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3 thoughts on MJ Sherman’s commitment to Nebraska Football



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Nebraska football landed one maybe its most talented transfer portal addition on Tuesday in former Georgia Bulldog MJ Sherman.

When Garrett Nelson joined Ochaun Mathis by entering the 2023 NFL draft, it was clear that Nebraska football was going to need to upgrade its pass rush in the transfer portal.

And on Monday, Nebraska football did that in a big way with the addition of former five-star outside linebacker MJ Sherman, who transferred from the Georgia Bulldogs.

Sherman was ranked as the No. 31 overall prospect according to the On3 consensus rankings in 2020. 247 sports rated him as a potential first-round pick. He was a four-star in the 247 composite rankings but barely missed five-star status there too at No. 33 overall.

While he is a pass rusher, Sherman is more than that and here are three thoughts on his commitment to the Nebraska football program.

Nebraska’s most talented transfer portal addition

Jeff Sims was a really good get. So was Ben Scott. But there hasn’t been anyone to join the Huskers out of the portal that’s as talented as MJ Sherman.

Sherman is 6-foot-2, 250 pounds according to his Georgia profile, and coming out of high school, he ran a verified 4.53 in the 40-yard dash. That’s legitimate speed. Sherman didn’t start at Georgia and only had 15 tackles, one tackle for loss, and 0.5 sacks during his three seasons.

Yet, Georgia is incredibly deep and talented. Sherman still found a way to contribute, becoming a core special teams player for the Bulldogs. He had five special teams tackles this season including one in the national championship game.

Sherman and Chief Borders should help upgrade the coverage units and they are also going to add a lot of speed at the outside linebacker position.

The bottom line is that Sherman could have gone to a lot of programs and been a difference-maker. He chose Matt Rhule and Nebraska football and come the 2023 season, Husker fans will be grateful.

A perfect fit for the 3-3-5

New DC Tony White talked about being multiple with the Nebraska defense and Matt Rhule has also talked about being able to find a scheme that takes advantage of the players you have. That’s what coaching is all about — putting players in a position to succeed.

That being said, I don’t know if you can find an outside linebacker that’s a better fit than MJ Sherman. Not only can he rush the pass rusher, but he’s also got good coverage skills. He can cover backs and tight ends and having someone who can rush the quarterback or drop and do both well is a weapon.

I’m hoping Borders is the same type of player. Yet, he wasn’t a five-star coming out and a consensus top-33 prospect in the two most well-respected rankings (247 and On3) as Sherman was.

I’ve always thought Nebraska should try to get some of the players that leave Georgia and Alabama and are just looking for a chance to show what they can do. When the entire roster is basically top-100 players, some really talented guys are going to be left out in the cold in terms of playing time.

Look at Drew Sanders and the kind of season he had after leaving Alabama for Arkansas. Sherman can play and he also fills a huge need which gets to my last point.

A true pass-rush upgrade

Sherman doesn’t have a bunch of sacks on his resume and that just seems like something the Huskers aren’t going to have to going into next season — a pass rusher with proven production.

Sherman and Borders are both talented but they don’t have much in terms of production outside of special teams. Jimari Butler and Blaise Gunnerson are kind of the same way. The Huskers also have some talented freshmen capable of making an impact next season such as Princewill Umanmielen, Kai Wallin, or Maverick Noonan.

What I like is that Nebraska has a solid mix of transfers (from the SEC), a slew of nice additions from the 2023 class including the fifth-ranked EDGE among JUCOs in Wallin, and also two returners from 2022.

It’s up to White and the defensive staff to get the most out of those guys and outside of a big nose tackle, Nebraska football has done a stellar job of addressing needs in the transfer portal.

The pass rush was a huge need and Nebraska filled it with what I’m saying is their most talented transfer in MJ Sherman.

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More crystal ball projections for Nebraska Football ahead of big weekend



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Nebraska football has landed two more crystal ball projections ahead of a huge recruiting weekend for the Huskers.

There are going to be 26 recruits on campus this weekend visiting the Nebraska football program. Five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola is the headliner, along with a number of other top-100 recruits and the top-ranked player in the state of Nebraska Carter Nelson.

It’s one of the most impressive visit weekends for Nebraska football recruiting in a long time, maybe ever, but how many commitments are going to come this weekend if any?

I certainly wouldn’t expect a pledge from Raiola. As much as Nebraska football fans might want that, the top-ranked QB in the 2024 class just scheduled an official visit in June with Georgia, the defending national champs. This is on the heels of another visit to UGA, so the Huskers need to recapture some momentum.

The key objective with many recruits will be getting them back for an official visit. Gatlin Bair is a name that comes to mind since the kid is ranked 40th overall in the 2024 class via 247 sports. He’s visiting this weekend and if the Huskers got him back for an official visit in June, they’d have to feel good about their chances.

