Football coaches ahead of the game with recruitment

Published: Apr. 16, 2020 at 5:31 PM CDT
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College football coaches across the country are dealing with a life with no spring practice. Because of that, Hastings College coach Tony Harper and Nebraska-Kearney coach Josh Lynn are ahead of the game with recruitment.

"We're kind of ahead of the game with our class already being solidified for 2024," Harper said. "So, we have started to reach out to coaches in the state of Nebraska, creating a list, piling a list of our top 50, our top 100 guys."

"We've evaluated more recruits, at this point, then we ever have... So, that's been pretty nice," Lynn said.

Recruiting through a screen comes with its challenges, but while the means of which they talk to players has changed, what they are looking for when talking to them has not.

"There is a lot more to recruitment than just athleticism. You want the right kid that's going to come in and buy into what you're selling and the culture of your football team," Lynn said.

"For us, it's kind of somebody who has a chip on their shoulder. A guy who maybe has been told, 'You're too slow. You're a half an inch too short. We need bigger ankles. We need bigger wrists. You need to come from a bigger school.' Whatever it may be," Harper said. "We want that goes who have that chip and want to prove those guys wrong."

For the Broncos and Lopers, they do not have the resources available to them like Scott Frost does in Lincoln, but it has not stopped them before and it is not stopping them now.

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