the fourth best odds to take home the award. 

When you have a quarterback that is on the trajectory that Martinez is currently on, the race is on to surround him with talent to win big. Coach Scott Frost acknowledged that Tuesday on ESPN AM 590 in Omaha. 

“We feel like we’ve got a really good quarterback and we’re in a hurry to surround him with the type of weapons that we need in order to have a really good offense,” Frost said. “You’re kind of on a clock with that. We feel really good about young quarterbacks, but while we’ve got a guy like Adrian, we want to surround him with as many good weapons as we can and guys that can change games.”

From my point of view covering recruiting, Martinez has already been a focal point of Nebraska’s recruiting efforts. The school (smartly) uses his stats to showcase the offense. As a result, recruits talk about being excited at the prospect of playing with him. In fact, there was once a very high-profile example of that in the last recruiting cycle with Wan’Dale Robinson. 

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Robinson said of playing with Martinez. “You don’t really get the chance to play with a quarterback that talented and especially since he is so young. Knowing that I get to play with him for at least the next two years and possibly three It’s just going to be really fun to have all the pieces around him that will enable him to do what he does best.”

Players like Robinson who look to have an immediate impact on the field as true freshmen are hard to find. As Nebraska continues to shape its program around the Heisman hopeful quarterback, the Huskers hope that more prospects will want to join the fray. Also, the players already in Lincoln will need to continue making strides as the team tries to make a Year 2 jump in Frost’s offense.

Recruit Watch

>> Jay Harris, a 2020 linebacker from Texas, picked up an offer from Nebraska on Wednesday.

>> The Huskers are continuing to roll out new edits for recruits. Check out this one for Florida running back Marvin Scott.

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>> Nebraska baseball dropped the season series to Creighton on Tuesday night.

>> In our preview for the April edition of Hail Varsity, we show you that Fred Hoiberg has a new blueprint for Nebraska basketball.

 
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