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5 most important official visitors for Nebraska Football this weekend



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Another official visit weekend is upcoming for Nebraska football and here are the five most important recruits that will visit the Huskers.

Every weekend with official visits is important. But for Nebraska football, the June 23rd visit weekend has always loomed very large in the 2024 recruiting class.

There are 15 recruits that will take official visits. Seven of them are already committed and the other seven are among the top priorities left on the board.

Daniel Kaelin will also take his official visit this weekend. The three-star quarterback that should be ranked as a four-star after his Elite 11 performance, is doing all he can for the Huskers. He even took in the College World Series with Carter Nelson last night. 

Things have already changed a little as Caleb Benning, an in-state recruit with projections to Nebraska football was supposed to visit this weekend but now won’t. 

Quinn Clark, a three-star wideout from Montana has also been added. He was offered after a strong camp performance and with all the movement among wide receivers, he’s a name to watch. Clark is 6-foot-5 and runs a 4.5.

With all that in mind, it’s a massive weekend for Nebraska football, maybe as important as any recruiting weekend since Matt Rhule has become the head coach, and here are the top five official visitors heading to Lincoln this weekend.

(Rankings via 247 Sports composite rankings)

5. 3-star RB Kewan Lacy (551 overall)

Nebraska football doesn’t have many options at running back. They are somewhat in the mix for Nathaniel Frazier, but Alabama, Georgia, and USC feel like the favorites there.

Lacy might be an Ole Miss lean (two crystal balls and an expert projection from On3) but he hasn’t taken an official visit to the Rebels yet. The running back from Lancaster, Texas did visit Baylor last weekend.

This will be his second official visit total and the Huskers desperately need to turn the tide in this recruitment or start sending out some new offers.

I’m looking for the Huskers to make some headway here because a quality running back is needed and Lacy feels like the best option right now.

4. 3-star WR Isaiah McMorris (505 overall)

McMorris has been trending with projections to Nebraska football all week. He tweeted about an announcement coming earlier this week but hasn’t said anything since then.

The 6-foot, 168-pounder is a dynamic athlete and just ran a 10.65 in the 100-meter dash. He caught 90 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns last season playing wideout for Daniel Kaelin and just like the Nebraska football QB commit, I feel like McMorris is underrated by the recruiting services.

A recent unofficial visit to spend more time with Garrett McGuire seemed to build some momentum for the Huskers and I feel like there’s a strong chance McMorris is N before the weekend is over.

3. 4-star WR Dae’vonn Hall (374 overall)

The real head-turning news this week for Nebraska football recruiting was when Dae’vonn Hall started trending with expert projections to the Huskers, who now have a 97-percent chance to land his commitment via the On3 prediction machine.

Hall posted a 10.62 in the 100 meters this spring during track and ran a 10.89 at the state meet in which McMorris ran a 10.65. Another teammate of Kaelin’s, Hall is 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and has over 900 yards receiving last season.

Tennessee got in the mix with an offer after Nebraska started trending as the favorite. Kansas State also hosted Hall for an official visit recently, but the Huskers have taken control of this recruitment. At least if we believe all the experts.

I don’t know what changed but Hall is a top-five recruit in the state of Nebraska in 2024, and with his ties to Kaelin, it would be a huge get.

Hall tweeted the same as McMorris about an announcement coming, so I wouldn’t rule out commitments by both this weekend or soon after.

2. 4-star OT Grant Brix (84 overall)

Nebraska football is hosting the top-ranked recruit in the state of Iowa this week and that’s Grant Brix, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle.

Brix is ranked in the top 100 and frankly, he’s the kind of elite offensive lineman Nebraska hasn’t been able to land yet under Donovan Raiola. Brix just visited Alabama this week, which came on the heels of a visit to Kansas State last weekend.

Oklahoma also hosted Brix, so there are some big names in the mix. There is only one crystal ball projection from a Kansas State insider but the Wildcats definitely feel like the team to beat.

