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Can Nebraska Football flip Justin Okoronkwo?



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Justin Okoronkwo is an exciting prospect in the 2024 class. Nebraska football would love to flip him, but how realistic is it?

There’s no doubt that Nebraska football has made an adjustment on the recruiting trail. The Huskers were pushing for four and five-star recruits until they realized it wasn’t that realistic.

Some day it will be again for Nebraska football. For now, the Huskers will have to rely on evaluations and development — two things Matt Rhule is pretty good at.

One player that Nebraska football recently evaluated and offered is three-star linebacker Justin Okoronkwo out of Germany. The kid is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, and is an athletic freak.

Okoronkwo is committed to Maryland. The Terps offered him in November and he committed right after. However, the Huskers extended the offer over the weekend. Then, he was part of a group of recruits to visit Nebraska along with Brandon Collier who runs an international program for football players.

There are some impressive athletes that Collier has sent to Big Ten programs like Michigan and Penn State. Aymeric Koumba is a Michigan signee that’s got NFL measurables already. Okoronkwo is the same way.

That’s why I’d love to see the Huskers get aggressive in trying to flip him. He’s not a four-star prospect, but he’s got four-star ability and Rhule could get it out of him.

I’m sure that’s been a selling point for the Huskers. The next step is an official visit. I don’t know how easy that is with Okoronkwo, or how long he’ll be in the United States.

At any rate, he hasn’t taken an official visit to Maryland yet. So it’s not like the Huskers are at a disadvantage. Collier could be an asset for Nebraska and it was smart to host his group of recruits — I guarantee Okoronkwo won’t be the last recruit tied to Collier that Nebraska football offers.

I’m interested to see where things go but Okoronkwo would be a great player to have in the pipeline. His movement skills are spectacular and I don’t think it’s crazy to say he could be similar to Ernest Hausmann.

Hausmann was ranked lower than where Okoronkwo is ranked now in the 247 Sports composite rankings. He’s extremely raw. But as Matt Rhule said shortly after he was hired, he can teach people to play football. Outside of quarterback, football isn’t a skill game.

It’s a game about athletic traits.  Okoronkwo has them and at Nebraska, he could be scary good. A flip also seems realistic, especially if the Huskers find a way to get him back on campus.

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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