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Nebraska Football: 3 thoughts on transfer of RB Ajay Allen



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Nebraska football lost one of its most talented players to the transfer portal in Ajay Allen and here are three thoughts for the Huskers.

I was bummed out when Casey Thompson entered the transfer portal, but I wasn’t surprised. That move was expected but I didn’t expect Ajay Allen to enter the transfer portal as he did on Sunday.

It wasn’t shocking. Guys enter the transfer portal all the time now and with the guy that recruited Allen to Nebraska football no longer on the coaching staff, it makes more sense.

However, I still had hope that he was sticking around. Thompson leaving made sense. Jeff Sims is the QB1 and I understand not wanting to risk losing that competition.

Allen was going to play next season — a lot. I’ll confess I didn’t understand why he was lower on the depth chart this spring. He was coming off an injury and that was part of it I guess. Either way, it’s a huge loss, and here are three thoughts on what it means for Nebraska football.

Nebraska lost its most talented runner

Allen didn’t have a long resume, however, he really impressed last season. Allen only gained 192 yards but he was explosive and in the Oklahoma game, he was one of the few guys that looked like he belonged on the other sideline.

It’s possible that he didn’t jive with the staff or maybe he thought he would have a better shot to start somewhere else. Regardless of the reason, Nebraska just lost its most promising running back for the future.

Gabe Ervin and Anthony Grant are solid. Grant rushed for nearly 1,000 yards last season but Allen just offered something different. The depth for the 2023 season is still fine and this puts more onus on Rahmir Johnson to be a running/receiving threat, but it’s a hit no matter how you slice it.

Running back is a huge need in 2024

With the loss of Allen, the Huskers have two running backs total signed for the 2022/2023 classes. Ervin, Grant, and Johnson are all upperclassmen. I like Emmett Johnson, I just haven’t seen enough to say he’s a sure-fire starter and it’s possible that the starting running back for Nebraska football in 2024 isn’t on the team right now.

Nathaniel Frazier would be huge. He’s a top-10 running back and has said he wants to come back to visit Nebraska football officially. We’ll see, but landing a premier back is now vital in the 2024 class. So is adding more than one. In fact, I’d say Nebraska needs 2-3 running backs now in 2024, or at least a transfer or two at some point.

If Nebraska has any scholarship room, a multi-year running back transfer this spring wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.

The 2023 outlook doesn’t change much for Nebraska football

While I believe Allen was the most talented pure back on the Nebraska football roster, he still wasn’t going to be the starter. Not unless something changed dramatically from the spring to the fall.

Ervin will be fine, although I would like to see him produce on the field. In other words, I’m sick of the offseason hype with him. I want to see results. I’d also like to see Grant take a step forward.

If the offensive line is improved, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to rush for close to 1,000 yards. And Rahmir Johnson’s talent was wasted in 2022, which shouldn’t be the case this time around.

Allen was the future starter in my opinion and he likely could have had a breakout-type season in 2023, but the hit is more long-term for the Huskers and it doesn’t really impact the win projection.

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Nebraska Football zeroing in on local 2025 LB



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Nebraska football is beginning to make inroads into the 2025 recruiting class, and they will have visitors on campus next weekend. Hosting some local talent. 2025 outside linebacker Zayvion Campbell will be in Lincoln next weekend.

This is notable for a couple of reasons. For one, Ryan Gottula is the head coach at Lincoln Southeast. His son Gunnar is part of the 2023 Nebraska football recruiting class. The family connection could help Nebraska football land Campbell.

Secondly, Nebraska is continuing to recruit in-state. This is something that we have seen in the 2023 and 2024 recruiting classes it appears that in-state recruiting will be a focal point. This is something the coaching staff has zeroed in on as one of their main goals during their time at Nebraska. They are sticking to that goal.

What could he bring to Nebraska football?

Campbell is a very intriguing player. He measures in at around six-foot-three, 200 pounds. He has good pursuit ability, and is able to wrap up and make tackles with ease. Campbell would be able to fit the Nebraska football defense by providing a solid presence inside. Campbell uses a variety of moves in order to get to the quarterback as well.

He would give Nebraska a player that could be used in multiple ways in a 3-3-5 defense. It would be fun to see defensive coordinator Tony White work with him. He has the ability to rush as well as fill gaps on the inside. That type of versatility is what Nebraska football should be looking for defensively with the scheme they have.

At the very least, Campbell is coming to campus to check things out.  It’s important that Nebraska continues to look at multiple candidates at the linebacker position. At the very least,  they need to make an effort to continue the recruiting pipeline in-state. The 2023 and 2024 classes were filled with Nebraska-born players. This is a trend that needs to continue.

