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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: Illinois moving on Nebraska recruits, Willis McGahee talks commitment, and more



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In our latest Nebraska Cornhuskers news roundup, Illinois lands another Nebraska recruit, Willis McGahee talks commitment and more.

It was a bit of a slow news day on Wednesday for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. I guess it was for the Nebraska football team since there wasn’t a commitment.

That’s a joke. But after the busy month of June, in which Nebraska football landed 15 verbal commitments, it’s taken a minute to get used to having a day or two without a commitment.

However, a player from the state did make a power-5 commitment, it just wasn’t a commitment to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Tanner Hollinger is the player in question. He’s an 8-man football tight end sort of like Carter Nelson.

Hollinger is the 16th-ranked player in the state and also the fourth tight end from Nebraska to announce a Power-5 commitment. It’s wild but Nebraska is becoming known for its tight ends.

It’s interesting that Illinois has now landed two recruits from the Cornhusker State in 2024. Caleb Pyfrom was the other. You can certainly debate how badly Nebraska football wanted Pyfrom. The intel is that the staff told him they were full on the interior in terms of offensive linemen.

But it’s something to watch going forward. Nebraska football doesn’t want Illinois encroaching on the state. It’s been decades since the Fighting Illini have done so and I’ll be keeping an eye on Bret Bielema going forward.

Willis McGahee talks commitment to Nebraska Cornhuskers

One of the 2024 Nebraska football commitments some fans have had questions about is three-star linebacker Willis McGahee IV.

McGahee committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the spring. He didn’t take an official visit over the summer months, but did take a trip to UCF which got some buzz going about him flipping.

As it turned out, the official visit was scheduled before he committed to Nebraska football. Matt Rhule knew about it and it was more of a courtesy to the UCF staff. Will Turboff of Huskers 247 caught up with McGahee this week and it’s clear that his commitment to Nebraska football feels solid.

He was even talking about the Nebraska Cornhuskers winning a national title. I don’t know if that’s realistic, but I like that McGahee is drinking the Kool-Aid just like I am.

According to what McGahee told 247 Sports, Nebraska football is the only program he’s in contact with right now. It also sounds like an official visit is being planned for Sept. 30 against Michigan.

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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