Huskers awaiting one decision before an otherwise quiet signing day
The first Wednesday in February used to be the biggest day of college football's offseason. Now, the quieter the better.
Tomorrow, the first Wednesday in February, used to be the biggest day of college football’s offseason. It was National Signing Day, a day that merited wall-to-wall coverage in college football corners of the universe, a day that gave rise to an entire industry that took up the task of keeping score so fans could have a day of quasi-competition when the actual competitions felt so far away.
In today’s game, tomorrow feels closer to just another Wednesday, its power drained by the creation of a December signing window. The majority of prospects sign then, which should tell us something about how fun the recruiting process actually is, or at least how fun it is once there are no more official visits on game days to be had. Nebraska’s 2024 class, like most schools not navigating a coaching change, was essentially done the first day it could be. More than half of the newly signed freshmen are already on campus and two weeks into their college careers.
If not needing the transfer portal is a luxury at the moment, not needing February signing day is more like a basic standard of living. A handful of players—some very highly regarded—will always wait until the late signing period, but if a team has been trying to build the bulk of its class in the new year something went wrong somewhere.
The Huskers aren’t in that position. There’s really only one decision that impacts Nebraska on a day that used to be full of them.