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Nebraska Football: QB targets, names to know for 2024 class



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Top Nebraska football quarterback target Dylan Raiola committed to the Georgia Bulldogs on Monday afternoon. Now, Nebraska football will look to find a quarterback for 2024. All is not lost following the Raiola commitment. The Huskers do have options at the position, although some may take more work to land than others.

With that in mind, we take a look at the Nebraska football quarterback big board for 2024.

Kamari McClellan

One of the more interesting targets is 2024 quarterback Kamari McClellan. McClellan is a three-star quarterback. He is the 42nd overall quarterback in the 2024 class, and the 36th overall player in his class from the state of Alabama per the 247Sports Rankings. He has a numerical rating of 87.

McClellan measures at six-foot-one, 175 pounds.

McClellan had 79 completions for 1,158 yards and 16 touchdowns for Clay-Chalkville high school in Pinson Ala. He has a quick release, and the football gets to the wide receiver in a hurry. He likes to stay in the pocket when he passes and goes through his progressions quickly. McClellan does a good job of identifying the target he wants to throw to and getting the football to his destination quickly.

He is slated to visit Nebraska on June 2. The program has not extended him an offer yet.

Dante Reno

Dante Reno is another name to watch for at the quarterback position. Reno is a member of the class of 2024. He is   currently a South Carolina commitment, having done so on July 2, 2022. He played at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, and is from Fiskdale, Massachusetts. Reno measures in at six-foot-one, 195 pounds.

The Nebraska football connection here would be offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield. Reno expressed sadness that the Satterfield was leaving for Nebraska in November.

As a sophomore in 2021, he threw for 2,507 yards and 27 touchdowns go along with a 66% completion percentage.

Reno is a pocket-passer. He has good touch on the football, and is able to use that touch to fit the ball in tight windows. He wouldn’t necessarily be a RPO type of quarterback. Nevertheless, his accuracy and his ability to get the football down the field make him an intriguing target.

With that being said, he is still committed to South Carolina.  Could Nebraska football make a move here? It would be wise for the program to at least kick the tires on him.

Daniel Kaelin

The last target is one that Nebraska football may have missed out on in Daniel Kaelin. Kaelin officially committed to Missouri on March 13. He is a Bellevue native, and currently plays at Bellevue West. He is the fourth overall player in the state of Nebraska per the 247 Sports Rankings.

Kaelin  may have been a Nebraska lock had the huskers not pursued Raiola heavily. However, we really can’t fault Nebraska for at least wanting to see Raiola’s recruitment to the end. In the meantime, Kaelin had 3,361, yards and 39 total touchdowns last year. The signal-caller finished his high school career as the state’s leader in passing yards. He also averaged 290 passing yards per game. He has legitimate starting potential, and would fit Nebraska football nicely.

Accuracy and a strong arm are two of his biggest qualities that he could bring to the table. Nebraska football could benefit from both of those, and he is a player that would be able to start for Nebraska football in short order.

Yes, Nebraska football did not land Dylan Raiola. However, there are still quarterback targets that are solid and should be worth checking out. It will be interesting to see what direction Nebraska football will go in. One thing is certain: they need to find a quarterback.


Nebraska Football zeroing in on local 2025 LB



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Nebraska football is beginning to make inroads into the 2025 recruiting class, and they will have visitors on campus next weekend. Hosting some local talent. 2025 outside linebacker Zayvion Campbell will be in Lincoln next weekend.

This is notable for a couple of reasons. For one, Ryan Gottula is the head coach at Lincoln Southeast. His son Gunnar is part of the 2023 Nebraska football recruiting class. The family connection could help Nebraska football land Campbell.

Secondly, Nebraska is continuing to recruit in-state. This is something that we have seen in the 2023 and 2024 recruiting classes it appears that in-state recruiting will be a focal point. This is something the coaching staff has zeroed in on as one of their main goals during their time at Nebraska. They are sticking to that goal.

What could he bring to Nebraska football?

