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A new running back target for Nebraska football in 2024



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One of the biggest needs now for Nebraska football in the 2024 recruiting class is running back and here’s a new target to know.

The decommitment of Kewan Lacy still stings for Nebraska football, since the four-star running back was expected to enroll early and potentially make an early contribution.

It’s not likely that Nebraska football will be able to land a back of Lacy’s caliber now in the 2024 class, with it being sort of late in the game, but there is one new target to know at the running back position — Traevon Dunbar.

Dunbar is a three-star back out of South Carolina. He’s 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, and ranked No. 643 overall according to the On3 industry rankings. Dunbar has a total of nine Power-5 offers including Virginia Tech, Penn State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Maryland, West Virginia, Michigan State, and Boston College among some other offers.

The Hokies seem to be the leader right now. They have hosted Dunbar for visits in September and October. The On3 prediction machine also gives the Hokies a 43-percent chance to land his commitment.

Where Nebraska football stands with Dunbar

The Huskers haven’t offered Dunbar yet, but he is expected to take an unofficial visit starting next Friday for the game against Maryland.

I’d expect Nebraska football to extend an offer during that trip. Nebraska doesn’t have any running backs committed at this point and there aren’t many options on the board.

Emmett Johnson is just a redshirt freshman. The Huskers also have Kwintin Ives who is a freshman, but taking just one running back in back-to-back classes seems light. Right now, Nebraska has zero running back commitments, which is why it won’t be surprising to see them make a push for Dunbar.

We should know more about this recruitment by next weekend.

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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