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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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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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