However, I’m not counting out the Huskers just yet — they need to knock it out of the park this weekend though.

1. 4-star TE Carter Nelson (97 overall)

Nelson is the headliner this weekend. He’s the No. 1 recruit in the state of Nebraska and following visits to Georgia/Notre Dame, this is the Huskers’ chance to make an impression.

Nebraska football is obviously up against a juggernaut in Georgia, as well as one of the top programs in college football in Notre Dame. It won’t be easy to win this recruitment.

But, there’s got to be a reason more crystal ball projections haven’t followed for Georgia. I understand why Nelson was impressed on his visit. Who wouldn’t be? It’s easy to see the winning and what the Bulldogs could do for his chances of going to the NFL.

Matt Rhule has to convince Nelson he can offer similar things. The in-state factor probably helps a little, although it could hurt too if Nelson has his mind set to leave the state for college.

There are plenty of factors here just like in any recruitment. Three-star tight end Michael Burt committed to Iowa after just visiting Nebraska and getting some projections for the Huskers. Maybe that has something to do with Nelson.

After seeing Nelson with Kaelin at the College World Series game, I feel a twinge more optimism and I’ve always said as long as Nebraska gets him on campus for the visit, it will have a chance.

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Nebraska Football lands athletic playmaker in JD Crisp



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Nebraska football continues to recruit for the 2024 class. They picked up a commitment from 2024 wide receiver JD Crisp on Wednesday afternoon. Crisp played both sides of the football in high school, playing both defensive back and wide receiver for Second Baptist High School.

He is not ranked in the 247Sports regular or Composite Rankings. However, he does have a solid offer sheet.  Crisp had seven offers in total, including one from Minnesota. He was officially offered by the program on September 16 and quickly made his decision.

It’s also worth noting that his recruitment was active throughout the summer. He attended Texas A&M Aggies camp on June 14. At the very least, he garnered interest from a prominent Texas school. That is notable in of itself.

What could he bring to Nebraska football?

It’s interesting that he is a two-way player. He played both the receiver and safety positions in high school. As far as Nebraska is concerned, I could certainly see him playing at receiver. He has as a tremendous amount of athleticism, and played mostly on the outside and high school. Crisp was very good at catching in space, and making contested catches and tight windows.

Playing receiver would make sense for him, given Nebraska’s lack of depth at the position moving forward. He has the agility and ability to become a solid piece if developed properly.

Nevertheless, he has overall qualities that could make him a good safety as well. This coaching staff loves the opportunity to work with athletes and molding them as they see fit. His ability to fire off the football and read a play certainly stands out.

The commitment of Crisp adds to a 2024 recruiting class that ranks 24th overall nationally. The class itself is stacked with talent. It currently has 25 commitments in total.

It will be interesting to see what Crisp can do for Nebraska football. He is definitely more of a project player. Nevertheless, his athleticism and speed is intriguing. One of this coaching staff’s strengths is identifying how players fit into the program. They will have to do that with Crisp.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: Jeff Sims still not 100 percent, a flip attempt, and more



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Nebraska football QB Jeff Sims still isn’t 100 percent, plus more Nebraska Cornhuskers news.

One thing we know for sure about the Nebraska football quarterback situation is that we won’t know anything until kickoff on Saturday against Louisiana Tech.

Matt Rhule said that he won’t be making any announcements prior to the game, similar to last week, about the starting quarterback. Marcus Satterfield told reporters on Tuesday that Sims took “50-55 percent of the snaps” so he’s improving, but according to Rhule, he’s still not 100 percent.

Rhule indicated that Sims is throwing the ball well. The Nebraska Cornhuskers just want to see some more movement skills out of their starting quarterback. One of the starting quarterbacks I should say since Sims and Heinrich Haarberg were listed as co-starters this week on the depth chart.

