Recruiting Articles

Pernell: A Month in Overdrive for Recruiting

7/1/21 | Jeremy Pernell
June's hectic schedule made up for lost time and delivered results. By Jeremy Pernell. What a whirlwind month for college football. June 1 officially marked the end of the 444-day long COVID-19 induced dead period. Schools across the country went into overdrive to make up for lost time. The Huskers put together an ambitious schedule, and you have to tip…

Pernell: Should Frost Look to Add a Transfer QB?

5/6/21 | Jeremy Pernell
It's been a hot-button topic during the young offseason. With two scholarships still available to maximize Nebraska's 25 initial counters in 2021, should Frost look to add a quarterback? During his postgame press conference following Saturday's spring game, Frost indicated he would likely look elsewhere to use those last two scholarships. I think it would be wise for him to…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 DB Class

2/11/21 | Jeremy Pernell
Nebraska signed a very promising defensive back class in 2020. Unfortunately, COVID-19 and other factors caused three of the four members of that group to enter the transfer portal before the 2020 season had ended. Thankfully, the NCAA's eligibility freeze will essentially give Nebraska a mulligan in their efforts to build that room. Seniors Deontai Williams and Marquel Dismuke decided…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 LB Class

2/10/21 | Jeremy Pernell
I wrote of Nebraska's difficulties bringing in outside linebacker talent in my recap of the early signing period. You can find that write-up here if you missed it. Despite that, the staff was able to sign an impressive quartet of linebackers. There is position flexibility with each of them, however they were all initially recruited to play on the inside.…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 D-Line Class

2/9/21 | Jeremy Pernell
The rebuilding of the defensive line is going to benefit a lot from the eligibility freeze. With Ben Stille opting to return for a sixth year, every major contributor along the D-line will be returning in 2021. This gives promising youngsters Ty Robinson, Casey Rogers, Nash Hutmacher and Mosai Newsom an additional year of development without counting against their eligibility.…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 O-Line Class

2/8/21 | Jeremy Pernell
After several impressive offensive line hauls by Greg Austin, you're starting to see some of the younger pieces take over prominent roles. Cam Jurgens, Bryce Benhart, Turner Corcoran and Ethan Piper are underclassmen expected to be fixtures for years to come. That allows Austin to continue stacking players behind them with time to develop. Elkhorn South's Teddy Prochazka was the…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 TE Class

2/7/21 | Jeremy Pernell
One of the goals of this recruiting class was to replenish a tight end room that is graduating Jack Stoll and is full of upperclassmen. The Huskers did not sign a tight end in the 2020 class and the lone tight end they signed in the 2019 class (Chris Hickman) made the transition to wide receiver last season. The Huskers…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 WR Class

2/6/21 | Jeremy Pernell
Nebraska continues to try and build up their wide receiver room. I covered how difficult that process has been for Frost in my recap of the early signing period, if you'd like to review that. Now you lose Wan'Dale Robinson, which is a body blow of massive proportions on so many levels. Yet, the staff keeps plugging away valiantly. They…

Pernell: 2021 Class RB Gabe Ervin

2/5/21 | Jeremy Pernell
For the first time under Scott Frost, the Huskers only took one running back in the class. Gabe Ervin Jr. enrolled early at Nebraska and will throw his hat into the ring to replace Dedrick Mills this fall. Ervin played for Buford High School, a powerhouse program in Georgia. The Wolves, who moved up to Georgia’s largest classification this season,…

Pernell: 2021 Class QB Heinrich Haarberg

2/4/21 | Jeremy Pernell
Heinrich Haarberg wasn't atop the Husker QB board for most of the 2021 cycle. That honor fell on a pair of four-stars, Dematrius Davis and Peter Costelli. Nebraska had their class of 2020 quarterback, Logan Smothers, committed back in July of 2018, giving Verduzco plenty of time to identify targets for 2021. Davis and Costelli were the proverbial cream that…

