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Nebraska Recruiting: What to Expect During Contact Period

December 1, 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.


We are 17 days from the early signing period. The next couple of weeks figure to be a wild time around college football. The Contact Period is also back open in college football. During a Contact Period college coaches can meet with recruits or their parents face-to-face off-campus, they can visit their high schools and can watch recruits compete and/or work out.

We are already seeing the Huskers staff out on the road. Record-setting running back commit Sevion Morrison was among the first to get an in-home. He welcomed coach Scott Frost, running backs coach Ryan Held and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco on Sunday afternoon. 

Look for Frost and Verduzco to head to Alabama to check in on quarterback commit Logan Smothers Sunday evening. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander stopped by for lunch with outside linebacker commit Blaise Gunnerson. The Iowa defender will now be early enrolling at Nebraska. Offensive line coach Greg Austin was in Lawrence, Kansas, to see commit Turner Corcoran. 

After the game against Iowa, Frost was asked about his message to recruits as his staff prepares to hit the ground running towards Dec. 18.

“Just that it’s coming,” Frost said. “We all know it’s coming. The guys in the locker room know it’s coming, the coaches know it’s coming. There’s no timetable for it. Sometimes it happens quicker than you think, sometimes it takes a little longer. I know we’re doing the right things and getting the right guys in here, developing guys the right way and it’s coming. 

“I think we were in about six close games this year, and we went 2-4. Sometimes a little bit of confidence, a little bit of momentum, one more guy, one more play. There’s about four games you can point to one play and say if that play is different, that game’s different. We still have a long way to go, and at the same time, when you come up one play short in several games, you’re not that far away either. 

“It’s coming, and I think people recognize that, and we’ll make sure the recruits recognize that too.”

Frost is not wrong in pointing to the close losses the team suffered in both 2019 and even 2018 as reasons for optimism. There are plenty of things to go through with a fine-tooth comb as you evaluate Frost’s program but it’s an easy sell to say to prospects that they are the missing pieces. 

One thing that will make these next two weeks even more interesting is that we have just two visit weekends before Dec. 18 due to Thanksgiving being so late in the calendar this year. There could be some flips out there to be had especially from schools making coaching changes. We have already seen a number of schools make changes just one day into the offseason. 

There will be plenty of intrigue on who the Huskers visit over the next couple of weeks. Expect the visit weekends to be busy too as the team has key spots to fill. 

Recruit Watch

>> Priority JUCO wide receiver target Omar Manning could be inching closer to a decision on where he will play next season. 

>> There were plenty of Iowa natives on the sidelines for the game on Friday. Dodge Sauser, a 2021 lineman, was one of them. 

So was priority defensive end Jeff Bowie who is being recruited by Iowa too. 

>> Chase Contreraz, a JUCO kicker over a Iowa Western, was in Lincoln for the game too. 

ICYMI

>> The Huskers hosted an important official visitor for the Iowa game. JUCO defensive end Julius Coates was on campus for the weekend and the Huskers left a big impression on him.

>> The Hail Varsity staff had an end of season roundtable and tried to answer the question of how we should view 2019 Nebraska.

>> The No. 6 ranked Husker volleyball team suffocated Ohio State to close the regular season. 

>> Jacob Padilla put the senior spotlight on three splash plays from Senior Day. 

>> Take a look at the Huskers’ high school recruits’ season in review with this gallery.

 
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