In a casual ‘Blitz’ appearance, Frost talks offseason, scouts numbers and plays trivia with Husker fans | national
NORTH PLATTE – The pitch sailed a bit on Scott Frost.
A young man in the unofficial crowd of 121 in the gym at North Platte Community College – tally provided by Frost himself as he waited to pick up the mic – impressed the Nebraska coach by knowing a “Top Gun” reference “although he was not born until 18 years after the film’s release.
Frost found himself and sent an autographed bullet in her direction, but it slipped and failed. To be fair, the ball was smooth white leather rather than pebbly, but even still, the floating ball got a laugh.
“That’s why I played the defensive back in the NFL,” Frost said with a smile.
Savoring the chance to speak with a small group, Frost decided to play with the audience. The rules were simple: he asked the crowd a question, then someone in the crowd returned one.
Topics ranged from “Top Gun” and “North Dallas Forty” to an investigation into whether it was he or Eric Crouch who had instigated the purchase of the No. 7 jerseys in the crowd. A guy who longboarded all the way to the gym and came home the same way in 100 degree heat. He knew a former Wood River boyfriend of someone in the crowd – “I don’t know if this deserves an award or a life of shame,” he cracked up about dating someone from his. old hometown – but also thought that anyone from there knows 90% of everyone.
Frost’s public appearances aren’t usually like that, laid-back and informal and full of laughs, but he seemed to enjoy it. All 121 – or nearly all – then lined up for autographs and photos.
The fourth-year Nebraska coach arrived here not in summer relaxation mode, but rather in the midst of one of the busiest times on the college football calendar in recent memory.
This is, of course, because the NCAA lifted a more than one year dead period effective June 1 and official visitors, unofficial visitors and campers are on the Lincoln campus almost every day. since.
A day before Frost came out this way, Nebraska hosted 2023 state prospect Maverick Noonan on an unofficial visit. A few days before that, six official visitors. Right before that? A large number of players working for the staff in the hope of winning scholarship offers.
The balance, however, is that, as busy as June, Nebraska is heading for a smaller scholarship recruiting class in 2022. Perhaps as small as 15 scholarship players, Frost confirmed to the Star Journal on Wednesday.
“It’s a huge challenge. I’ve been looking at it for months and everything changes, “Frost said.” Juniors become sophomores and sophomores become freshmen. The only positive thing is that the majority of our team is made up of first year and second year students. Large, large majorities. Because of that, I think we’re going to end up signing a smaller class this year and probably a smaller class next year as well. It’s bad, but the good thing is that I really believe that with the talent that we have in the program, we have what it takes to win right now with these guys and we are going to have lucky to work with this group for a long time and go fight with these guys for a long time.
“There’s a coach who says, ‘Get old and stay old’, and we’re not old since we’ve been here, but we’ve got a lot of experienced guys coming back and they’re going to get more and more experience and we’re going to play. with the same guys for a long time.
In the meantime, however, Nebraska has signed four players for the 2022 class and won’t aim to take more than somewhere in their mid-teens until they have a clearer picture later this fall.
“There’s going to be attrition here and there, some you want and some you can’t,” Frost said. “We’re still waiting to find out how the rules fall. If we have any super seniors (in 2022), do they count into our 85s or not, and I’m not quite sure about that answer at this time, so that’s it? is sort of a floating number right now.
“The key is we’re not going to pick anyone up unless we think they can help our football team. We’ll be a lot more selective this year. Coaching isn’t about winning signing day, and we aren’t. We’re definitely not going to win the signing day with a smaller class, but we just need to make sure that the coins we get match what we have and make us better.
June has been a long and trying month for Frost, his staff and coaches across the country, not to mention the high school athletes and parents hanging out everywhere. Frost, however, believes the ability to coach players on campus for up to an hour during unofficial visits has helped.
“Getting the kids to Lincoln is the best thing we can do,” Frost said. “We’re very lucky if we can get them to come here, so we’re catching up a bit. It’s great to be able to assess a bit. These kids are being pulled in all directions. Everyone wants to see them play sports. , so being a bit lonely in the plains, it’s a bit harder to bring kids here than to other places closer to other places. There are still challenges to overcome, but it certainly helped. . It’s probably a good thing we’re signing a smaller class this year. “
The list becomes healthy: Frost said every player in the roster at this point tends to be in good health for the start of the season, with the exception of senior inside linebacker Will Honas.
That includes the transfer of USC Markese Stepp, who missed most of the spring ball after NU staff discovered a foot injury that had limited Stepp dating back to his days with the Trojans.
“He looked good in a few spring workouts and we found out what was really wrong with his foot,” said Frost. “We fixed it and expect it to be back for the start of fall camp.”