Pernell: N2FL Ranks the Husker Signees

2/3/21 | Jeremy Pernell
With only one winning season in the last six years, Nebraska football is currently mired in a level of futility not experienced in sixty years. Despite that, Scott Frost has the program recruiting at a consistent level not seen in over two decades. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, the Huskers' 2021 recruiting haul ranks as the nation's No. 20…

Pernell: N2FL’s Top 40 Recruiting Classes of 2021

2/3/21 | Jeremy Pernell
Top 40 Recruiting Classes 1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Clemson 4. Georgia 5. Oregon 6. LSU 7. Texas A&M 8. USC 9. Michigan 10. Florida 11. Oklahoma 12. Miami (Fla.) 13. Notre Dame 14. North Carolina 15. Tennessee 16. Wisconsin 17. Texas 18. Mississippi 19. Penn State 20. Nebraska 21. Maryland 22. Florida State 23. Iowa 24. Mississippi State…

Pernell: Recapping the Early Signing Period

12/20/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Overview: By 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period, all 19 of Nebraska's High School commitments had signed and faxed their National Letters of Intent. At least a dozen of those signees will enroll early and be in Lincoln in January. The class is currently ranked No. 25 nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.…

Pernell: Nebraska adds elite JUCO Defensive Back

7/28/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Scott Frost and his staff leave no stone unturned when it comes to looking for talent to add to the roster. He has reignited the storied walk-on program and this offseason has added several transfers from FBS programs. Most notable among them are offensive linemen Nouredin Nouili, who as a true freshman last season started seven games at guard for…

Pernell: Reviewing the 2020 Recruiting Class (Defense)

2/6/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Position Group Summaries (Defense) Defensive Line (4): If anyone was a bigger target than Turner Corcoran, it might have been Nash Hutmacher. The backbone of a good 3-4 defense has always been the nose guard. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has said that the nose guard in his system needs to be "the heavyweight champion of the world." Defensive line coach…

Pernell: Reviewing the 2020 Recruiting Class (Offense)

2/6/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Position Group Summaries (Offense) Quarterback (1): For the third year in a row, Scott Frost and Mario Verduzco were able to sign a top-of-the-board class quarterback. The staff identified Logan Smothers early and were able to get him on board before they had even coached a game in Lincoln. The Huskers offered Smothers back on May 17, 2018, becoming the…

Pernell: Ranking the 2020 Husker Recruits

2/5/20 | Jeremy Pernell
The Huskers signed 23 players to their 2020 class. The 23 recruits hail from 14 different states: Florida (7), Alabama (2), Kansas (2), Texas (2), California (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Iowa (1), Nebraska (1), North Carolina (1), Oklahoma (1), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (1), Virginia (1)   Ranking Nebraska's Commits 1. Turner Corcoran (Offensive Line) Lawrence, Kansas 2. Omar…

Pernell: Top 40 Recruiting Classes of 2020

2/5/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Top 40 Recruiting Classes 1. Georgia 2. Clemson 3. Alabama 4. LSU 5. Ohio State 6. Texas A&M 7. Florida 8. Auburn 9. Oklahoma 10. Oregon 11. Michigan 12. Texas 13. Tennessee 14. Penn State 15. Miami (Fla.) 16. Washington 17. South Carolina 18. Notre Dame 19. Florida State 20. Nebraska 21. North Carolina 22. Stanford 23. Arizona State 24.…

Pernell: Frost, Nebraska Trying to Finish Strong Class

12/3/19 | Jeremy Pernell
It's official, Nebraska will not play in a bowl game for the third consecutive season, something that hasn't happened since the 1955-1961 seasons. The Huskers finished 5-7, with a dreadful 1-5 stretch to end the season. In the midst of that skid, Frost ruffled a few of his players' feathers with some of his public comments. In particular were comments…

