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Nebraska Recruiting: B1G Decision Leads to HS Prospects' Confusion

August 11, 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.

Tuesday, August 11, marked a historic day in the Big Ten’s history. It was announced the conference would not be playing sports in the fall. The news came after days of speculation and several reports that the league was leaning towards not playing at the recommendation of medical experts. 

“We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult,” read statement from conference commissioner Kevin Warren. “While I know our decision today will be disappointing in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am heartened and inspired by their resilience, their insightful and discerning thoughts, and their participation through our conversations to this point. Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so.”

There are many, many questions that are now raised after this decision by the Big Ten. We will be dealing with the fallout from the announcement for weeks to come. As expected, recruits were not thrilled with the decision and are also left confused. 

Neville raises an important question. Currently, Nebraska has at least five players set to early enroll in January. Neville, Heinrich Haarberg, Teddy Prochazka, Marques Buford and Randolph Kpai all plan to make the move to Lincoln early. If the conference is able to play games this spring what does that mean for their choice to do that? Would they be eligible for the spring season? Do they have to use a redshirt for whatever a spring season looks like? 

Frost noted on Monday that eligibility concerns are the biggest thing on the minds of his current players. 

“The guys don’t want to waste a year of eligibility if we play a broken season—a two-game, three-game, four-game season where they’re going to lose an opportunity to play for a whole year,” Frost said. “That’s been the biggest concern I’ve heard from our players. We’re waiting to hear on eligibility decisions from the NCAA.”

There is so much initial shock and confusion today. Once that has passed a bigger question of eligibility of incoming recruits and current players must be tackled. The Big Ten didn’t provide immediate guidance on that subject Tuesday. In the coming days there will be a lot of curious players awaiting news on how much time they have playing college football.

Recruit Watch

>> Marlin Klein, a 2022 wide receiver/tight end from Georgia, was out getting some work on Monday. 

>> Nebraska quarterback commit Heinrich Haarberg gave us a glimpse of his training set up. 


>> Nebraska would play games this fall if it could. Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren declined to say if they could on Tuesday. 

>> Derek Peterson has five thoughts on the Big Ten’s decision to postpone fall sports. 

>> As I wrote, exposure, development and life lessons were key (Premium) for the Kansas City Showcase.

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