At the end of each month, Land of 10 will take a look at how the Cornhuskers performed according to our recruiting to-do lists published at the beginning of the month. This evaluation focuses on the three priority concerns for the program’s recruiting efforts during the last four weeks. Here’s how the Huskers did in March.
March was one of the quieter recruiting months for the Nebraska football program. The Huskers picked up one commitment, 3-star defensive tackle Ethan Piper, to grow the 2019 recruiting class to three members.
The month may not have garnered the most headlines on the recruiting front, but there was plenty of behind-the-scenes work to be lauded.
Let’s take a closer look at how the Huskers did in March:
1. Keep offers flowing
Nebraska accomplished this task in a big way. The Huskers were extending offers to prospects the during entire month. It didn’t matter if they were top-50 recruits or didn’t have a 247Sports profile. If a Nebraska coach came across a high school player’s film and liked what he saw, that recruit had an offer sooner rather than later.
Nebraska had ground to make up in the 2019 class, thanks to using January and February to primarily finish up the 2018 class. The staff needed to make sure all prospects they held interest in knew that was the case, hence the number of offers. Between the tenure of Mike Riley, and now Scott Frost, the Huskers have offered approximately 275 prospects in the class.
Historically, it appears to be Frost’s philosophy to offer a high number of prospects in each cycle. Now that the Huskers have offered more prospects than nearly everyone in the Power 5, he and his staff can take the next steps in recruiting.
2. Schedule junior day and/or other recruiting events
Sticking with the “starting in a hole” theme, several other programs hosted recruiting events during January and February. Nebraska got its first crack at it this weekend, hosting a junior day. Several priority targets made their way to campus. There’s another junior day on deck for next week and the spring game will also be a big recruiting weekend.
A couple of intriguing prospects, such as John Olmstead and Nick Henrich, will make their ways to campus during their spring breaks for unofficial visits. Bringing in these recruits at this point in the process is important, so to see the Huskers making strides in that area is encouraging.
These events and visits set the table for potential commitments. Probability dictates that Nebraska will add to the class with at least a couple of prospects next month, thanks to the planning done during March.
3. Build big board, identify priority recruits
Nebraska’s coaches obviously don’t make their recruiting boards and priority lists public, so we’ll have to rely on inference for this determination. A good way of discerning whether a recruit is a priority for a school is the frequency a coach or coaches are contact him. At this point in the cycle, it looks like the Huskers are hounding an appropriate number of recruits at various positions.
This will be especially important for the position groups Nebraska needs to address in the 2019 class, which includes both lines, linebackers and defensive backs.
Running backs coach Ryan Held tweeted he likes how his board was coming together. If his fellow assistants followed suit, then the Huskers should be in good shape of knowing how they would ideally construct the class. The important part is that these boards lead to viable contingency plans that can be implemented when some recruits go elsewhere. It’s an inevitability, but being prepared and having options is essential in the recruiting game.