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Nebraska Recruiting: Bootle's Advice for HS Players in Uncertain Times

August 10, 2020

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.

This month seems like a critical moment in the history of college football. It was a wild weekend of reports and speculation around the Big Ten pulling the plug on the 2020 football season. There was a scheduled press conference via Zoom with Nebraska coach Scott Frost. That event happened Monday as some Big Ten schools decided not to hold their scheduled press conferences.

Frost made a passionate plea to play football this season. At the end of Frost’s time with the media, he said that we would hear from a few players. Quarterback Adrian Martinez, cornerback Dicaprio Bootle and offensive lineman Matt Farniok fielded questions. They all made their own pleas on why they felt fine playing this season.

The current Huskers were all once recruits. They were asked what the prospects of high school athletes not being able to play meant. 

“When I was in high school, I wasn't very heavily recruited like a lot of other guys that had maybe 50 offers to any D1 school they wanted to go to,” Bootle said. “I didn't have that luxury. I know there are a lot of kids like that right now. Not knowing if they're going to have a season, so it's very real. That's kind of forgotten group a little bit, you know, the guys who really needed this their senior season to go out there and get the film that they needed.” 

Bootle went on to say that senior film can be crucial for emerging prospects. It happens often that a coach wants to see senior film of a player and those players need to show progress on the field before a school extends an offer. There are lots of kids panicking right now not knowing what will happen with their seasons. Decisions are being made on a state-by-state basis on playing high school football this fall, spring or not at all. 

Players dont know if they will get the opportunity to live out their college football dreams. Bootle offered up some advice.

“I just say from my standpoint, just knowing what those guys going through, just keep pushing,” Bootle said. “Break out as much as you can. Stay in tip top shape and just keep getting better. The work you're doing never goes unnoticed. Keep putting that work in and just believe in yourself and at the end of the day was for you is for you.” 

It’s been a frustrating summer out there for high school players. Late in the summer there have been camps. The Warren Academy Showcase and Kansas City Showcase have helped players get better. They've also gotten new film to show colleges how they have improved. There are plenty of kids that need this season to show what they can do. Bootle has been in these kids’ shoes and knows the impact on high school athletes is real.

Recruit Watch

>> New Jersey running back Audric Estime has narrowed his choices to six and the Huskers are included. 

>> Priority defensive line target Ru’Quan Buckley is excited for his season to start this month. 


>> One of the biggest notes from Frost’s press conference was that him saying that the Huskers are committed to playing this fall, Big Ten or not. 

>> Nebraska basketball target Jasen Green hears from the Huskers often (Premium), writes Jacob Padilla. 

>> Derek Peterson had some fun and power ranked the new Huskers by their numbers for his Sunday column. 

>> Nebraska’s chief of staff also made a case for football amid cancellation reports. 

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