However, Nebraska football could land a couple of commitments this weekend. One candidate is three-star tight end Ian Flynt. He visited back in January, has family ties to Nebraska football, and just received another crystal ball projection for the Huskers. That’s four total for the No. 456 overall recruit in the 2024 class (247 composite).

A commitment might not happen this weekend, but I’d look for a commitment date coming soon out of this weekend. Flynt is out of Texas and so is three-star offensive lineman Gibson Pyle, who also received a crystal ball projection on Friday (Flynt did too).

Pyle is 735th overall and he teased an announcement a couple of weeks ago but it didn’t come. He’s got six crystal ball predictions for the Huskers and that’s another potential commitment to watch out for this weekend.

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Nebraska Football hosting elite tight end, 4-star EDGE to return



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The Nebraska football recruiting buzz has been off the charts and another top-100 recruit is on campus today plus more on the Huskers.

Matt Rhule and the Nebraska football coaching staff have been doing a spectacular job on the recruiting trail. The Huskers are set to host 26 recruits this weekend and that number could grow.

However, those weren’t the only visitors for Nebraska football this week. On Monday, the first day of spring ball, the Huskers hosted a three-star offensive lineman and also Willis McGahee IV, a four-star EDGE.

McGahee is out of Miami, Florida and his dad, of course, was a legendary running back for the Hurricanes who also played for the Bills and Ravens in the NFL. The pedigree is there and the 6-foot-1, 225 pounder who is actually a three-star in the 247 sports composite rankings, is expected to return for the Nebraska football spring game.

McGahee is listed by 247 sports as a linebacker, but he’s an EDGE. He had 13 sacks as a junior and he’s got the kind of athleticism that Rhule loves. This is definitely heading in the right direction for the Huskers but Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and UCF are all set to get visits too and are in the mix.

Nebraska football hosting top 100 tight end

Rhule and the Huskers are trying to make the state of Missouri a bigger priority and so far, it’s worked pretty well. Nebraska football is making headway in the state, especially with one of the best Missouri prospects in the 2024 class in Jaden Reddell.

Reddell is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, and out of Raymore, Missouri. He’s ranked 68th overall in the 247 sports composite rankings for the 2024 class and is fourth among tight ends, as well as a third-ranked player from the Show Me State. He’s also visiting Nebraska football on Thursday according to his Twitter account.

The On3 prediction machine currently gives the Missouri Tigers a slight advantage, but this will be the second trip for Reddell to the Nebraska football program. The next objective will be getting him back for an official visit in June.

That’s the same with McGahee. If he comes back for the spring game and then takes an official visit, you’d have to feel good about Nebraska’s chances. And while fans want commitments, visits are an important part of building the relationship that can lead to a commitment down the line.

As of now, Rhule and company are doing exactly what they should on the recruiting trail and it’s refreshing to see.

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Nebraska Football in good spot for 2024 WR Gatlin Bair



Nebraska football has been recruiting at a high level ever since the new coaching staff stepped on campus. They have made their recruiting priorities clear, and that includes 2024 Idaho wide receiver Gatlin Bair.

Bair is the ninth overall wide receiver in the 2024 class. The wide receiver is the top player in the state of Idaho, and has a 95 overall numerical ranking on 247DSorts. He has two schools in the lead for his recruitment in Michigan and Nebraska. Garret McGuire is taking care of Bair on Nebraska’s end, and it appears the coach is making a good impression.

Bair could give Nebraska a downfield weapon that spreads the field. This is something that Nebraska football wants in the program, as they are targeting playmakers that open up the offense. He has the size and speed to be a legitimate threat, at six-foot-two, 180 pounds. The Huskers have gotten several playmakers already in the offense. Bair would fit the bill, and make the wide receiver room even deeper.

Initially, he was one of the more under-recruited prospects, but now more programs are catching on. Even still, the wide receiver spoke highly of the Nebraska football program during a recent interview with the Omaha World-Herald. Bair is coming to Lincoln this weekend, along with several other prospects for the big Junior Day. He really likes the energy   surrounding the program, and the willingness of McGuire to learn as transcribed by Sam McKewon.

“There’s just an energy about the program,” Bair said Tuesday evening. “It just seems like every single person in the building really wants to turn that program around and get things rolling. I was really drawn to that, and what they’re trying to do.”

“I really like people who are open to learning,” Bair said of the 23-year-old McGuire, perhaps the youngest assistant in major college football. “I don’t like people who are set in their ways. I really enjoy the fact that he’s open to learning and progressing. That would allow me to progress with him at the same time, allow me to grow.”

It seems as though Nebraska football recruiting pitch has been very good to this point. Several fans were worried about McGuire’s age, but it seems as though that is not a problem for recruits. It certainly bodes well for Nebraska football that Bair thinks so highly of them. This could be extremely important heading into the upcoming weekend.

Nebraska football will not have a shortage of wide receivers, nor will they have a shortage of talent in the room. Bair’s recruitment and subsequent interest is proof of that.

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