The college football world received quite a surprise when the Spring game attendance figures were announced earlier this month. The Nebraska fans came out in droves to see their team played, filling up the stadium to the tune of 85,946. When asked how it affects his team, head coach Scott Frost had a surprising answer.
While praising the Nebraska fans for filling up the stadium for the game, he also mentioned that the strong showing at the spring game helps with the team's recruiting. Per the Omaha World-Herald, he explained that he and his staff show would-be recruits pictures of the crowds at their Spring game versus others to demonstrate the fan support.
Scott Frost and his coaching staff won’t negatively recruit or talk poorly about another school. But the Huskers will show recruits pictures of other spring games compared to what a sold-out Memorial Stadium looks like.
“There’s ones with 200, 300 people in their stadiums to watch spring games,” Frost said on “Sports Nightly” on Thursday evening. “I expect ours to be sold out for a long time here. Fans here just love it so much and give us so much support, and it’s great for our recruits to see that.”
It's not as though the Spring game isn't even representative of the regular season attendance either. Last year the Huskers continued their record streak of home game sellouts.
Frost's plan seems to be working so far.
Nebraska's 2019 recruiting class is poised to be one of its best in years, while the Class of 2020 is shaping up nicely as well.
Despite the team's disappointing 4-8 record in 2018, the team is widely expected to be vastly improved in 2019.