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.
— Tyson Terry🧨 (@tyson_terryyy) July 25, 2023
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).
— Chase Loftin (@ChaseLoftin8) July 25, 2023
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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