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Nebraska Football: QB visit canceled and a Carter Nelson update



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Nebraska football is set for its first official visit weekend of June and Kamari McClellan has canceled, plus the latest on Carter Nelson.

One of the big questions lingering about Nebraska football recruiting this weekend was whether or not three-star quarterback Kamari McClellan would make it for his official visit.

It was still on the schedule for this weekend according to the recruiting sites and in a recent interview, McClellan indicated he was still coming. However, with the recent commitment of Daniel Kaelin, it was only going to happen if Nebraska football suddenly decided to take two quarterbacks in 2024.

Anything is possible but the visit has now been canceled according to Sean Callahan of Husker Online. I think McClellan will wind up at Clemson or another team scrambling for a QB. Nebraska football was in that position and the kid is talented, but Kaelin, who is heading to the Elite 11, is a much better get.

Daniel Kaelin will visit Nebraska football again

Speaking of Kaelin, it wasn’t lip service when he said he wants to be around when any recruit comes to visit. The quarterback will take his official visit the same weekend as Carter Nelson.

But he’s now on the list for an unofficial visit this weekend. There are a couple of wideouts expected to visit. Jacory Barney is one and the Huskers lead for the three-star wideout via the On3 prediction machine. He’s ranked 459th overall out of Miami, Florida.

Williams Nettles is also visiting but he could be a cornerback or receiver. Caleb Pyfrom is a three-star in-state tackle also visiting and Kaelin being on campus could help push him toward a commitment, which seems to be where things are trending according to recent crystal balls.

It’s just clear that Kaelin is serious about doing what he can for this class, no matter how many times he needs to come to campus.

Another Carter Nelson visit

Add Penn State to the list of teams to worry about in the Carter Nelson sweepstakes. He’s going to visit the Nittany Lions on June 16th, which will be his fourth scheduled official visit.

Nelson is going to visit Georgia this weekend, followed by Notre Dame next weekend. The Huskers just got a Futurecast projection from Greg Smith of Rivals to land Carter, the top-ranked recruit in the state in 2024 and things seem to be trending in the right direction.

My thought is that Nelson is likely going to take these visits and make a decision sometime this summer, maybe in July or August. That’s just a guess. I don’t see this recruitment bleeding into the season and Nebraska football has put more effort in than any other program.

That doesn’t mean anything on its own. But Carter just took a visit to Nebraska along with Kaelin and that connection seems to be helping. Nelson hasn’t talked about his recruitment a ton, so it’s hard to get a read, but the tea leaves are pointing in Nebraska’s direction.

We’ll see if that’s still true after the next three weekends.

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Nebraska Football trending in right direction with Florida CB



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Nebraska football is having a newsworthy recruiting month to start up June. The program is already trending with four-star corner Mario Buford. Now, it appears that another corner may be in their sights as well.

Amare Sanders is the name to keep an eye on. He is a four-star corner He is ranked numerically at 87.50 according to the On3 recruiting rankings. He plays at Gulliver Prep high school, and is from Miami, Fla.

Sanders is a three-star recruit and measures in at 6-foot-2, 167 pounds. Right now, Nebraska is in the lead for his recruitment according to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine. He is also visiting Nebraska this weekend, in what is turning out to be a big weekend for visitors.

Sanders has tremendous athleticism for a corner. He is able to make the proper reads on passing plays, and that allows him to close on wide receivers quickly and break up potential completions. He does a good job of turning his hips, and reading the play in its entirety. This is certainly important to his game and the way he plays. He also is a decent size for a corner, as he measures in at 6-foot-2 167 pounds.

Nebraska football making Florida a priority

It’s clear that Nebraska football wants to establish a stake in Florida. They are trending with wide receiver Jacory Barney Jr, and already have a commitment from Willis McGahee IV. Both of those players hail from Miami Palmetto. Sanders goes to Gulliver Prep, which is another highly-touted school in the state of Florida.

Currently, the 2024 Nebraska football recruiting class ranks 31st overall nationally with seven commitments. They have focused on both sides of the football, and are landing talented prospects both in and out of the state of Nebraska.

It will be interesting to see if Sanders ends up coming to Nebraska. The fact that he is visiting this weekend and is trending towards the Huskers is certainly a positive sign. The program done work in Florida before, but it seems like this time around their efforts will stick. Recruiting in Florida is a key component for success. Nebraska football is trying to establish that.

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