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This might be common knowledge, but how many spots for commitments will we have open next year? Took 24 this year, about how many next year? More, less?
— David (@thawildbunch) March 5, 2018
Common knowledge or not, it’s a worthy question, David. A fine inquiry, in fact.
You’re right in the fact the Huskers signed 24 members to the 2018 recruiting class. NCAA rules mandate there can only be 85 scholarship players on Division I rosters. If you want to recruit evenly every cycle, that averages out to slightly more than 21 scholarships per class. Obviously, that’s not how recruiting works. Some classes are bigger than others. It’s just the way things are.
But the first one or two cycles for each coaching staff is usually an outlier. The new regimes have to factor in attrition, as players tending to leave programs after coaching changes. There’s also changes to scheme, which causes the staff to recruit more players because they didn’t have “their guys” there to begin with.
It’s why you saw 24 in the last class and will likely see a similar number in this class. Perhaps not quite 24, but I’d say a minimum 22. Scott Frost wants to flip this roster on its head, in terms of personnel. The first two classes will be key in helping him achieve that goal.
So you can expect another large class.
What are NU's chances of landing Max Duggan in 2019?
— Paul Nahas (@bvdman32) March 5, 2018
I’d say the Huskers are looking pretty good with 4-star quarterback Max Duggan. The Council Bluffs, Iowa native hasn’t been back to campus since the fall, but expect that to change in the next couple of weeks.
Duggan is looking at wrapping things up in his recruitment relatively soon. That means the Huskers will have to close strong to land him. Minnesota has come on strong in the last week or so, picking up a couple of 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions.
But until Duggan gets back to campus, I think it’s still too early to tell. And if all goes well during his spring visit(s) to Nebraska, then odds are he winds up in Lincoln, at least in my opinion.
Do u expect the staff to have 20+ recruits each year? Any big time all purpose RBs have Nebr high on the list?
— L. E. D. (@lredeugene) March 6, 2018
I’m sure there will be some years down the line where Nebraska brings in somewhere between 17-19 recruits. Again, there’s so many factors that go into scholarship distribution, such as transfers and early NFL draft declarations. Depending on those circumstances, it’s possible to have a smaller class every couple of cycles.
It won’t happen with this class, though.
As for your running backs question, I’d say to keep an eye on all-purpose backs Sean Dollars and the recently-offered Jouvensly Bazile and Wandale Robinson.
Running back will be an important position in this class, for sure.
Does Nebraska ever allow reporters to observe a day of strength and conditioning? It’d be fun to see more video and more reports of how it’s coming. — Justin T
Things are different with the new coaching staff. I’m not sure Frost likes having open practices, which leads me to believe he won’t be inclined to let reporters into the weight room to watch players work out.
For now, we’ll have to rely on tweets like this from strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval.
Penn State does something like this, though. Looks fun.
Seems like frost is Offering a lot more scholarships then Riley did. I know that will be the new norm but do other big time college coaches offer this many kids right out the gate.
— Kyle Swanson (@Kyleswanson4788) February 27, 2018
If it feels like Nebraska is offering another prospect every hour, that’s because the Huskers might just be offering at that clip. Nebraska now has 231 offers out in the 2019 class. On Monday alone, the Huskers extended 12 offers. That’s around the number former coach Mike Riley had by the end of his tenure in the 2018 class.
The philosophy here is that Nebraska wants guys who fit their style and the team as a whole. The Huskers basically had to start from scratch in this class. It may also be a philosophy of Frost. At UCF, Frost only had one full recruiting class, 2017. How many offers did the Knights put out that cycle?
That’s a lot of offers. And Nebraska might just eclipse that mark in this cycle. Coaches have different styles regarding how many prospects they offer. It’s clear Frost isn’t coy on the trail.
A lot of recruits don’t seem to know about Nebraska. They see the place as a corn field. What action can we take to change that perception ?
— cedrick ceballos (@cedestas) February 27, 2018
Frost addressed this during his Signing Day news conference. Here’s the full quote:
“You know what we have to talk about, kids in Florida, Texas and other places on what their perception of Lincoln, Nebraska, is. I think the perception out there is this is a football stadium in the middle of a cornfield and it’s always cold. I can’t tell you how many kids when I met with them on Sunday after their official visits told me this is nothing like they thought it was going to be like. So it’s going to be important for us to get kids to campus, but Lincoln, Nebraska, is no colder than a lot of schools in the Big Ten, in fact it’s warmer than a lot of schools in the Big Ten and kids are going there. There’s no reason why we can’t get them.”
Once recruits visit campus, they realize Lincoln is a lot more to it than the common perception out there. Having a hot commodity in Frost will encourage prospects to check out campus. The hope here is that word will spread that Nebraska is not just a cornfield.
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