Some Nebraska football commitments have gotten rankings upgrades recently, but some are still too low in the 2024 class.
Rankings don’t mean everything. But they are an interesting way to gauge the incoming talent of a recruiting class and looking at haul for Nebraska football in 2024, I see at least five guys that need to be ranked higher.
Truth be told, there are more than five. However, my focus is on five recruits that I think should be blue-chips, which is a four or five-star recruit.
Personally, I use the 247 Sports composite rankings. So even if a guy has a 4-star ranking from On3 or a 4-star ranking from 247 Sports own rankings, unless he’s a composite four-star, he doesn’t count toward the blue-chip ratio.
There are a few Huskers that fit that bill and we’ll start with Daniel Kaelin, the future Nebraska football starting quarterback as we tackle five recruits that should be blue-chips.
I know Nebraska football fans will point out that Kaelin is a four-star prospect already and according to the 247 Sports rankings, they are correct. The On3 Industry rankings also have him as a four-star.
However, the 247 Sports composite rankings, still have him in the three-star range at 491 overall. That’s because rankings from On3, ESPN, and Rivals are all weighing him down.
Each service has Kaelin rated as a three-star while 247 Sports ranks him as the 15th-best quarterback in the 2024 class following his Elite 11 performance. The invite should be enough to merit a four-star ranking, let alone the fact that he won the accuracy competition.
I’ve said all along I think Danny Dimes will be a composite four-star quarterback when it’s all said and done. But why is it taking so long?
Another three-star ranking I don’t understand is that of Kewan Lacy. He’s 6 feet, 205 pounds, and runs the 100-meter dash in sub 10.8 seconds.
Lacy was dynamic last season out of Lancaster, Texas and he’s one of the most underrated commitments in the entire 2024 Nebraska football recruiting class.
On3 just gave him a big boost, which boosted his 247 Sports composite ranking to 529 overall. However, 247 Sports has him ranked in the 800 in its own rankings, which is insane.
There aren’t 40 running backs better than Lacy in the 2024 class, but he’s ranked 41st in the composite rankings at the position, which makes him clearly underrated in my book.
Lacy should be a blue chip, no doubt about it.
Another player that’s being underrated is Isaiah McMorris. He’s 6-foot, 168 pounds, runs the 100-meter dash in 10.62, and also had nearly 1,300 receiving yards last season for Bellevue West.
McMorris was getting interest from Oklahoma and USC at one time. If he wasn’t so tight with Kaelin and Dae’vonn Hall, I might even be worried about a bigger program trying to flip him.
However, I have zero doubt that McMorris is going to become a productive Big Ten wideout. Not only does he have a connection with Kaelin, he’s just really good.
McMorris is ranked 493rd overall in the 247 Sports composite rankings. But after another 1,200 yards receiving or so again this fall, one would have to think he would get a bump.
One of two Nebraska football commitments that has been invited to the All-American Bowl, Pyle is criminally underrated by the recruiting services.
The 6-foot-4 (1/2) 285-pounder out of Texas is ranked 756th overall and that’s just insane. He’s an elite-run blocker. If you watch his highlights, you’ll see a bunch of defenders getting pancaked.
Pyle is expected to shift inside to guard for Nebraska football, which should be perfect. With his experience at tackle, he should do fine in pass protection and his movement skills are going to be an asset.
He just posted that he ran a 4.7 in the shuttle and you can see his athleticism on film. It’s bewildering that the recruiting sites have him so low, but Matt Rhule recognized his talent, which makes the fact that he was the second commitment in the class all the more impressive.
The 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive lineman got a well-deserved upgrade from the On3 rankings, which now have him as a four-star recruit. That also bumped Jones up to No. 528 overall in the composite rankings for the 2024 class.
That still has him in the three-star range and he’s another Nebraska football commitment that should be ranked a blue chip. Jones had 102 tackles last season to go along with 29 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.
Whether it’s again the run or the pass, he’s a disruptor and if he was an inch or two taller, he would easily be ranked in the top 300 overall of the composite rankings.
Yet, with his dominant play on the field, he might get there any way by the time signing day rolls around.
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