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Nebraska Football: Fall camp storylines, wrapping up a big recruiting weekend

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Nebraska football hosted a number of recruits for “The Cookout.” We offer thoughts on that and some fall camp storylines for the Huskers.

Pinch yourself, Nebraska football fans, because fall camp starts today. That means the start of the regular season is just 31 days away.

According to Sean Callahan, the Huskers will hit the field for six practices a week during fall camp, which is a practice each day, plus Sunday off.

There are a number of storylines going into fall camp, but one that Matt Rhule will need to address in his Monday press conference is Myles Farmer.

Farmer, a starting safety last season for the Huskers, wasn’t spotted at Nebraska football fan day on Sunday. There were also rumors all weekend on social media about his departure from the team.

We have known all along that some players would be leaving. The Huskers have to get down to 85 players, so there are a few that could transfer or take the retirement package, which allows a player to have his scholarship paid for without counting against the total as long as they aren’t actually on the team.

I’m sure we’ll learn more about who those players could be on Monday. We still don’t know when or if Arik Gilbert will be cleared for this season and of course, I’m interested in the health of guys like Teddy Prochazka, Marques Buford, and Thomas Fidone.

We have heard that Matt Rhule is going to run a tough camp. He wants a tough team and since he’s got the Nebraska football players and coaches in the dorm, I’m assuming he’ll take an old-school approach.

The Huskers need to get their edge back.

Those are things I’ll be watching and regardless, it’s exciting to take another step closer to the start of the 2023 Nebraska football season.

Thoughts on big Nebraska recruiting weekend

Nebraska football hosted more than 30 recruits over the weekend from the 2024 and 2025 classes. One of the big names on campus, at least in terms of uncommitted prospects was 2024 in-state recruit Caleb Benning.

It was the second visit of the week to Nebraska for Benning. Bryan Musnon reported that Benning could return to watch practice for another visit on Monday, which has to be a positive for the Huskers.

Another big name was four-star Grant Brix. He also visited Kansas State and Oklahoma this week, which tells you who the top contenders are. Nebraska football feels like a good bet, but we’ll see if Brix sets a commitment date this month or wants to take more visits in September.

Getting 2025 quarterback Alex Manske back for a third time this summer was important. Manske is from Iowa and is listed as 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. It’s clear that he’s the Huskers’ top target at the position. Minnesota just offered so his offer list keeps growing.

Manske also said he wants to decide after his junior season, which means fall visits will be important. That’s another reason why you have to feel good about where Nebraska stands. If the Huskers have a winning season and get Manske back for a game, they should have a good shot to win his commitment.

On a last note, it seemed like the Huskers did well with Christian Jones, the top in-state recruit in 2025 who has gotten a couple of crystal ball projections recently for Nebraska football.

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Nebraska Football lands athletic playmaker in JD Crisp

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Nebraska football continues to recruit for the 2024 class. They picked up a commitment from 2024 wide receiver JD Crisp on Wednesday afternoon. Crisp played both sides of the football in high school, playing both defensive back and wide receiver for Second Baptist High School.

He is not ranked in the 247Sports regular or Composite Rankings. However, he does have a solid offer sheet.  Crisp had seven offers in total, including one from Minnesota. He was officially offered by the program on September 16 and quickly made his decision.

It’s also worth noting that his recruitment was active throughout the summer. He attended Texas A&M Aggies camp on June 14. At the very least, he garnered interest from a prominent Texas school. That is notable in of itself.

What could he bring to Nebraska football?

It’s interesting that he is a two-way player. He played both the receiver and safety positions in high school. As far as Nebraska is concerned, I could certainly see him playing at receiver. He has as a tremendous amount of athleticism, and played mostly on the outside and high school. Crisp was very good at catching in space, and making contested catches and tight windows.

Playing receiver would make sense for him, given Nebraska’s lack of depth at the position moving forward. He has the agility and ability to become a solid piece if developed properly.

Nevertheless, he has overall qualities that could make him a good safety as well. This coaching staff loves the opportunity to work with athletes and molding them as they see fit. His ability to fire off the football and read a play certainly stands out.

The commitment of Crisp adds to a 2024 recruiting class that ranks 24th overall nationally. The class itself is stacked with talent. It currently has 25 commitments in total.

It will be interesting to see what Crisp can do for Nebraska football. He is definitely more of a project player. Nevertheless, his athleticism and speed is intriguing. One of this coaching staff’s strengths is identifying how players fit into the program. They will have to do that with Crisp.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: Jeff Sims still not 100 percent, a flip attempt, and more

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Nebraska football QB Jeff Sims still isn’t 100 percent, plus more Nebraska Cornhuskers news.

