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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: A new crystal ball, a top-5 win for volleyball, and more



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The Nebraska Cornhuskers cruised past top-five Stanford in volleyball, plus a key crystal ball for Nebraska football.

There have been a few key names Nebraska football fans have been watching in the 2024 recruiting class and one of them is three-star athlete Caleb Benning.

Benning is obviously a Nebraska football legacy and took three visits within a week’s time to see the Huskers before the final dead period. However, many folks wondered if the Huskers wanted to take Benning. But that doens’t seem like a question anymore.

I’ve said all along that Benning was going to stand out this fall. His game has always impressed me and if he didn’t get hurt during his junior season, his recruitment would have taken off even more. So far in 2023, he’s got 11 receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns on offense, as well as 14 tackles, three tackles for loss, two interceptions, and a pass breakup.

I’m not sure why there haven’t been more offers but Benning has balled out this season and in a recent game, hauled in a touchdown pass over Dae’vonn Hall.

Bottom line: Benning can play and on Tuesday, Nebraska football got another crystal ball projection to win his commitment.

Benning will be visiting the Nebraska Cornhuskers again this week for the Northern Illinois game. That seems like a positive sign and outside of top-100 dudes like Brandon Baker and Grant Brix — Benning is a priority target, so this crystal ball from Michael Bruntz of Huskers247 is a great sign.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder that plays wide receiver and defensive back, is ranked No. 763 overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, and No. 6 in the state of Nebraska.

A huge win for Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball

For the first time since the 2008 season, Nebraska volleyball defeated fifth-ranked Stanford and did so with a 3-1 victory in Palo Alto on Tuesday night by the scores of 25-23, 25-16, 19-25, and 25-21.

Freshman Harper Murray continued her stellar season with a big-time performance as she notched 12 kills, four blocks, and three aces while hitting .417. Merritt Beason also had a strong outing for Nebraska volleyball, leading the way with a team-high 15 kills.

Another freshman, Andi Jackson, hit .462 and had seven kills. Bekka Allick also played an important role around the net with seven kills, a .500 hitting percentage, as well as a career-high eight blocks.

With the combination of veteran talent and elite freshman, such as setter Bergen Reiley who had 37 assists, seven digs, and three kills, the Huskers are going to be tough to beat and they should only get better.

Another top-20 opponent looms Sunday as Kentucky comes to Nebraska. The match will start at 6:30 CST.

Another key visitor for Nebraska Cornhuskers

In other Nebraska football recruiting news, the Huskers will host 2024 in-state quarterback Anthony Rezac for a visit this weekend for the Northern Illinois game.

He’s a three-star recruit in the 2024 class and is teammates with Benning. Nebraska football hasn’t offered him yet, but Rezac has been stellar this season, and with the QB woes so far in 2023, it has people wondering if the team should take two quarterbacks.

Rezac has 530 yards passing this season, which isn’t a huge number, but he’s completing 75 percent of his throws. He also has seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder also has 19 carries for 230 yards and five rushing touchdowns. That’s 12 yards per attempt.

We’ll see if an offer comes, but the kid is a player and Nebraska football would be wise to take him in the 2024 class along with Daniel Kaelin.

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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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