When it comes to offering prospects on the recruiting trail in the 2019 class, the Nebraska football program has not been shy.
Take a look at the recruiting trends for Scott Frost’s past programs, and it becomes apparent that his teams offer a significant number of prospects in every class.
Over the course of the last month, if it has felt as if the Huskers have offered a new recruit every time you refresh Twitter, that’s because it might be the case. Nebraska has offered 261 prospects already in the class. The total leads the Big Ten. No Group of 5 program has offered more prospects than the Huskers. They rank seventh among Division I and Power 5 programs as of Wednesday.
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Only Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Florida and Louisville have offered more prospects in the 2019 cycle.
Nebraska finished with 277 offers in the 2018 class and 280 the cycle before that. Frost and his assistants almost will certainly eclipse those marks over the course of the next few months, if not in the ensuing weeks. The Huskers managed to offer another prospect, 4-star guard Zeke Correll, as I was writing this.
Frost’s philosophy, which he developed at UCF, is to never be stingy with an offer.
UCF offered 295 prospects in the 2017 class, Frost’s only full cycle as the Knights’ coach. During the incomplete cycle of 2016, when Frost and his staff took over in December, they managed to extend 213 offers. But the most whopping number comes from the 2018 class, in which UCF offered 380 prospects. Obviously, it’s difficult to determine exactly how many the staff offered before departing for Nebraska, but it’s a good bet Frost and his staff accounted for the vast majority of the offers before Josh Heupel and his team took over.
The trend started upon his promotion to offensive coordinator at Oregon. The Ducks never broke 100 until he became the offensive coordinator, with 114 offers in the 2014 class and 138 in 2015.
Perhaps there is no real correlation here. For one, whenever there’s two coaching staffs offering players in one class, the number of offers will be higher based on personnel preferences, especially if there’s a significant change in scheme, as is the case with Nebraska. But there are other contributing factors to consider when wondering about the number of offers.
Maybe some of Frost’s key assistants have influenced him and stressed the importance of offering many prospects. Maybe it’s just a product of the schools where Frost has coached. At UCF, Frost needed to cast a wide net to bring in the types of players he wanted. The previous staff at Nebraska also offered a high number of prospects. With the state of Nebraska and its surrounding areas not primed with top talent compared to other areas, such as the Southeast, it’s a necessity for the Huskers to offer more prospects since they’re recruiting further away from home.
Another driving force behind the high number of offers could be Frost’s personal philosophy. It’s possible Frost feels the program has nothing to lose by reaching out to a recruit. Prospects hardly will ever commit to a school unless the team has room for them in the class, which is more commonly referred to as a “committable offer.”
These are just some explanations as to why Frost and Nebraska have offered so many prospects in the 2019 class.
The question now is, how many more will the Huskers offer?