One thing we know for sure about the Nebraska football quarterback situation is that we won’t know anything until kickoff on Saturday against Louisiana Tech.

Matt Rhule said that he won’t be making any announcements prior to the game, similar to last week, about the starting quarterback. Marcus Satterfield told reporters on Tuesday that Sims took “50-55 percent of the snaps” so he’s improving, but according to Rhule, he’s still not 100 percent.

Rhule indicated that Sims is throwing the ball well. The Nebraska Cornhuskers just want to see some more movement skills out of their starting quarterback. One of the starting quarterbacks I should say since Sims and Heinrich Haarberg were listed as co-starters this week on the depth chart.

We’ll see how it plays out. If Sims is healthy, I expect that he will get the start or at least play, but with how thin Nebraska football is at running back, both quarterbacks will probably be needed, especially with their prowess for pounding the rock.

Nebraska Cornhuskers aiming to flip Michigan State 4-star

Andrew Dennis is a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman rated as a four-star prospect by the 247 Sports composite rankings. He’s out of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and has been committed to Michigan State since April but Nebraska football is one of many programs to throw out a recent offer.

We don’t know if Dennis has any plans to visit Nebraska football. He’s been offered by Auburn, Stanford, Penn State, and Purdue just since Monday. I wouldn’t get too serious worrying about Dennis until he takes a visit to Nebraska, but if that happens, watch out.

It’s at least a name to keep on the radar and a decommitment definitely seems possible with the situation going on at Michigan State with Mel Tucker getting fired.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Big Ten basketball schedule released

We knew which teams Nebraska basketball would play in the 2023-24 Big Ten season but got the official schedule on Tuesday. The Huskers released it on their official Twitter account.

Nebraska basketball will open Big Ten on December 6th against Minnesota on the road. Fred Hoiberg’s first conference home game will be against Michigan State on December 10th.

The schedule is fairly balanced in terms of the home and road games. The Huskers have consecutive home games twice on the conference schedule. Nebraska has also back-to-back road games twice.

My first impressions though, are that Nebraska basketball is capable of a winning season in Big Ten play, which would definitely keep Fred Hoiberg in place and likely, would give the Huskers a realistic shot at making their first NCAA tournament since the 2014 season.

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Nebraska football is trending for a priority target, plus more Cornhuskers news

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Nebraska football seems to be closing in on the commitment of three-star athlete Caleb Benning, plus another win for volleyball.

For the first time this season, Nebraska football fans are enjoying a victory Monday following the Huskers’ 35-11 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday.

It was an important win for plenty of reasons. But Matt Rhule’s team needed some momentum. The Huskers got it with that win and now, they are picking up momentum with top recruiting target Caleb Benning.

Benning has been one of the top high school players in the state this fall. He was injured last year, which slowed down his recruitment, but the Huskers have been putting on the full-court press and hosted him for a visit during the game on Saturday.

After that, Benning told reporters how much he wanted to play in the Nebraska football defense. He also said that a decision could be “pretty soon” which sounds like great news for the Huskers.

Over the weekend, Nebraska football also picked up a new expert projection to land Benning from Bryan Munson of Husker Online. This was after another recent crystal ball from 247 Sports.

The On3 prediction machine now gives the Huskers a 91-percent chance to win the commitment of Benning, while all of the crystal ball projections agree. Even Greg Smith, a former Nebraska insider who covers Midwest recruiting for rivals, also projected Benning to Nebraska.

The 5-foot-10, 183-pounder is one of the top targets left on the board along with the likes of Grant Brix, Brandon Baker, and Jayshawn Ross. His addition to the 2024 class would be huge and regardless of his ranking, Benning is a player the Huskers need on their roster in the future.

Nebraska volleyball notches another top-25 win

The Cornhuskers were back in the Bob Devaney Center on Sunday and scored another win over a top-25 opponent, their second of the week with a 3-1 win over Kentucky by the scores of 25-14, 25-22, 23-25, and 25-21.

Merritt Beason was on fire for Nebraska volleyball as she had a team-high 17 kills, a total that was matched by freshman standout Harper Murray. Beason also added three blocks, as did Murrary, but Beason hit .438 compared to .308 for Murrary.

Nebraska had 62 kills compared to 53 for Kentucky, which was limited to just a .243 hitting percentage. The Huskers only had four service aces but Bergen Reilly had 32 assists in the win, while Lexi Rodriguez pitched in with 18 digs and had a perfect serve-receive percentage.

The Cornhuskers (9-0) open Big Ten play this week against Ohio State on Friday at 8 PM CST.

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