Scott Frost made clear Monday that goal No. 1 this week is to beat Bethune-Cookman, so at least in that regard, there’s nothing different about Nebraska’s approach to the next five days.
But in addition to that charge and also getting the players a day of rest — NU took the Monday of a game week off for the first time that senior Jerald Foster can remember — the Huskers are also looking to make some hay on the recruiting trail.
“We are going to get a couple coaches out this week, but we’ve been doing that in other weeks too,” Frost said, sticking by the plan he laid out when the Bethune-Cookman game was finalized last month. “We’ve got some capable guys as (graduate assistants) and helpers that are capable of getting us through a practice, and we’ll get some (assistant coaches) out to help recruiting.”
Of course, it would have been an even bigger focus if NU had an open date this weekend rather than a game.
Really, Frost and the Huskers expect the week to be a continuation of some recent recruiting momentum. Nebraska had a big group of players spanning at least the next three recruiting cycles on hand to see a resounding win over Minnesota on Saturday.
The four official visitors — 2019 defensive backs Tavian Mayo and Noa Pola-Gates, athlete Darien Chase and verbally committed receiver Jamie Nance — were joined for most of the pregame by coveted 2019 tackle Bryce Benhart. One of the top regional tackles for the class of 2020, Turner Corcoran of Lawrence, Kansas, was on hand, as was 2021 tackle prospect Teddy Prochazka, an Elkhorn South lineman who earned an offer from Nebraska.
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Four-star 2019 all-purpose back Wandale Robinson (Frankfort, Kentucky) wasn’t at the game, but several people in the recruiting industry signaled their belief that Nebraska is in good shape for the playmaker, who is slated to make his decision Nov.1.
All in all, it was a good weekend for the Huskers, who currently have 17 verbal pledges for the 2019 class, a group that currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten and No. 28 in the nation per the 247Sports Composite system.
“Recruiting is going really well,” Frost said. “We need it, too, because we need to supplement what we have already on the team with some more talent, some more guys that already love the game. That are going to love on each other. I’ll say it again, there is not another place in the country you can be 0-6 and have that kind of energy and full stadium. These fans are incredible. … Every single one of the recruits commented on it, both the direction they can see this program going and the unbelievable support.”
It certainly doesn’t hurt to put 649 offensive yards on the board, either. It’s one thing to tell recruits about the turnaround that’s coming — offensive coordinator Troy Walters last week likened his pitch to explaining that buying stock when it’s low is smart investing — but it’s another to have a freshman quarterback put 401 offensive yards and four touchdowns on the board and see four different players top 100 yards.
“I think this place sells itself. I think Coach Frost sells itself,” quarterback Adrian Martinez said. “I don’t feel obligated to sell anything. If they don’t want to come play here, then I think that’s on them."
Martinez himself is a selling point, though the modest 18-year-old would never say so about himself. Frost wasn’t so shy.
“If I was a receiver or running back or tight end coming into a program and I knew somebody had a freshman quarterback playing as well as Adrian is, I would want to be at that school,” Frost said. “I think that is a big selling point for us, particularly on offense and even on defense to be able to play with a guy like that. You want to see where our program is going.
“That’s a huge piece when you've got the right guy under center, and I think a lot of guys that we have had in to visit can recognize that.”
That’s what Martinez sensed, too. What happens with Robinson and Benhart and Mayo and others, of course, only time will tell. But the young quarterback made clear his thoughts.
“This is a special place and if you can’t see that we’re building something special, you’ll just have to be on the other end of it,” he said.
Videos: Scott Frost, Husker players talk about Minnesota win, preparations going forward
See videos of Husker football coach Scott Frost and players talking about their day of rest Monday and their plans to build on the team's first win.
Husker head coach Scott Frost and players on Monday discuss the upcoming game with Bethune-Cookman. Volleyball coach John Cook is up first.