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Nebraska Football: Is a commitment coming Tuesday for Huskers?



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Nov 5, 2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Baylor Bears running back Richard Reese (29) celebrates after scoring a touchdown with offensive lineman Micah Mazzccua (65) against the Oklahoma Sooners during the second half at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sport

Nebraska football could be adding to its 2023 roster on Tuesday as Micah Mazzccua has set a decision date. Here’s the latest.

After a weekend of hosting transfer portal targets, Nebraska football should discover how fruitful those visits were very soon.

Last week, there was some thought that a commitment happened and that it was former Baylor offensive lineman Micah Mazzccua.

Walter Rouse is an offensive tackle from Stanford that also visited and could be the starting left tackle for Nebraska football in 2022. Rouse has also visited Iowa and Oklahoma. Yet, a favorite hasn’t emerged.

There doesn’t seem to be any positive buzz about the Huskers so it’s hard to read but Iowa is the slight leader according to the On3 prediction machine.

As far as Mazzccua, Nebraska football is still the leader. There have been multiple expert projections for the 6-foot-5, 330-pounder who played over 700 snaps last season for the Bears. And the Huskers will find out on Tuesday if they will land the experienced offensive guard.

Mazzccua who also visited Florida and Auburn has announced a decision date for Tuesday night. The Huskers are the favorite (96 percent chance according to the On3 prediction machine) and nothing has changed.

We’ll see if that stays that way but absent a run of expert predictions, Nebraska seems like the choice.

One transfer target off the board for Nebraska

The Huskers also seem poised to land former Virginia wide receiver Billy Kemp. He’s a veteran slot receiver that would give Nebraska another proven option. All of the expert picks are in Nebraska’s favor after his visit.

Yet, there was some bad news on Monday as Malik Hornsby announced his commitment to Texas State. Hornsby got some expert projections for the Huskers and a pledge to Nebraska was imminent. However, it was going to be at wide receiver.

Hornsby is an impressive athlete that was compared to RG3 by 247 sports coming out of high school and he has the kind of speed Nebraska would love to have at wide receiver. Yet, he would be No. 3 on the quarterback depth chart and he decided to commit to Texas State on Monday.

That puts the focus on Kemp for now but I wouldn’t expect Nebraska to stop mining the transfer portal for talent. Hopefully, the Huskers add more Tuesday.

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More crystal ball projections for Nebraska Football ahead of big weekend



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Nebraska football has landed two more crystal ball projections ahead of a huge recruiting weekend for the Huskers.

There are going to be 26 recruits on campus this weekend visiting the Nebraska football program. Five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola is the headliner, along with a number of other top-100 recruits and the top-ranked player in the state of Nebraska Carter Nelson.

It’s one of the most impressive visit weekends for Nebraska football recruiting in a long time, maybe ever, but how many commitments are going to come this weekend if any?

I certainly wouldn’t expect a pledge from Raiola. As much as Nebraska football fans might want that, the top-ranked QB in the 2024 class just scheduled an official visit in June with Georgia, the defending national champs. This is on the heels of another visit to UGA, so the Huskers need to recapture some momentum.

The key objective with many recruits will be getting them back for an official visit. Gatlin Bair is a name that comes to mind since the kid is ranked 40th overall in the 2024 class via 247 sports. He’s visiting this weekend and if the Huskers got him back for an official visit in June, they’d have to feel good about their chances.

However, Nebraska football could land a couple of commitments this weekend. One candidate is three-star tight end Ian Flynt. He visited back in January, has family ties to Nebraska football, and just received another crystal ball projection for the Huskers. That’s four total for the No. 456 overall recruit in the 2024 class (247 composite).

A commitment might not happen this weekend, but I’d look for a commitment date coming soon out of this weekend. Flynt is out of Texas and so is three-star offensive lineman Gibson Pyle, who also received a crystal ball projection on Friday (Flynt did too).

Pyle is 735th overall and he teased an announcement a couple of weeks ago but it didn’t come. He’s got six crystal ball predictions for the Huskers and that’s another potential commitment to watch out for this weekend.

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Nebraska Football welcoming Nebraska high school coaches



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Nebraska football was busy on Thursday, as the first week of spring ball begins to wrap up. There was a ton of anticipation throughout the week, as players and fans got a first look at what this team could be like. Thursday, Several Nebraska high school coaches got their chance too, with many in attendance.

Omaha North’s Larry Martin, York coach Glenn Snodgrass, and Papillion -La Vista South coaching legend Walt Olsen were there Thursday. In addition to the coaches, Lincoln Football Coaches Association president Mark Waller was also in attendance, per a report from Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald.

It’s easy to gloss over why this is important information. Nevertheless, the attendance of those particular people fits with the vision that Matt Rhule is trying to bring to the program.

This Nebraska football coaching staff wants to make the state of Nebraska a focal point in recruiting. Honestly, they should. There is a ton of talent in the state, and that should be able to continue with future classes.

Nebraska high school coaching staffs indicated they felt ignored by previous coaching staffs. The Scott Frost staff was just beginning to make inroads into the Nebraska high school circuit in 2022. Coaches such as Mickey Joseph were beginning to really build a fence around the state. Now, this current coaching staff looks to finish the job.

What better way to do so than to have Nebraska high school coaches at a practice? It’s clear that Rhule and this coaching staff wants to make the state a priority. Having high school coaches at practices helps establish the pipeline early.

It’s good to see this group of Nebraska coaches building connections with those in the state. It’s something that should be able to serve them well. Establishing good rapport early is nothing but a positive. It’s encouraging to see the state itself being addressed, and a focal point at that.

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Nebraska Football: Tommi Hill returns to practice Thursday



There was a lot of information to take in during Thursday’s Nebraska Football practice, including the appearance of a player who was not practicing at the beginning of the week. Defensive back Tommi Hill returned on Thursday, adding more depth to the field, per a report from the Omaha World-Herald.

Hill played on both sides of the football for Nebraska last season. He started at defensive back, before moving over to wide receiver. It was a rough year for Hill, as it was for most of the defense. All told, he tallied 17 pass breakups and four deflections. He did not record any statistics as a wide receiver, though his speed made it an intriguing position move.

Whatever happened during the beginning of the week appears to be settled, as Hill was back at practice. He could very well be a major part of the defensive backfield, especially with Malcolm Hartzog potentially moving to safety. It would be more of a natural fit for Hill at the corner spot, as he has played the majority of his career in the defensive backfield.

At the very least, this gives another body for the huskers coaching staff to work with. Hill is one of the many players who are looking to bounce back after a difficult year last year. It will be interesting to what kind of role he will play, as Nebraska football has several options for personnel in Tony White’s defense.

Hill’s athleticism could land him a potentially big role in White’s 3-3-5 defense.  As for now, Hill is just working to get back into the fold, as the defense begins to take shape.

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