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3 thoughts looking ahead to a huge recruiting weekend for Nebraska Football



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Nebraska football is hosting a huge recruiting weekend and here are three thoughts looking ahead with over 30 visitors coming to Lincoln.

Now that Big Ten Media Days are in the books, following another impressive performance by Matt Rhule, Nebraska football is literally just around the corner.

Players and coaches will move into the dorms on Sunday. Fall camp starts Monday and you can feel the excitement pulsing through Husker nation.

However, before the coaches get to work in fall camp, they have a final recruiting weekend to deal with and it’s going to be a big one for the Huskers. As of right now, 34 recruits are expected to visit Nebraska football over the next three days with 15 players from the 2024 class and 19 in 2025.

We have talked about some of these recruits such as Christian Jones taking a visit, or four-star offensive tackle Grant Brix. Some 2025 quarterbacks will be on campus too, plus Caleb Benning, and here are some thoughts heading into a huge recruiting weekend for Nebraska football.

It’s a key weekend for Caleb Benning’s recruitment

Things are picking up in the recruitment of Caleb Benning who took a visit already this week as soon as the dead period lifted. The lone crystal ball from 247 Sports is for Nebraska football but there is a question about how many defensive backs the Huskers will take.

Amare Sanders has been trending with projections to Nebraska football too. He’s a 6-foot-1, three-star cornerback from Florida and it seems like a commitment announcement could be coming soon.

However, I still wonder if the two recruitments are connected. Something Rhule said at Big Ten Media Days struck me. He talked about having a certain number of in-state guys but also how it meant more to them.

That’s why I think Nebraska is going to take Benning. That could have nothing to do with Sanders. They technically play different positions. The Huskers are playing five defensive backs now in their base defense so they are going to sign a lot of defensive backs.

Rhule’s statement about valuing those in-state kids — I thought about Benning immediately and after this weekend, I’m hoping the Huskers have the clear lead.

I believe you take as many good players as you can get, so if Sanders and Benning both want to commit, I see no issue with it.

Nebraska football shouldn’t overthink it with Benning and I don’t think they are or will.

A key weekend for 2025 quarterbacks

Daniel Kaelin is going to visit this weekend. The 2024 commitment was one of the first recruits to announce he was going to be on campus for the cookout hosted by Nebraska football.

Two other quarterbacks will be visiting the Huskers and they are in the 2025 class. Alex Manske is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback out of Iowa and this will be his third visit this summer.

Manske feels like the top target at the position. But winning his commitment won’t be easy, even though the Huskers do feel like they have built up some momentum.

Carson Boyd is also going to visit. He’s 6 feet, 170 pounds, and out of St. Louis. Both Rivals and 247 Sports have him ranked as a three-star prospect. Purdue is the leader via the On3 prediction machine but Boyd also took spring trips to Arkansas and Louisville.

Nebraska probably isn’t close to getting a commitment from either quarterback but it will be another step in that direction and at the quarterback position specifically, it will be interesting to see who comes back to visit for a game in the fall.

No commitment feels imminent

Things definitely change once recruits get on campus but it doesn’t feel like any of them visiting this weekend are close to a commitment at this point.

Nebraska football seems to have real momentum with Christian Jones. Maybe he would join Tyson Terry and Caden VerMass in committing early. VerMass and Terry are also ranked in the top three in the state for the 2025 class, along with Jones, who is No. 1.

All three players will be visiting this weekend, so a commitment is possible. There’s a reason Jones has gotten multiple crystal ball projections after all.

According to Sean Callahan, Grant Brix may want to take more visits in the fall before making a decision. Benning has talked about a later timeline and Devoux Tuataga — an EDGE rusher in 2024 — also seems like he will take an official visit in the fall to Nebraska and maybe other schools before deciding anything. He will visit Oregon this weekend after a visit to see the Huskers on Friday.

Anything can happen in recruiting, so a commitment is possible. I just wouldn’t bet on it.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska