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More top targets including a 2025 QB will visit Nebraska Football



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The recruiting dead period ended on Tuesday and Nebraska football has been busy as a 2025 QB and a number of other priority targets are set to visit.

You wondered if Nebraska football was going to put together a recruiting event for the final weekend of July and the answer is a resounding yes as Matt Rhule and the Huskers are hosting “The Cookout.”

We have seen a number of Nebraska football recruits/commitments post about this. Daniel Kaelin will be in attendance, along with a number of other 2024 pledges.

The Huskers are also going to be hosting four-star offensive tackle Grant Brix on Sunday, which is good news for Nebraska football. He’s also visiting Kansas State and Oklahoma this week. On Friday, Devoux Tuataga will also take an unofficial visit before making another trip to Oregon.

A three-star EDGE prospect, Tuataga is a priority, in part because this class really needs to add a pass rusher or two before it’s all said and done.

Beyond that, Nebraska football has already gotten some work down this week. Caleb Benning who is going to visit on Sunday, also took an unofficial visit on Tuesday when the dead period ended. This is via Bryan Munson of Husker Online. 

That’s telling and things seem to be trending in the right direction with the in-state athlete. He’s ranked sixth in the state via the 247 Sports composite rankings and Nebraska football should have a firm lead in his recruitment after this weekend.

A 2025 QB and other top targets visiting Nebraska football too

Outside of Benning, Brix, and Tuataga, the other visitors for the cookout will be commitments. At least in terms of the 2024 class.

There will be some 2025 commitments in attendance too as Tyson Terry and Caden VerMass have each been confirmed. However, Nebraska football also has a slew of key 2025 targets making the trip led by four-star linebacker Christian Jones.

Jones is the top recruit in the state of Nebraska and has gotten a pair of crystal ball predictions to land with Nebraska football. Hosting him for a visit is another step in the right direction, especially with so many in-state guys coming to campus.

Another name that caught my eye though, in the report from Munson, is 2025 quarterback Alex Manske. He’s the 6-foot-3, 205-pound signal caller out of Iowa that has become a top priority for the Huskers.

Stone Saunders is another quarterback to know in the 2025 class, but he’s been trending to Kentucky. Manske visited twice over the summer and impressed the staff during one of his camp visits.

Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas State all offered him in June. Pittsburgh did too, so this recruitment is picking up and it’s a good sign to get Manske on campus for what’s shaping up to be an important visit weekend.

Another in-state priority to visit

In-state tight end Chase Loftin, another huge priority for the 2025 class, is also going to visit. Loftin was offered by Nebraska football in June but was also offered by Oklahoma, Kansas State, Iowa State, Illinois, and Missouri — all on the same day (June 29th).

This is going to be a hotly contested recruitment, so it’s a good sign that Nebraska is getting him on campus. Jones too. The linebacker was supposed to visit Tennessee this weekend, so there are lots of good headlines for Nebraska and when this staff gets recruits on campus, it makes headway.

I’m not sure we’ll see any commitments coming out of this weekend. My hope is the Huskers build some serious momentum for Brix and Benning while doing enough to get Tuataga back for an official visit in the fall.

I surely wouldn’t mind if Nebraska was able to seal the deal with Jones this weekend, but it’s probably too early, despite the crystal ball trends, although two of the top three 2025 in-state recruits have already pledged.

With recruiting, anything is possible. Matt Rhule knows how to recruit; he also knows how to close and it will be fascinating to see who else makes it for the “The Cookout” on Sunday.

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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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