It was no surprise last fall that as the 2007 season was falling apart that a number of recruits soon followed. After all, why go into a situation as volatile as things were last November when you’ve got a number of schools to choose from? It seemed likely that once the new coaching staff took over and began to establish a pecking order (i.e. depth chart) that some players would soon follow. But so far, it hasn’t happened.
Defensive tackle Seth Jensen is the only scholarship player with eligibility that is not returning in the fall (citing “personal reasons”). Jensen was a one-time four-star recruit, but his inability to crack the depth chart (even when injuries and graduations gutted the interior defensive line last fall) may have played a role. It’s not that he was “demoted” under the new staff, but he wasn’t “promoted” either.
That’s pretty remarkable when you consider how many transfers we saw even in years when things were seemingly going fine. Yes the Huskers lost some walk-on players (including former Husker Jay Moore’s brother Kyle at linebacker), but that’s also a pretty common occurrence.
There still could be a late defection or two (like Harrison Beck in 2006), but again that’s wouldn’t be out of the norm even without a coaching change. So while this is a fairly “dead” part of the calendar for meaningful football news, it’s encouraging that we haven’t seen more departures. A big part of developing talent is retaining it and so far the coaches are off to a great start.