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Nebraska Recruiting: Husker Players Enjoy Role as Peer Recruiters

August 14, 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.


Peer recruiting has taken off, especially as social media has embedded itself into our way of life. That causes high school recruiting to be more public than ever. If a high-profile player is being pursued on social media by players who want him to be a teammate, we find out about it. 

Yet, once a player gets on campus, peer recruiting doesn’t end. The player becomes part of the next group of peer recruiters. We have seen many young players step up into that role after arriving in Lincoln last season. Sophomore outside linebacker Caleb Tannor believes he is one of the best recruiters on the team. The Georgia native enjoys trying to get fellow Southerners to Lincoln. 

Sophomore defensive back Cam Taylor had something to say about who the best recruiter on the team is though.

“Whoa, whoa, hold on, let me check . . . I could say me, and I’m going to give him his props, too, Caleb, man,” Taylor said following Tuesday’s practice. “Our freshman class, we did a lot of recruiting for that 2019 class. Even those [junior college] guys, we had some JUCO guys come in and we had to recruit them as well. We just keep it real with them. Coaches don’t give us a script or anything, you know, to try to tell them. We just try to keep it real because at the end of the day, I know they want to be here and they’re going to actually put in the work to be here and stay here.”

That last line is key. The current players know that selling a bill of goods to recruits to get them on campus isn’t effective long-term. Player hosts on the team will share feedback with coaches if they don’t feel a prospect is a fit for the culture that’s building at Nebraska. 

Quarterback Luke McCaffrey takes that honest approach when he talking to potential future teammates. McCaffrey has also taken an active role as a peer recruiter. He blossomed in that role when he helped start a group chat for the class of 2019. Now he wants to spread the word about Nebraska. 

“If people have questions, I answer them. I show them what Nebraska is truly about,” McCaffrey said. “I don’t think there is anything about this program that we need to hide or cover up. It’s really cool to be able to come here and just show what Nebraska is all about and what this program wants to do, what we are in the process of doing.”

McCaffrey is so young in the program that he has a unique view on being freshly recruited and can be a helpful recruiter. Nebraska’s coaching staff stayed true to their word with him through recruiting process to when he arrived on campus. The staff’s honest approach drew him to Nebraska and he’s hoping it helps with future prospects.

“Anybody else, who is looking at Nebraska, it’s not going to change once you get here,” he said. “For me, I wasn’t sure about that and you are never positive about what is going to happen. They are going to show their true self though [in the recruiting process] and that’s special.”

Recruit Watch

>> Florida wide receiver Marquez Bell wants everyone to know his recruitment is still open. Bell had interest in Nebraska before committing to USF.

ICYMI

>> The Hail Varsity staff gave their observations for the 11th practice of fall camp. 

>> There is a sense of urgency from the Husker wide receivers and it couldn’t have come at a better time. 

>> Georgia freshman running back Ronald Thompkins is back on the football field after a long road back. 

>> Adrian Martinez talked about the Huskers offense and more with the media on Wednesday. 

>> Erin Sorensen has your practice report, including how Jaevon McQuitty has a renewed sense of confidence.

 
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