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A Good Read by Jacob Padilla in Hail Varsity:
Padding the Stats: Did In-State Schools Miss on Nebraska's Recent Run of High-Major Talent?
There are a handful of Nebraska natives who will be suiting up for high-major schools next season after beginning their careers at lower levels. Should Nebraska have recruited all of them out of high school?
Included on the list were Omaha Central’s John Tonje and Latrell Wrightsell Jr., Lincoln North Star’s Josiah Allick, Lincoln East’s Sam Griesel and Aurora’s Baylor Scheierman. All five of those players went to mid-major schools out of high school before hitting the transfer portal to end their careers at a high-major school.
The main question behind the poster’s prompt was about evaluation: did Nebraska just flat out misevaluate all of these players? Were they high-major difference-makers the whole time whom the Nebraska staff should have offered scholarships and recruited hard?
I can guarantee you the current staff is doing its due diligence with in-state players — as evidenced by early offers to two 2025 prospects in Omaha Bryan forward A’mare Bynum and Lincoln Southwest wing Braden Frager. Based on conversations I’ve had, there are a number of players in the 2023, 2024 and 2025 classes in Nebraska that have caught the coaches’ eyes, but players have to clear a high threshold physically and from a skill standpoint to project to the Big Ten.