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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: A new crystal ball, an elite visitor, and more



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In our latest Nebraska Cornhuskers news roundup, we have another crystal ball for Nebraska football, an elite RB set to visit, and more.

Matt Rhule and the Nebraska football staff never seem to sleep. There always seems to be some sort of recruiting buzz surrounding the Huskers, which was true on Monday.

For starters, the Nebraska Cornhuskers got another crystal ball projection to land three-star cornerback Amare Sanders. This came from Brian Christopherson of Huskers 247. He’s been on the beat for a long time and is one of the top Nebraska football recruiting experts.

So now that Christopherson and Steve Wiltfong are on board with a crystal ball, I’m feeling pretty confident that Amare Sanders will be committing to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Matt Rhule might have even teased good news with a recent Tweet. 

Sanders is 6-foot-1, 162 pounds, and ranked 674th overall in the 2024 class according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. The On3 prediction machine has Nebraska football as the leader too, but as we saw with Jacory Barney, it’s not always 100 percent accurate.

We’ll see if the crystal balls lead to a commitment soon.

Elite running back to visit Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Nebraska Cornhuskers probably aren’t desperate to take another running back in the 2024 class after landing dynamic three-star running back Kewan Lacy.

However, if Nebraska football is able to land a top-100 talent, it will certainly take the chance. Caden Durham could be that guy. He’s a running back out of Duncanville, Texas, and ranked 97th overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings.

Durham rushed for nearly 2,000 yards as a junior and he’s ranked 10th at the position. Oklahoma is the crystal ball leader but if the Sooners take Taylor Tatum, Durham might want to go somewhere else.

Nebraska football will host him for an official visit in September. Alabama will do the same so the competition will be stiff even if OU isn’t involved. LSU has also received a crystal ball but that was back in March.

Durham is 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, and runs the 100-meter dash in 10.72.

Nebraska football makes final two for 4-star O-line

Four-star offensive lineman Preston Taumua has the Nebraska Cornhuskers among his top two teams with Oregon. He’s ranked 219th overall and is 6-foot-4, 315 pounds out of Hawaii. He’s listed as an interior offensive lineman, but his scouting report sounds like he could play tackle too.

Either way, you can never have enough quality offensive linemen. Oregon and Nebraska football each hosted Taumua for official visits in June. But the Huskers are right in the mix and here’s what Taumua told 247 Sports about the Nebraska Cornhuskers: 

“Some people were kind of surprised that I put Nebraska up there. I don’t know why. They always love to bring up Nebraska’s old record but the relationship that I’ve built with coach Donovan Raiola is something special. They can make you laugh, smile and even make you feel motivated before games. I can tell that they will be better than they were last year, especially with coach Matt Rhule there.”

There is one crystal ball for Oregon but that came back in May.

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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