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Nebraska Football: 5 recruits that could commit this weekend (June 2nd)



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It’s the first big official visit weekend of June for Nebraska football and here are five potential commitments to watch for.

June is going to be a huge month for Nebraska football recruiting and it started on Friday night as the Huskers welcomed in nine official visitors from the 2024 class.

Matt Rhule has talked about the importance of the June 23rd visit weekend, which is when Carter Nelson, Dae’vonn Hall, Isaiah McMorris, and others are expected to take official visits to Nebraska football.

However, this weekend is important too. A number of top targets are on campus and the Huskers are leading, according to the On3 prediction machine for five of the nine recruits.

They have received crystal ball projections for three of the nine recruits visiting — Mario Buford, Caleb Pyfrom, and Jacory Barney — so the idea of landing some commitments this weekend isn’t far-fetched.

At the very least, I’d expect some commitment announcements to come out of this weekend, and whether it’s announced this weekend or not, here are five recruits most likely to pledge to Nebraska football this weekend.

5. 3-star DB Amare Sanders

Nebraska football is the leader according to the On3 prediction machine but there haven’t been any expert projections at this time. However, the DB from Gulliver Prep in Miami only has an official visit scheduled to Nebraska.

Miami and Florida have both started to show more interest. Sanders, who is ranked 655th overall according to the On3 Industry rankings said he wanted to take a visit to Florida.

That’s why I don’t think it’s super likely he commits this weekend. However, the Huskers have done well in Florida and the coaching staff has ties to that area. This feels like a winnable recruitment and the official visit to Nebraska football can be eye-opening, which is what I’m betting on with Sanders.

Will it be enough to get a commitment? Maybe not this weekend, however, this could prove to be the turning point in Nebraska winning out for another talented recruit from Florida.

4. 4-star WR Jacory Barney

Jacory Barney is one of the three recruits visiting Nebraska football this weekend that has received a crystal ball projection to the Huskers. The newly-minted four-star wideout in the 247 sports composite rankings actually has two projections to Nebraska.

At 6-foot, 160 pounds, Barney is ranked 412th overall in the 2024 class. Barney is a really skilled player. He maybe needs to add some weight, but he looks ready to contribute to a Power-5 program. He’s got the ability to get deep and has speed, of course, but he’s also dynamic after the catch.

There is competition though. Nebraska football is getting the first official visit, but not the last. Barney will head to Texas A&M next weekend and Illinois after that.

Ideally, he would shut down his recruitment soon after the stop in Lincoln. However, with a trip to College Station looming, that might be a big ask. It’s possible though as the Huskers appear to be in the lead.

3. 3-star D-line Carlon Jones

Of all the recruits visiting Nebraska football this weekend, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman from Bay City, Texas, might be my favorite.

It’s crazy to me that Nebraska is the only official visit Carlon Jones has scheduled right now. He’s ranked No. 661 overall according to the On3 Industry rankings and is explosive. He’s maybe a bit of a tweener between EDGE/D-line but he lives in the defensive backfield.

Last season he had 102 total tackles and 29 tackles for loss. The 260-pounder also had 13 sacks and four hurries. He’s explosive and although he’s raw, Nebraska football could be getting a steal here.

The Huskers lead according to the On3 prediction machine. There aren’t any predictions yet, but Jones posted this video of his official visit and my hope is that Nebraska really pushes for a commitment this weekend.

It feels like it’s there for the taking.

2. 4-star CB Mario Buford

This is a name Nebraska football fans will know well. Mario Buford is not just one of the top targets on the board for Nebraska football at cornerback in 2024, but his brother is a starting safety for the current squad.

That’s a nice in for the Huskers. However, they have really prioritized Buford, who is out of Desoto, Texas. Buford posted a video with Matt Rhule on social media Friday night and even then, Rhule was telling Buford, “Go Big Red.”

I don’t believe he was just referring to the chant either — he was inferring a commitment. At least that’s what I took from it and since Buford has been trending with expert projections from 247 Sports, On3, and Rivals, it seems possible.

There are visits looming to Michigan State and Penn State. Yet, Rhule and the Huskers have been fantastic at converting official visits into commitments and I’m wondering if that happens with Buford this weekend (or soon after).

1. 3-star OT Caleb Pyfrom

Now that Brandon Baker is clearly not coming to Nebraska football, it makes landing in-state offensive tackle Caleb Pyfrom even more important.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder is ranked 710th overall according to the On3 Industry rankings and is ranked No. 6 among recruits in the state of Nebraska for the 2024 class.

Pyfrom has been trending with projections to Nebraska football leading up to his visit, but Minnesota and Illinois are also expected to host him for official visits later this month. The Omaha Central product has 11 offers total including Penn State, Iowa, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, and Kansas State among others.

That’s a pretty impressive list of Midwest teams, so the kid is a player. But with Daniel Kaelin coming to campus on Saturday, it could help sway the in-state tackle to stay home and help protect the in-state quarterback commitment.

Regardless of the exact date, I expect Pyfrom and a few others on this list (Jones, Buford, and Barney) to be Nebraska football commitments by the end of the month. I also wouldn’t be shocked if some decisions came sooner rather than later, maybe even one or two this weekend.

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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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