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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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Nebraska Football flips local TE Eric Ingwerson after long pursuit



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Nebraska football landed a commitment from 2024 tight end Eric Ingwerson on Wednesday, according to multiple media reports.

Ingwerson is the 128th overall athlete in the 2024 class, and the ninth overall player in the class from the state of Nebraska per the 247Sports composite rankings. He has a numerical rating of 86 overall.

This is a solid commitment for several reasons. For one, Nebraska football has been interested in him for quite a while. He received an offer from the program on April 11, and had him and for an official visit on June 16.

Ingwerson joins a tight end room that is already in good hands for 2024. Carter Nelson headlines the room, with Ian Flynt also part of the room as well.

It is also worth noting that Ingwerson played on the defensive side of football as a defensive lineman for Papillion-LaVista. He could definitely play the position for Nebraska, as he measures in at six-foot-seven, 235 pounds. There is the chance that he could play a different position other than tight end. However, his size makes him an intriguing option at the position itself.

There can also be the possibility that Nebraska football could be looking at him as an offensive lineman. The size is there. This staff knows how to develop offensive lineman. Ingwerson could fit well in the positional group.

Currently, the 2024 Nebraska football recruiting class ranks 23rd overall in the country per the 247Sports rankings. This class has a solid high school group, and Ingwerson certainly adds to that. The 2024 class has the potential to be a cornerstone class of Matt Rhule’s tenure.

Ingwerson will be an asset to Nebraska football, no matter what position he plays. Furthermore, this is a great flip by the program. Once again, they have shown the ability to identify a prospect they want, and pursue him until they land him. The staff has done a good job of being able to flip recruits. Ingwerson is certainly a part of that distinction.

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Nebraska Football trending towards landing another in-state TE



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Nebraska football could be in line for one of their top targets. Tight end Eric Ingwerson is expected to make a visit to Lincoln this weekend, according to a report from 247Sports Steve Wilfong.

Ingwerson is a guy that Nebraska has been after for quite a while. The tight end has been committed to Pittsburgh since March, but Nebraska offered him in April. Since then, they have been pushing to land him. Tight ends coach Josh Martin is currently the coach involved in his recruitment.

Predictions have been made for Ingwerson to end up a member of the Nebraska football program. Notre Dame insider Tom Loy logged in a crystal ball for the tight end with a medium confidence score of six on Wednesday morning. Wilfong did the same thing, with the same confidence score as well.

What could he bring to Nebraska football?

Ingwerson has a tremendous catch radius, and uses it to haul in passes with ease. He has the ability to get into open space, and run after the catch. His ability to catch high throws in particular makes him a threat in the red zone. He is a quarterback’s best friend, and a player that would be a drive starter. He’s the type of player you can deliver safe, easy throws to in order to get the offense going.

Ingwerson would be an immediate red zone threat for Nebraska, as they look to continue to bring in talent to the tight end room. We have seen the emergence of Thomas Fidone this year. This offense has done a good job of involving the position in its scheme, especially in the red zone. Fidone for example already has three receiving touchdowns on the year.

It will be interesting to see what happens this weekend. From the sounds of it, it could be possible that we see a commitment. This would be a nice get for a 2024 Nebraska football recruiting class that already has a ton of talent. Here’s to hoping the coaching staff can seal the deal.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: QB updates for Michigan, plus a Christian Jones update



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Our Nebraska Cornhuskers news roundup features the latest on Nebraska football quarterbacks, plus an update on top target Christian Jones.

Nebraska football was back on the practice field on Tuesday, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ two coordinators — Tony White and Marcus Satterfield met with the media.

The coaches always give out some good nuggets but the most important topic addressed on Tuesday were the quarterbacks — Jeff Sims and Heinrich Haarberg.

Haarberg started the last two games for Nebraska football and led the Huskers to a pair of non-conference wins over Louisana Tech and Northern Illinois. The running game was the strength for Haarberg although he tossed three touchdown passes over the two games. He has four on the season as well as three rushing touchdowns.

But Haarberg left the Louisiana Tech game due to injury and didn’t return after the weather delay. Matt Rhule said he could have returned but got tight. On Tuesday, Satterfield said that Haarberg was a full-go at practice for the Nebraksa Cornhuskers ahead of the Michigan game.

Jeff Sims is also “splitting reps” according to the Nebraska OC, but Sims still isn’t “100 percent” which probably isn’t a great sign for his availability on Saturday.

Latest on in-state recruiting target Christian Jones

Over the last two recruiting cycles, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have had an elite recruiting target in the state and in the 2025 class that’s linebacker Christian Jones.

Out of Omaha Westside, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker is ranked 106th overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. He also has some crystal balls in favor of Nebraska football already.

But just like the recruitments of Carter Nelson and Malachi Colman, this is going national. According to Bryan Munson of Husker Online, Jones visited Notre Dame last weekend for the Ohio State game.

Jones was also offered by Penn State. Notre Dame feels like the biggest threat by far though and here’s what Tom Loy of Irish Illustrated wrote about the in-state target’s visit to South Bend:

“He loved the atmosphere and environment of a Notre Dame home game and called it the “best college visit” he’s ever been a part of. Between the visit, the effort from the staff, and the push from his friend and teammate Teddy Rezac, a 2024 Notre Dame commit, I like the Irish as a major contender in this one.”

I agree that Notre Dame is the team to worry about but with the way the Huskers have been playing defense and having success recruiting the state, I’d still say Nebraska is the team to beat.

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