Pernell: Recapping October

11/1/19 | Jeremy Pernell
October Recap Record/Results: 1-2 (4-4 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) Oct. 5th - Nebraska (13) Northwestern (10) Oct. 12th - Minnesota (34) Nebraska (7) Oct. 26th - Indiana (38) Nebraska (31)   What we saw on Offense: Nebraska continues to struggle offensively. Through eight games, offensive numbers in almost every key category have dropped compared to last year. The Huskers are…

Pernell: Give Frost Time

10/23/19 | Jeremy Pernell
High expectations at Nebraska? Grumbling from fans after early struggles? This is nothing new for Scott Frost. After all, this is a guy who took over for Tommie Frazier. A guy who quarterbacked a team that was a missed 45-yard field goal away from coming off three-straight National Championships. In Frost's second game as a starter, coming off of a…

Pernell: Recapping September

10/2/19 | Jeremy Pernell
September Recap Record/Results: 3-2 (3-2 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) Aug. 31st - #24 Nebraska (35) South Alabama (21) Sept. 7th - Colorado (34) #25 Nebraska (31)(OT) Sept. 14th - Nebraska (44) Northern Illinois (8) Sept. 21st - Nebraska (42) Illinois (38) Sept. 28th - #5 Ohio State (48) Nebraska (7)   What we saw on Offense: Through the first month…

Husker Dan: Recruiting by the numbers

2/14/19 | Husker Dan
150, 50, 27, 23, 20, 5 and 0 In a minute, we'll take a look at what these numbers mean. But first, it's official.  The 2019 Husker Recruiting Class came to an end last week during the anticlimactic February signing day.  Frost's first "real" recruiting class has been ranked in the Top 20 by several rating bureaus.  Not bad.  And…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Defensive Back

2/12/19 | Jeremy Pernell
After Scott Frost's first season in Lincoln, we learned a few things. First and foremost being that this upcoming season and for the foreseeable future, the Huskers are going to have one of the best offenses in the country. The other thing we know is that the defense needs work, and it starts on the recruiting trail. This staff hasn't…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Linebacker

2/11/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Nick Henrich is the most sought-after Nebraska prep player since Baker Steinkuhler in 2008. He garnered more scholarship offers (21) than any in-state recruit in the modern recruiting era, and was the first in-state prospect to earn an invitation to play in the All-American Bowl since Josh Banderas in 2013. Watching his film, you can see why it's no surprise…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Defensive Line

2/10/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Last January, the Huskers offered Ty Robinson, who was among the first 25 players from the Class of 2019 to get an offer from Frost. The staff quickly made him a priority target. Robinson made several visits to Lincoln during his recruitment, including an unofficial visit February 16, a return trip for the spring game April 21 and then for…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Offensive Line

2/9/19 | Jeremy Pernell
A determining factor of whether or not Scott Frost can get Nebraska to a point where they are competing for conference championships on a semi-regular basis boils down to how well he rebuilds the pipeline. His offense will have no problem attracting skill position players as we have already seen. But for Nebraska to ultimately rejoin the nations elite programs…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Wide Receiver and Tight End

2/8/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Blanchard (OK) High School standout Jamie Nance graduated early and enrolled in January, giving him a leg-up towards playing this fall. The 6-foot, 160-pound Nance was named first-team All-Oklahoma as a defensive back by USA Today and first-team all-state by The Oklahoman as a return specialist. He brings the kind of speed the staff covets. In fact, the moment he…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Running Back

2/7/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Rahmir Johnson was one of the first 2019 recruits this staff targeted. Scott Frost personally offered Johnson on December 20, 2017, the first day of the early signing period last year - two weeks after being hired, showing how much Nebraska prioritized him. Johnson then visited Lincoln on March 31 for the first Junior Day event and subsequently committed on…

Scott Frost transcript: Feb. 2019 Signing Day

2/6/19 | HuskerMax
On his approach in the last month of recruiting the last few spots “In the January recruiting cycle, we wanted to look around and take a look and see if we thought anybody fit us and if they did take our best swing at them. This year was different than last year. Last year, there was quite a bit of…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Quarterback