We’ll see how it plays out. If Sims is healthy, I expect that he will get the start or at least play, but with how thin Nebraska football is at running back, both quarterbacks will probably be needed, especially with their prowess for pounding the rock.

Nebraska Cornhuskers aiming to flip Michigan State 4-star

Andrew Dennis is a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman rated as a four-star prospect by the 247 Sports composite rankings. He’s out of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and has been committed to Michigan State since April but Nebraska football is one of many programs to throw out a recent offer.

We don’t know if Dennis has any plans to visit Nebraska football. He’s been offered by Auburn, Stanford, Penn State, and Purdue just since Monday. I wouldn’t get too serious worrying about Dennis until he takes a visit to Nebraska, but if that happens, watch out.

It’s at least a name to keep on the radar and a decommitment definitely seems possible with the situation going on at Michigan State with Mel Tucker getting fired.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Big Ten basketball schedule released

We knew which teams Nebraska basketball would play in the 2023-24 Big Ten season but got the official schedule on Tuesday. The Huskers released it on their official Twitter account.

Nebraska basketball will open Big Ten on December 6th against Minnesota on the road. Fred Hoiberg’s first conference home game will be against Michigan State on December 10th.

The schedule is fairly balanced in terms of the home and road games. The Huskers have consecutive home games twice on the conference schedule. Nebraska has also back-to-back road games twice.

My first impressions though, are that Nebraska basketball is capable of a winning season in Big Ten play, which would definitely keep Fred Hoiberg in place and likely, would give the Huskers a realistic shot at making their first NCAA tournament since the 2014 season.

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Nebraska football is trending for a priority target, plus more Cornhuskers news



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Nebraska football seems to be closing in on the commitment of three-star athlete Caleb Benning, plus another win for volleyball.

For the first time this season, Nebraska football fans are enjoying a victory Monday following the Huskers’ 35-11 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday.

It was an important win for plenty of reasons. But Matt Rhule’s team needed some momentum. The Huskers got it with that win and now, they are picking up momentum with top recruiting target Caleb Benning.

Benning has been one of the top high school players in the state this fall. He was injured last year, which slowed down his recruitment, but the Huskers have been putting on the full-court press and hosted him for a visit during the game on Saturday.

After that, Benning told reporters how much he wanted to play in the Nebraska football defense. He also said that a decision could be “pretty soon” which sounds like great news for the Huskers.

Over the weekend, Nebraska football also picked up a new expert projection to land Benning from Bryan Munson of Husker Online. This was after another recent crystal ball from 247 Sports.

The On3 prediction machine now gives the Huskers a 91-percent chance to win the commitment of Benning, while all of the crystal ball projections agree. Even Greg Smith, a former Nebraska insider who covers Midwest recruiting for rivals, also projected Benning to Nebraska.

The 5-foot-10, 183-pounder is one of the top targets left on the board along with the likes of Grant Brix, Brandon Baker, and Jayshawn Ross. His addition to the 2024 class would be huge and regardless of his ranking, Benning is a player the Huskers need on their roster in the future.

Nebraska volleyball notches another top-25 win

The Cornhuskers were back in the Bob Devaney Center on Sunday and scored another win over a top-25 opponent, their second of the week with a 3-1 win over Kentucky by the scores of 25-14, 25-22, 23-25, and 25-21.

Merritt Beason was on fire for Nebraska volleyball as she had a team-high 17 kills, a total that was matched by freshman standout Harper Murray. Beason also added three blocks, as did Murrary, but Beason hit .438 compared to .308 for Murrary.

Nebraska had 62 kills compared to 53 for Kentucky, which was limited to just a .243 hitting percentage. The Huskers only had four service aces but Bergen Reilly had 32 assists in the win, while Lexi Rodriguez pitched in with 18 digs and had a perfect serve-receive percentage.

The Cornhuskers (9-0) open Big Ten play this week against Ohio State on Friday at 8 PM CST.

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