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Nebraska Football: Carter Nelson’s importance rivals Dylan Raiola



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When it comes to Nebraska football recruiting targets, it’s clear that Carter Nelson is right there with Dylan Raiola in terms of importance.

If case you haven’t noticed, Nebraska football fans, the recruitment of in-state tight end Carter Nelson is taking off like a rocket as more big-time offers have poured in this week.

While Michigan and Notre Dame recently got in the mix with offers, the SEC contingent has been active recently as Alabama, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, and now Georgia have all extended offers to the 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end out of Ainsworth, Nebraska.

Nelson is ranked No. 202 overall in the 247 sports composite rankings for 2024 and is the No. 1 player in the state of Nebraska. Many Husker fans are obsessed with Dylan Raiola, the five-star QB from Arizona, who is the top-ranked player in the entire 2024 class.

Trust me, I want Railola as bad as anyone, but in terms of recruiting importance, Carter Nelson takes a back seat to no one for Nebraska football or at least he shouldn’t.

The fact that Nelson has 28 offers should tell you something, especially when they are from the likes of Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, and Texas A&M. Texas and Miami also offered this week too so basically every heavy hitter is involved and if they aren’t, they probably will be.

But where does that leave Nebraska football?

Does Nebraska lead for Carter Nelson?

The Huskers are the current leader according to the On3 prediction machine. Nebraska football also appears to be in the lead according to Sean Callahan of Husker Online.

One thing in Nebraska’s favor is that Nelson has visited campus unofficially four times. He hasn’t been anywhere else more than twice and Notre Dame is the only big-name school he has visited. That could change this spring and summer obviously and that’s something to watch.

If Nelson takes multiple visits to Georgia or Alabama for instance, I would be worried. So far, Nebraska football is the only school to pay him an in-home visit and Matt Rhule and the coaches also took in a basketball game in Ainsworth.

As with Raiola, Nebraska football isn’t guaranteed to win a commitment. But I’m confident in one thing: Rhule and his staff won’t be out-worked.

Nebraska football isn’t going to miss on Nelson because another school recruited him harder, that much I can promise. Rhule has emphasized in-state recruiting and beyond that, Nelson has been a priority for the staff since day one.

At the end of the day, Nelson may want to leave the state of Nebraska for college. There could be factors beyond the Huskers’ control. But if they prioritize Nelson and recruit him as hard as they possibly can, what else can be done?

I have confidence that Rhule will land Nelson, just as he was able to land Malachi Coleman in the 2023 class. But all of the offers to Nelson are worrisome. It’s a sign of just how talented he is and that’s a good thing for Nebraska football.

It’s a great opportunity to have a kid this talented in your backyard — now, the Huskers just have to try and find a way to keep him home, because, in my view, he’s right at the top of the board with Dylan Raiola.

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5 takeaways from huge Nebraska Football recruiting weekend



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This past weekend was one of the biggest recruiting weekends ever for Nebraska football and here are five takeaways now that it’s a wrap.

One thing that’s not debatable at all when it comes to Nebraska football is the fact that this past weekend was one of the biggest recruiting weekends the Huskers have had in recent memory.

There were over 25 recruits on campus for spring visits. That group included No. 1 overall quarterback Dylan Raiola, as well as top-ranked in-state recruit Carter Nelson.

All the top targets or at least most of them were in Lincoln this weekend and here are five takeaways from the big recruiting weekend for Nebraska football.

It was a success

I know there haven’t been any commitments and so far, there was just one crystal ball coming out of the weekend, but people just need to be patient.

It’s still very early in the process. Recruits are going through spring visits and will be looking to take official visits again this summer. Some 2024 recruits have already committed and it was reasonable to expect a commitment or two but this weekend was never going to be about commitments.

It was more about laying a foundation with a number of elite recruits and the Huskers did that. No. 1 offensive tackle according to On3, Brandon Baker, was already talking about a return trip. So is Nathaniel Frazier, a top-10 running overall out of California.

Almost every recruit tweeted something positive and said the visit, “exceeded expectations.” That’s not really anything concrete, but the weekend feels like a success to me.

The Huskers are still near the top with Dylan Raiola

If I had a crystal ball for Dylan Raiola, it would be foggy. Steve Wiltfong has changed his twice since Raiola decommitted from Ohio State, moving from Georgia to USC.

Right now, the Bulldogs are the only team with an official visit scheduled. The Huskers are getting him back for the spring game and the next objective will be an official visit.

I’d love it if they just got a commitment next month and didn’t need to worry about official visits, but I don’t see that being the case. I also don’t see much distance between the top four teams: Nebraska football, Georgia, USC, and Oregon. I think are all right in the mix.

I’m sure the Huskers helped themselves this weekend. However, I don’t know that they did anything to really change the trajectory of this recruitment. It still feels like anyone’s game.

Rhule continues to impress

Players really came away impressed with Matt Rhule. When they talked about him in interviews, they talked about him being “everywhere” during practice. The facilities got a lot of love and I think Rhule has all the recruits believing that Nebraska football has what it takes to be among the college football elite again.