2/6/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Scott Frost signed wide receiver De'Mariyon Houston today, finishing off his first full recruiting class at Nebraska. It's the largest class the Huskers have signed since 2008. I peg the 26-man class No. 17 nationally, while the Huskers ended up ranked No. 16 (Rivals), No. 17 (247 Sports) and No. 19 (ESPN) by the national recruiting sites. In his short…

Pernell: Ranking the 2019 Nebraska Class

2/6/19 | Jeremy Pernell
The Huskers signed 26 players to their 2019 class. The 26 recruits hail from 15 different states: Nebraska (5), Georgia (4), Arizona (3), Colorado (2), Oklahoma (2), Alabama (1), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (1), Washington (1)   1. Wandale Robinson (Duck-R) Frankfort, KY 2. Bryce Benhart (Offensive…

Pernell: Top 40 Recruiting Classes of 2019

2/6/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Top 40 Recruiting Classes 1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. Texas A&M 4. Texas 5. LSU 6. Michigan 7. Oklahoma 8. Oregon 9. Florida 10. Penn State 11. Tennessee 12. Clemson 13. Auburn 14. Notre Dame 15. Washington 16. Ohio State 17. Nebraska 18. Florida State 19. USC 20. South Carolina 21. Arkansas 22. Ole Miss 23. Stanford 24. Mississippi State…

Early signing day, class of ’19

12/19/18 | HuskerMax
The first day of the early signing period for the recruiting class of 2019 went as expected for Nebraska.   Three signing-day announcements went Nebraska's way -- Ty Robinson, Jimmy Fritsche and Brant Banks -- but the long-shot possibility of landing Lloyd Summerall didn't pan out. Coach Scott Frost indicated there could be a couple of early signees besides the…

Big Red Cobcast Preview #240: Holiday Anger & Cheer for Husker Fans

12/17/18 | Patrick Janssen
The holidays are almost here, but I feel like everyone's mad. People are mad that there was that late reversal of a call, basically screwing Nebraska volleyball out of a second straight national title. People are mad that Stanford has their own crappy Paul Fell-esque political cartoonist in their locker room. People are mad that some people aren't more mad…

Javin & Toby Wright interview

10/31/18 | HuskerMax
New Nebraska football commit Javin Wright and his father, former Husker Toby Wright, discussed Javin's decision and more on 1620 the Zone's "Sharp & Benning."  | Javin Wright highlights & coverage | 2019 recruiting class     If the audio player isn't showing up above, follow this link.    

Big Red Cobcast Preview #232: VICTORY!

10/22/18 | Patrick Janssen
It's time for a new streak. One of a different stripe. 10-game losing streaks are fun and all (I'm lying), but six-game winning streaks to go to a bowl game? That's where the party's at. Maybe I'm putting the cart ahead of the horse. You'll have to forgive me. It's been a while. I'm bathing in the glory of a…

Big Red Cobcast Preview #221: Calm Before the Storm

8/6/18 | Patrick Janssen
There are tons of things to address and only so much space to address them in these preview articles. So here goes: 1.) FALL CAMP HAS STARTED!!!!!! 2.) I'm back. And apparently that means these Cobcast preview articles are, too? I guess the Cobcast empire falls into disarray when I'm out of the country. So you're welcome? 3.) FALL CAMP…

Big Red Cobcast Preview: Episode #203

4/2/18 | Patrick Janssen
What does a Husker fan do when there are no games to be played? (No, I'm not including the pitching meltdown that happened in Columbus, Ohio this weekend.) We talk recruiting and who might be fired and when. And oh did we do that on this week's episode of the Big Red Cobcast. It was Junior Day weekend in Lincoln,…

Big Red Cobcast Preview: Episode #200

3/12/18 | Patrick Janssen
There are two things you should know about the Big Red Cobcast this week. 1.) It (and our Facebook Live that you can see down below) was recorded on Saturday. 2.) I was out of town. So if you're expecting livid rants about Nebrasketball getting royally jobbed, this will not be the place. You'll have to go to our Twitter…

