The recruiting machine churns all week. Join us Tuesday through Friday nights when we recap Nebraska recruiting news, offering analysis and context.
The recruiting weapon Nebraska has over every school in the Big Ten is Saturdays in Lincoln, Neb.
Nebraska makes it a point to get recruits to Lincoln during the season to see firsthand as the state converges on Memorial Stadium.
Coach Mike Riley talks often about the power of bringing recruits on visits to Lincoln. Earlier this season, Riley said when he sat down with each player on the current roster to ask what drew them to Lincoln, most of them said the visit to Memorial Stadium sold them.
So the announcement on Wednesday that the Big Ten will now have six prime-time games each season on Friday nights actually poses a threat to Nebraska recruiting.
Friday nights mean high school football games, which means recruits will not be able to visit schools unless they skip their high school game, which likely won’t ever happen. Recruits need to put together good film to get offers, and they only have so many opportunities to do that every season. No way they skip a game to visit a school, let alone be allowed to miss school on a Thursday or Friday to fly out.
It’s hard enough to get recruits from the coast to fly to Nebraska. For them to fly out on a Thursday and skip a game (and school) would be nearly impossible.
Nebraska’s sidelines are always full of official visitors or unofficial visitors checking out Memorial Stadium. For the official visitors, usually from out of state, it’s an opportunity for Nebraska to show the spectacle that is Lincoln on game day. Nix one of those, and it’s harder to sell Nebraska as a spectacle.
And on the flip side, if there is a Friday game, Nebraska coaches wouldn’t be able to check out recruits in person on Fridays. Earlier this year Nebraska stopped in Indianapolis on the way to Bloomington, Ind., and ended up offering a scholarship to a recruit they watched that Friday.
That would go out the window, too.
It’s a lose-lose for Nebraska for Friday night games. Nebraska will only get one every three years, but it better hope that Friday night game isn’t one that recruits would have wanted to flock to.
Jamire Calvin’s crazy tape
One of Nebraska’s top targets, 4-star WR Jamire Calvin, dropped a highlight video on Twitter Tuesday night.
— Jamire Calvin (@jcalv6) November 2, 2016
Calvin went from a 3-star recruit to a 4-star prospect this season, and this video shows why.
Calvin has 66 catches for 1,070 yards and 11 touchdowns this season at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles.
Nebraska is the leader to get Calvin, according to the 247sports Crystal Ball predictions. Calvin has offers from Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, California and Arizona. He visited Nebraska on Sept. 3.
Nebraska offers USC commit
Nebraska extended an offer to Randal Grimes, a 3-star athlete from Las Vegas, Nev.
Grimes has been a USC commit since April. He is the No. 7 recruit from Nevada.
Grimes primarily plays receiver and has 24 catches for 512 yards and 7 touchdowns. He’s also a dynamic punt returner.
Here is his Hudl tape.