Remember, in two years, we’ll have a 12-team playoff in college football. I see no reason why Nebraska can’t be a regular contender for that. This program really is a sleeping giant and this weekend showed it.

Imagine what will happen if the Huskers can win 8-9 games next season and then land Dylan Raiola? Rhule is doing a lot of this on relationships and faith. Of course, he’s been to multiple conference title games in college football and is a proven winner.

Yet, once Nebraska football is armed with some on-field success to sell, the recruiting is going to go to the next level, which should be a frightening thing for the rest of the Big Ten.

A new priority

As much as Dylan Raiola is the top priority at the quarterback position, it’s clear that Nathaniel Frazier is the top target on the board at running back.

Coming into the weekend, he wasn’t talked about as much as some of the other top-100 guys, but he’s a top-10 running back in 2024 (102nd overall in 247 composite). He also comes out of Mater Dei, which is one of the elite programs in the country, so this is a dude that could play right away.

Rhule wants Nebraska football to run the damn ball and landing a dude like Frazier would really help with that. He’s already talking about coming back and is one of the guys Nebraska made progress with.

Potential commitments on the horizon for Nebraska football

I still wouldn’t be surprised to see the Huskers landed a couple of commitments in the coming weeks and there are two names that make a lot of sense.

Three-star tight end Ian Flynt has ties to Nebraska and visited for the second time in a couple of months this weekend. Gibson Pyle, a three-star offensive lineman from Texas, also took his second visit. Both have started to get projections from 247 sports and

You never know when guys are going to actually make a decision. It seems commitments on recruiting weekends don’t happen as much as they used to for a number of reasons. But those guys, along with Mario Buford, have all received crystal ball projections in the past few days, so if you are jonesing for commitments — those are three names to watch after the big visit weekend for Nebraska football.

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Nebraska Football: 4-star RB Nate Frazier plans to return to Lincoln



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Nebraska football has been heavily recruiting Mater Dei running back Nate Frazier. Frazier is a four-star running back, and the 14th overall running back in the 2024 class. He is also the 22nd overall player in his class from state of California per the 247Sports rankings. He has a numerical rating of 90.

Frazier’s offer sheet extensive, and includes the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Ole Miss, Oregon, and Tennessee. Big Ten foes are also in on the running back’s recruitment, as Michigan State and Penn State have also offered him.

He had a successful 2022 season, as he recorded 61 carries for 791 yards and nine touchdowns for Mater Dei.

Frazier is 5-foot-11 195 pounds, but he plays a lot bigger than his size. He is a unique running back, in the sense that he has speed, as well as the ability to catch the football. Frazier is more of an East-West runner, and uses his speed to get to the outside quickly. The running back would make an immediate impact for Nebraska football, and he has the type of speed that could allow him to take over a game.

Frazier will return to Nebraska football

Frazier told Mike Schaefer of Husker247 that he plans to come back for a game. This could be an important development, given that Nebraska football is trying to establish connections in the California area. Frazier was one of the more underrated players on this past weekend’s visit list, but he should not go unnoticed. It’s becoming clear that this coaching staff wants a top-shelf running back.

It will be interesting to see what happens with his recruitment, and it’s encouraging that Nebraska football is getting another visit. Landing Frazier would add an immediate boost to the running back room, and it will be fascinating to see where his recruitment goes.  At the very least, he is coming back for more

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Nebraska Football gets Crystal Ball prediction for 4-star DB



Nebraska football has had good momentum on the recruiting trail as of late, and they received a Crystal ball in their favor on Sunday. 2024 corner Mario Buford had a Crystal Ball added in his favor on Sunday afternoon.

Buford is a four-star recruit He is the 24th overall corner in his class, and the 52nd overall player in his class from the state of Texas per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. His Crystal Ball was a medium-confidence score of six and was put in by Will Turboff of Husker247.

Buford has 18 offers on the table. Arizona, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, and Oregon are some of the bigger offers outside of the Big Ten. Several Big Ten schools have also extended an offer his way. Illinois, Michigan State, and Purdue have offered him as well. There is a fair amount of Big Ten competition for him.

He is a bit on the smaller side at five-foot-11, 165 pounds. Nevertheless, he matches up well with receivers on the outside. Instincts are a key part of his game. He is able to close nicely on receivers, as well as time his tackles well enough to jar the ball loose. He is the type of physical corner that would fit well in the 3-3-5 defense that Nebraska football is trying to employ.

Nebraska football appears to be indirectly giving leeway to its players positionally when it comes to the 3-3-5. They want athletes on this defense, and Buford would certainly fit the bill. Buford playing in a 3-3-5 defense seems like a  good fit, although time will tell.

Nebraska football only has one commitment in their 2024 class in Roger Gradney However, there should be more to come, especially with this visit weekend wrapping up. The Huskers appear to be in good shape with Buford, as the coaching staff sets out to put together a strong 2024 class.


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