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Nebraska Recruiting: Larger College Football Issues Weigh Heavy

August 13, 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.

The tag line of this notebook is a common refrain in college football. Recruiting never stops. 

There are very few exceptions to that statement. In fact, it feels like for the past couple of days that recruiting has ground to a halt. It only took the COVID-19 pandemic mixed with the Big Ten and Pac-12 postponing fall sports to make that happen. The sports has had a big problem figuring out how to put games on. Before the news earlier this week, teams in the Big Ten were getting ready for the season by running practices and meetings. Recruiting usually slows down during that time but not in the way it has this week.  

There has been a lot of discussion if the NCAA would allow on-campus recruiting to resume. I’ve been pessimistic on it resuming for months. It is a nightmare for schools to contain virus spread with recruits coming to campus. The NCAA announced that the recruiting dead period will be extended. It now lasts through at least Sept. 30 and the Division I Council will reconsider the dead period again in September. It began in March.

High school athletes have endured a seventh-month dead period, which has changed how they select a college. They also got another wrinkle thrown in. The NCAA announced that if players opt out of 2020 competition, they can get an extra year of eligibility. That means that there are incoming freshmen who could face-off with seniors for playing time getting an extra year. That could keep them on the bench. 

The NCAA has been largely absent in any leadership role surrounding this. Schools have been left alone to figure how best to move forward with games this fall. But the NCAA does control recruiting rules. I have a hard time imagining that even if certain conferences play this fall that those programs would be allowed to his visitors while the conferences that elected not to play do not. 

Now that the dead period is extended, another wave of commitments should be around the corner. The dust is still settling on the Pac-12 and Big Ten’s decision not to move forward with fall sports. That might delay the next wave a bit. We also have to wait to see if the SEC, ACC and Big 12 are able to pull off playing games in the fall. They plan to now and have schedules but as we saw with the Big Ten, things can change quickly.

Recruit Watch

>> Cole Martin, a 2023 athlete from the same high school in Arizona as Javin Wright, was offered by the Huskers on Thursday. 

>> Big-time Minnesota 2023 athlete Jaxon Howard was invited to the Under Armour combine. 


>> Nebraska’s President and Chancellor publicly stated they are ‘fully committed’ to the Big Ten Conference. 

>> Purdue coach Jeff Brohm proposed his own Big Ten schedule for spring football. 

>> In a letter to season ticket holders, Nebraska mentioned a possible spring season. 

>> In the latest Moore To It Podcast, Jay is joined by Jason Peter to discuss the week’s events.

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