Things are changing in Lincoln.

Despite a 3-9 campaign in 2021, Scott Frost received the nod to return from Trev Alberts, sending the message that there’s still a lot of belief in the head coach entering his fifth season. That decision does come with some adjustments, though.

Frost has restructured his offensive staff in an effort to right some of the wrongs the Huskers endured last season. It was an essential move, but one that certainly will impact the team’s recruiting status.

With the Early Signing Period here, Nebraska’s class is a little behind schedule. Here’s a look at what the Huskers have right now with the 2022 recruiting cycle.

By the numbers

Overall rank: 61st

B1G rank: 14th

5-stars: 0

4-stars: 0

Did they find a future QB?

There might be some hope at the quarterback position with Richard Torres, a 3-star gunslinger out of San Antonio. He was limited to just 3 games during the 2021 high school season because of a knee injury, but he’s thrown for over 2,000 yards and rushed for 350 more while accounting for 36 total touchdowns and just 4 interceptions.

As a multi-sport athlete, Torres has the potential to walk into Lincoln and challenge for the starting job immediately, especially with Adrian Martinez transferring out. There’s a chance Nebraska has found a diamond in the rough at quarterback, but it’s far from a guarantee that he’ll be a multi-year starter for the Huskers.

Who is the best offensive player?

Running back Ashton Hayes is the highest-ranked offensive player currently committed, but wide receiver Victor Jones Jr. might be the guy with the chance to make the quickest impact in Lincoln. At 6-foot-2, the 3-star prospect out of Orlando adds some good size to Nebraska’s receiver room, which could certainly use some depth.

Jones ranks as one of the Top 100 receivers in the 2021 class. He didn’t get the same attention as a 4- or 5-star product, but he could have a very bright future at receiver for Frost’s team.

Who is the best defensive player?

Not only the best defensive player, but arguably the top overall prospect currently pledged to the Huskers is 3-star linebacker Ernest Hausmann. The Nebraska native is the No. 5 player from the state and held a dozen offers before making the decision to stay at home.

Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has done an outstanding job improving the linebacker play in Lincoln Hausmann could be a future star under his leadership. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker might be the star of this class for the Huskers.

What position did they recruit the best?

It’s not exactly turning any heads, but Nebraska did land a pair of Top 55 tight ends to add to the roster. Chase Androff and Brodie Tagaloa bring good size and versatility to the position. And the Huskers proved they wanted to utilize the tight end spot more frequently during the 2021 season, getting the ball into the hands of Austin Allen quite a bit.

Androff stands 6-foot-6 and Tagaloa is listed at 6-foot-4. Obviously, height doesn’t make or break a tight end, but it would provide the passing attack with some big targets. That’s always a valuable weapon.

What position do they still need to recruit?

Considering how poorly the offensive line has performed in the Frost era, it’s surprising that Nebraska doesn’t have an offensive lineman commit. That needs to change. It should be a little easier with new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple and offensive line coach Donovan Raiola now in place.

There might be some wiggle room for the Huskers because of the COVID-19 waivers and recruiting through the transfer portal, but recruiting offensive linemen is essential in the B1G. The Huskers can’t leave that position open and expect to challenge in the B1G in the short- or long-term.

Did they keep the best players at home?

Nebraska didn’t do a horrible job of keeping in-state prospects close to home, but it’s also not exactly the kind of year the program had hoped for, either. The Huskers have earned commitments from 3 players who rank in the Top 10 out of the state — Hausmann, Jake Appleget (3-star EDGE) and Gage Stenger (3-star LB). Those players occupy the No. 5-No. 7 spots in the state rankings, respectively.

Each of the Top 4 players slipped through Nebraska’s fingers. Frost and his staff missed out on 4-star linebacker Devon Jackson, 4-star offensive lineman Deshawn Woods and 3-star tight ends Kaden Helms and Micah Riley-Ducker.

Frost has mentioned winning in-state recruiting battles during his time in Lincoln. This year, that wasn’t really the case for the Huskers.

Overall thoughts

Nebraska’s 2021 class leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a small group with no 4- or 5-star prospects. It’s not entirely shocking considering the team’s performance during the Frost era and the recent staff changes. Still, sitting at the bottom of the B1G is never where the Huskers should be situated when it comes to recruiting rankings.

The Huskers have traditionally recruited a Top 25 class under Frost, one that typically ranks in the Top 5 of the B1G. They’re going to come up pretty short of that mark this year.