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Nebraska Recruiting: Missed Opportunity to Step Forward

September 8, 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.


Seizing momentum can be a tricky thing. We saw Nebraska football have it all on Saturday during the first half of its game against Colorado. We saw the Huskers then slowly lose it in the second half. Recruiting momentum can be even harder to quantify. Some programs are able to recruit well while selling a vision of better days ahead. There are other programs that need proof of concept to show recruits. Then blue-chip talent flock to the program. 

I believe Nebraska is somewhere in the middle of those two categories. Coach Scott Frost and his staff have been able to put together back-to-back top 25 recruiting classes in Lincoln. Each time the team was coming off a 4-8 season. That should give some hope for the Huskers still finishing this current class strong. It can still happen that way as the loss to Colorado was only the second week of a long season. 

The problem with that loss is that it stalls momentum. Whether you bought into the team being a top 25 preseason team or a contender for the Big Ten West, there was something building to start the season. Win the first four games of the season and set up an epic showdown with Ohio State. That would prove the program belonged in the national discussion again. The visit schedule has potential double-digit official visitors for that game. It's supposed to be a massive day for Nebraska football and recruiting. 

Now it feels like Nebraska (and its fans) are forced to narrow the scope down to truly be one game at a time. There will still be plenty of work done behind the scenes to build that recruiting weekend for Sept. 28 against the Buckeyes. Yet, as a football team, Nebraska will need to earn the right to call that a showcase game. The hard work starts one step at a time. 

“You have to wake up in the morning and work out harder,” senior linebacker Mo Barry said Saturday. “That’s what you do. That’s how life is. That’s what football is. We are going to wake up on Sunday, go get treatment. Monday we are going to do film, we are going to learn from it. We will have a great Monday practice and the next team is going to get it.”

Nebraska will get another chance to prove it has taken a step forward as a program. That next chance is next week at home under the lights against Northern Illinois. Programs moving in the right direction find ways to shake off a tough loss then bounce back against a game opponent. 

One week at a time until the next big opportunity presents itself.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska running back commit Sevion Morrison posted highlights from his season opening game. 

>> Nebraska defensive back target Kendrick Simpkins had a pick-six this weekend. 

>> Dematrius Davis, a top 2021 quarterback target, made some nice throws this weekend including this one. 

>> Arlen Harris Jr., one of the top 2022 running backs in the nation, had himself a great night Friday. 

>> Huskers linebacker target and Wisconsin commit Malik Reed made some big plays this weekend. 

ICYMI

>> A good team is boring (Premium) and Nebraska isn’t there yet, writes Brandon Vogel.

>> Derek Peterson explains how despite 100 ways Nebraska lost to Colorado, only one matters. (Premium)

>> Erin Sorensen felt something familiar while in Boulder between the fans. (Premium)

>> The play of the game was Colorado’s third down sack in overtime and Jacob Padilla broke it down. 

 
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