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Nebraska Football makes Top 4 for DE target

Nebraska football continues to recruit strongly on the defensive line.



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Nebraska football made the top four on Wednesday for 2025 four-star defensive lineman Kade Pietrzak.

Pietrzak is the 35th overall defensive lineman in the 2025 class, and the top player in his class from the state of North Dakota per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. The Huskers are in the top four along with Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

Pietrzak was most recently offered by Missouri back in March, and received his first offer from Nebraska all the way back on September 18. He took an unofficial visit to Nebraska on January 20.

Pietrzak measures in at six-foot-four, 240 pounds. He played both the defensive end and tackle positions in high school. He can run a 4.8 40-yard dash, squat 500 pounds, and bench 345 pounds, per his Hudl profile.

It’s easy to see why Nebraska football is recruiting him. He is extremely strong, and that helps him in terms of rushing the passer. He also played offensive line in high school, and you see a lot of his same techniques work on both sides of the football. His ability to push back an offensive lineman and collapse the pocket quickly is impressive.

One of the things that he does best is extend his hands. This allows him to be able to get into the backfield quickly, and collapse the pocket. His athleticism is very notable, and it is also noticeable right off the bat due to his sound technique.

2025  Nebraska football recruiting class is strong

Currently, the 2025 Nebraska football recruiting class has one other defensive lineman in the class in Tyson Terry. Adding Pietrzak would make for a nice duo in the class. The class itself ranks 36th overall nationally, and has seven commitments.

Obviously, this particular recruiting class is very solid defensively, and that’s credit to this coaching staff. The most exciting part of this is, this class is just getting started.

It’s no guarantee that Nebraska football will land Pietrzak. However, the program being in the top four is certainly a good sign. We are starting to see Nebraska football in more and more of these final lists, and that speaks to the fact that recruits believe in what this program is trying to build.

The success of the defensive line in recent years is also a positive, and now there is a pitch to sell to recruits based on development.

The defensive side of the football is Nebraska’s biggest strength at the moment, and potentially landing an elite recruit will undoubtedly continue the cycle.

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Danny is a Nebraska athletics fan and writer. He also enjoys writing about recruiting in his free time. Danny has been following the Huskers for the last five years. Find him on Twitter @NebCornholio.