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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: Daniel Kaelin finishes strong at Elite 11, official visit preview, and more



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Future Nebraska football quarterback Daniel Kaelin stood out at the Elite 11, plus a key volleyball commitment, and more Nebraska Cornhuskers news.

Danny Dimes indeed. If anyone was doubting the nickname of “Danny Dimes” for Nebraska football quarterback commitment, Daniel Kaelin, they shouldn’t be after the Elite 11.

Kaelin, a three-star prospect in the 247 Sports composite rankings, put on a blue-chip performance over the course of the three-day event. When it was all said and done, Kaelin finished in the top 10 overall of the final rankings put out by 247 Sports. SB Live also ranked him in the top 10 and the consensus opinion seems to be that the Nebraska Cornhuskers are getting a steal.

That’s what we’ve been saying for weeks. At the very least, Kaelin should be a four-star quarterback in the composite rankings. On Friday, he actually won the accuracy competition. Throwing some literal dimes late to come back and win the event.

Here are some highlights and analysis from Daniel Kaelin’s performance, which frankly should have Nebraska football fans pretty excited about the future.

The Elite 11 is a bunch of guys throwing the football in shorts. So it doesn’t mean that much. But Kaelin threw the ball really well. Some analysts knocked his arm strength a little, however, I’d take accuracy over pure arm strength any day.

That’s a trait you can improve too and if anyone doubts that — look at Tom Brady. He never had the strongest arm but it definitely got stronger.

Kaelin is dedicated to his craft. He’s also dedicated to Nebraska football as he’s coming back to Lincoln for an unofficial visit to spend time with official visitors this weekend. That’s the kind of kid you want leading your program, which is why once again, this was a massive land for head coach Matt Rhule.

Seven official visitors on campus for Nebraska football

Next weekend is the really big recruiting weekend for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. That’s when Carter Nelson and Isaiah McMorris among many others will visit.

This official visit weekend is still important. Four-star EDGE Jacob Smith will be on campus. Michigan has pulled into the lead but the Wolverines’ EDGE board is also very crowded. You never know in recruiting and I’m hopeful the Huskers can wow him this weekend, which they usually do on official visits.

The names I’m watching the closest in terms of possible commitments are Michael Burt and Jake Peters. Both have been projected to the Nebraska Cornhuskers going into the weekend. Burt is a three-star tight end from Omaha (Creighton Prep) and he’s a fast riser.

Burt received a slew of Big Ten offers within days of each other. One was from Nebraska football. Iowa and Minnesota offered first, but the Huskers feel like the leader and can cement that status this weekend.

I’m also very intrigued by Braylen Prude. He’s a 6-foot-5, 190-pound safety. Rhule and the Nebraska football staff offered him during their satellite camp in Texas and he’s athletic. The fact that he’s taking an official visit soon after tells you the Huskers are serious and I feel like a commitment could happen after this weekend.

That’s just a guess but Prude runs the 400-meter dash in 49 seconds and Evan Cooper took a great interest in him at the camp. He doesn’t have any other Power-5 offers right now. That’s sort of worrisome but I trust Rhule and I wouldn’t be shocked if Prude committed sooner rather than later.

A big-time volleyball commitment for Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska volleyball got its 2025 recruiting class off to a hot start as John Cook was able to land the top setter in the class in Campbell Flynn out of Michigan on Friday.

The contact period opened on June 15th at midnight and just one day after, Flynn is committed to Nebraska. She’s ranked as the No. 5 player overall in the 2025 class and the top-ranked setter via Prep Dig.

What makes Flynn so special is that she can do a lot more than set. She’s 6-foot-2 and can be a right pin. She knows how to hit the ball really well too and should be a valuable addition for the Cornhuskers.

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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