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Nebraska Football: 3 thoughts on Huskers’ newest commitments



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Nebraska football landed commitments from running back Kewan Lacy and also safety Rex Guthrie on Monday. Here are three thoughts.

The good news continues for Nebraska football on the recruiting trail as the Huskers were able to convert crystal balls into commitments on Monday.

The first came from three-star running back Kewan Lacy. Outside of Carter Nelson, this might be the biggest recruiting win of the weekend for the Huskers.

They needed a running back in the 2024 class and got a dynamic one in Lacy. He runs the 100-meter dash in sub 11 seconds and runs over 20 miles per hour.

Next up was three-star safety Rex Guthrie. He’s technically unranked according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, but I’m sure that’ll change soon. 247 Sports him as a three-star in their own rankings.

Nebraska football now has 19 commitments. The Huskers have picked up 10 commitments since June 18th and are expecting another on Wednesday from top target Carter Nelson.

Here are three thoughts on the commitments of Lacy and Guthrie.

Kewan Lacy is one of Matt Rhule’s best recruiting wins

Carter Nelson is going to get most of the attention, along with the commitments of other in-state recruits like Dae’vonn Hall, Isaiah McMorris, and Daniel Kaelin, but grabbing Lacy away from Ole Miss and others is a huge win.

Lacy had four expert projections total for the Rebels but didn’t have an official visit scheduled. Maybe the offer wasn’t commitable and that’s what Matt Rhule was talking about when he tweeted, “OMG, they really really messed up.”

If Lacy wasn’t a take for Ole Miss — they did mess up. Lacy ran the 100 meters in 10.79 out of Lancaster, Texas. He’s ranked 551 overall and 43rd among running backs at 6-foot, 205 pounds.

The Huskers could look to add another running back but one might be all they need based on how they recruited the position. And I put Lacy right there with McMorris and Hall in terms of their talent and impact. He’s a huge get and has starting potential down the road.

In fact, he reminds me a lot of Ajay Allen.

Rex Guthrie is another intriguing defensive athlete

The second commitment for Nebraska football on Monday came from Guthrie, a versatile defensive athlete who, like many of Matt Rhule’s recent commitments, is better than his ranking indicates.

I know it’s easy to say that. Many fanbases do, but when you watch film on Guthrie you wonder how this kid is a two-star according to some services or how he isn’t a composite three-star yet.

While Guthrie is technically a defensive back right now, at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, he could easily grow into more of a hybrid player. Watching his highlights, I get Isaac Gifford vibes.

Gifford is a solid nickel linebacker and honestly, I’d like to see him play more of a traditional role too.

He might be a little light for that at 200 pounds. Guthrie is right now too but if he put on 15-20 pounds, there would be something to work with. And at any rate, the 3-3-5 defense will need guys that can be a safety/nickel linebacker. Guthrie could fill that role, which is why I really like this commitment out of Littleton, Colorado.

The fact that he’s a top-five player in Colorado is also a good sign. That could be fertile ground for the Huskers, plus he runs a 4.43, which fits exactly into the kind of player Rhule wants.

Recruiting wins all over the place

Much of the dialogue surrounding Matt Rhule is about the recruiting job he’s done in the state of Nebraska. It’s been impressive and he’s on the verge of landing the No. 1 player in the state for the second straight year.

Beyond that if Carter Nelson does commit and if Caleb Pyfrom joins him, the Huskers will have the top five in-state recruits in 2024 locked up. However, Rhule is doing much more than just recruiting Nebraska.

Nebraska football has landed six recruits from the state of Texas in the 2024 class and they aren’t even done yet. Ernest Campbell is another that’s trending with predictions. The Huskers have also landed two commitments in Colorado, plus verbals from six other states: Iowa, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, and North Carolina.

It’s impressive. The Huskers should have 20 pledges or more by the end of this week. That means that 90-95 percent of the work for this class is just about finished, outside of just holding commitments.

Hayes Fawcett of On3 said on Monday that Nebraska football is recruiting in a way it hasn’t in a long time and that’s 100 percent fact.

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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