Each month, Land of 10 will take a look at the Cornhuskers’ recruiting to-do list. This outlook focuses on three priorities for the program in the weeks ahead. We now move to April.
April is a prime month for commitments. Between a couple of junior days and a highly anticipated spring game that will double as a massive recruiting effort, Nebraska should be able to increase the size of its 2019 recruiting class by the end of the month.
How will that happen? Let’s take a look at three keys for Nebraska on the recruiting trail in April.
1. Have recruiting weekends live up to hype
If the first junior day, held last Saturday, is any indication, this should not be much of a problem for Nebraska. Reports from several in attendance on Saturday gave rave reviews. The Huskers will host another junior day this weekend, providing Nebraska with another opportunity to impress prospects. The spring game on April 21 is sold out and is expected to be quite the scene, so that will be another important weekend for recruiting.
The challenge will be living up to expectations set from the first junior day. The coaches will have to replicate the reaction among recruits this time around, as the bar has been set pretty high. The spring game atmosphere should provide all the staff needs to make it a valuable recruiting day.
2. Start landing commitments from priority prospects
It’s that time of year. Although Nebraska got off to a late start in 2019 recruiting compared to other programs, the Huskers should compile commitments throughout April. With three commitments in the class currently, it would be conceivable for Nebraska to double the size of the class by the end of the month. The aforementioned recruiting weekends will be the driving force behind that effort.
At this stage in the cycle, nearly all of the recruits who hold Nebraska offers and are being invited to these events are considered priorities. The key for the Huskers will be to start capitalizing on some regional talent, including in-state prospects Nick Henrich and Chris Hickman from Omaha Burke. Four-star quarterback Max Duggan (Council Bluffs, Iowa) is expected to make a decision this month. Adding any of those three would be a nice way to keep building the foundation for the 2019 class.
3. Take advantage of evaluation period to build relationships
The final evaluation period on the 2017-18 recruiting calendar begins April 15 and will last through May. The first two weeks of the period will be important for Nebraska coaches to hit the recruiting trail hard, interact with recruits they prioritize and gain a better understanding of those prospects whose film they like.
Seeing a recruit during this time lets him know the school is truly interested. Face-to-face meetings are essential while building recruiting relationships. Additionally, the coaches will develop an increased understanding of recruits’ personalities, allowing them to decide which ones are the best fits for the program in their quest to construct a winner at Nebraska.