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Carter Nelson sets commitment date, plus more Nebraska Cornhuskers news



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There was a bunch of key recruiting news for the Nebraska football team on Monday and we cover it all in our Nebraska Cornhuskers roundup.

Nebraska football might have added two new commitments to the 2024 class on Monday, but the biggest news concerning the Nebraska Cornhuskers had to do with Carter Nelson.

Nelson, the top-ranked recruit in the state of Nebraska in 2024, and a top-100 prospect, visited Nebraska football over the weekend and has been trending with expert projections to the Huskers since Saturday.

We wondered when he would announce a commitment and on Monday, Nelson tweeted that a decision was coming on Wednesday, which is spectacular news for fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The fact that he’s announcing right after his official visit, and in the midst of expert picks from all three sites, is a really good sign. Things can change in an instant. Everybody knows that when it comes to recruiting, but Nelson to Nebraska feels like a lock.

Nebraska football adds two commitments

The Huskers have been on an insane run of commitments and it continued on Monday as Nebraska football landed three-star running back Kewan Lacy, as well as three-star safety Rex Guthrie.

Lacy immediately became one of my favorite players in this class. He’s a talented runner and receiver. He also runs the 100 in 10.79. He’s lightning in a bottle and I’m totally fine with him as RB1 for this class.

Guthrie is a true diamond in the rough. He didn’t have any FBS offers before attending one of Nebraska’s camps. But the camp circuit paid off again for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The safety who will likely be a rover for the Huskers, is 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, and runs a 4.43. He also runs the 100 meters in 11 flat. Beyond that, he had over 100 tackles, 12 pass breakups, and three interceptions last season. So the production was there and so are the measurables.

It’s wild no programs in Colorado offered him. Yet, Matt Rhule is quietly building a presence there with three commitments total from the past two classes and two in the last week. The Nebraska Cornhuskers now have 10 commitments total in the last eight days.

More crystal balls for Nebraska Cornhuskers

While Nelson is expected to commit this week, there are two others to watch from the last official visit weekend and one is Quinn Clark. The other is Ernest Campbell.

Both have received expert projections for the Huskers, but Clark really started trending on Monday. Nebraska football is the overwhelming favorite now. Steve Wiltfong even put in a pick.

Nebraska football is Clark’s only power-5 offer right now. The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder from Montana has offers from Montana and Montana State, but that’s not going to compete with Nebraska.

I’d expect a commitment soon, probably sometime this week. Campbell has been projected to Nebraska by Sean Callahan and Bryan Munson, making the Huskers the favorite via the On3 prediction machine.

However, there are no crystal ball projections at this time for any team.

Former Nebraska Cornhuskers pitcher selected for MLB Futures

In another Nebraska Cornhuskers headline, a former standout pitcher in Lincoln, Spencer Schwellenbach, was selected for the MLB Futures All-Star game.

Schwellenbach was drafted by the Braves in the second round back in 2021. He opened his professional career with a 3-2 record and 2.76 ERA in 12 starts at Single-A ball in Augusta, Georgia. Schwellenbach is the first former Nebraska player to be selected for the Futures game since Joba Chamberlain back in 2007. He was actually a two-player for the Huskers and won the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2021 when Nebraska won the Big Ten title.

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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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