Pernell: 2018 Recruiting Class Summary

2/9/18 | Jeremy Pernell
Top 40 Recruiting Classes 1. Georgia 2. Ohio State 3. USC 4. Texas 5. Penn State 6. Clemson 7. Miami 8. Oklahoma 9. Alabama 10. Florida State 11. Washington 12. Notre Dame 13. Auburn 14. LSU 15. Oregon 16. Florida 17. Texas A&M 18. Tennessee 19. South Carolina 20. UCLA 21. Nebraska 22. Michigan 23. Virginia Tech 24. North Carolina…

Scott Frost 2018 signing day press conference transcript

2/7/18 | HuskerMax
On the February signees: “There wasn’t as much drama this year as in most years in the past because of the early signing day. There weren’t as many kids out there, there weren’t as many spots in schools. So it was a little less drama than a normal signing day. But there were still some kids that we were waiting…

2018 signing day 2.0

2/7/18 | HuskerMax
• Go to HuskerMax's Class of 2018 page for details on each player, including video highlights and additional coverage of their recruitment and signing.   Coverage • Omaha World-Herald:* Frost 'not here to win February,' confident first Nebraska recruiting class will have on-field success • Lincoln Journal Star: Frost: "I'm not here to win February" • Nebraska Athletics: Signees and…

Scott Frost on BTN: Signing Day, February 2018

2/7/18 | HuskerMax
  • LJS: Frost on BTN: Huskers' haul of safeties in 2018 class as good as any team in the country • Land of 120: Frost raves about highly ranked class • HuskerOnline: Frost excited about the potential to recruit at Nebraska going forward • OWH: Frost 'excited about the potential' of getting recruits to come to Nebraska • Class…

Big Red Cobcast Preview: Episode #195

2/5/18 | Patrick Janssen
There are some people who like the Big Red Cobcast. More than that, though, there are people who LOVE the Big Red Cobcast. But believe it or not, there are also people who don't dig us. Why? They probably fell off their bikes and landed on their heads when they were kids. And because everyone wants to go to a…

Recruiting rundown

2/2/18 | HuskerMax
  The Nebraska football coaching staff visit several Nebraska cities following Signing Day to discuss the 2018 recruiting class, with events set Wednesday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 8. The Husker coaches will spend time discussing the newest members of the Husker football program, and fans will have an opportunity to see video highlights of each of the signees. The…

Big Red Cobcast Preview: Episode #194

1/29/18 | Patrick Janssen
Well, this was a cheery week. All sorts of fun topics like Michigan State and how we as Husker fans should view that whole nasty situation. Also, we talk Husker football winter conditioning. Is Zach Duval going to murder a Husker with his workload, and can he possibly do the same to Tweedy? PLEEEEAASE? Seriously, we're trying to get everyone…

Transcript: Scott Frost’s signing-day conference call

12/20/17 | HuskerMax
On general impressions of the signing class “I think we have good pieces on the team in Lincoln. And I think they had more talent on the team last season than the record indicates. We’re excited to get to work with the guys that are already on campus in Lincoln, but adding talent certainly helps. A lot of these kids…

Nebraska football early signing day, class of 2018

12/20/17 | HuskerMax
Go to our 2018 recruiting page for details on each player, including video highlights and additional coverage of their recruitment and signing. Go to our 2018 recruiting page for details on each player, including video highlights and additional coverage of their recruitment and signing. Coverage • Nebraska Athletics: Conference call transcript and player bios • Lincoln Journal Star: When Frost…

Carriker Chronicles: Adrian Martinez interview

12/20/17 | HuskerMax
Nebraska quarterback commit Adrian Martinez talks with Adam Carriker about the open competition at QB, why he’s so excited to play for Coach Frost and signing with Nebraska on Wednesday. Former Husker Carriker talks with Nebraska quarterback commit Adrian Martinez on why he picked the Huskers, Scott Frost and more.