Campbell is a very intriguing player. He measures in at around six-foot-three, 200 pounds. He has good pursuit ability, and is able to wrap up and make tackles with ease. Campbell would be able to fit the Nebraska football defense by providing a solid presence inside. Campbell uses a variety of moves in order to get to the quarterback as well.

He would give Nebraska a player that could be used in multiple ways in a 3-3-5 defense. It would be fun to see defensive coordinator Tony White work with him. He has the ability to rush as well as fill gaps on the inside. That type of versatility is what Nebraska football should be looking for defensively with the scheme they have.

At the very least, Campbell is coming to campus to check things out.  It’s important that Nebraska continues to look at multiple candidates at the linebacker position. At the very least,  they need to make an effort to continue the recruiting pipeline in-state. The 2023 and 2024 classes were filled with Nebraska-born players. This is a trend that needs to continue.

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Nebraska Football: QB visit canceled and a Carter Nelson update



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Nebraska football is set for its first official visit weekend of June and Kamari McClellan has canceled, plus the latest on Carter Nelson.

One of the big questions lingering about Nebraska football recruiting this weekend was whether or not three-star quarterback Kamari McClellan would make it for his official visit.

It was still on the schedule for this weekend according to the recruiting sites and in a recent interview, McClellan indicated he was still coming. However, with the recent commitment of Daniel Kaelin, it was only going to happen if Nebraska football suddenly decided to take two quarterbacks in 2024.

Anything is possible but the visit has now been canceled according to Sean Callahan of Husker Online. I think McClellan will wind up at Clemson or another team scrambling for a QB. Nebraska football was in that position and the kid is talented, but Kaelin, who is heading to the Elite 11, is a much better get.

Daniel Kaelin will visit Nebraska football again

Speaking of Kaelin, it wasn’t lip service when he said he wants to be around when any recruit comes to visit. The quarterback will take his official visit the same weekend as Carter Nelson.

But he’s now on the list for an unofficial visit this weekend. There are a couple of wideouts expected to visit. Jacory Barney is one and the Huskers lead for the three-star wideout via the On3 prediction machine. He’s ranked 459th overall out of Miami, Florida.

Williams Nettles is also visiting but he could be a cornerback or receiver. Caleb Pyfrom is a three-star in-state tackle also visiting and Kaelin being on campus could help push him toward a commitment, which seems to be where things are trending according to recent crystal balls.

It’s just clear that Kaelin is serious about doing what he can for this class, no matter how many times he needs to come to campus.

Another Carter Nelson visit

Add Penn State to the list of teams to worry about in the Carter Nelson sweepstakes. He’s going to visit the Nittany Lions on June 16th, which will be his fourth scheduled official visit.

Nelson is going to visit Georgia this weekend, followed by Notre Dame next weekend. The Huskers just got a Futurecast projection from Greg Smith of Rivals to land Carter, the top-ranked recruit in the state in 2024 and things seem to be trending in the right direction.

My thought is that Nelson is likely going to take these visits and make a decision sometime this summer, maybe in July or August. That’s just a guess. I don’t see this recruitment bleeding into the season and Nebraska football has put more effort in than any other program.

That doesn’t mean anything on its own. But Carter just took a visit to Nebraska along with Kaelin and that connection seems to be helping. Nelson hasn’t talked about his recruitment a ton, so it’s hard to get a read, but the tea leaves are pointing in Nebraska’s direction.

We’ll see if that’s still true after the next three weekends.

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Nebraska Football trending in right direction with Florida CB



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Nebraska football is having a newsworthy recruiting month to start up June. The program is already trending with four-star corner Mario Buford. Now, it appears that another corner may be in their sights as well.

Amare Sanders is the name to keep an eye on. He is a four-star corner He is ranked numerically at 87.50 according to the On3 recruiting rankings. He plays at Gulliver Prep high school, and is from Miami, Fla.

Sanders is a three-star recruit and measures in at 6-foot-2, 167 pounds. Right now, Nebraska is in the lead for his recruitment according to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine. He is also visiting Nebraska this weekend, in what is turning out to be a big weekend for visitors.

Sanders has tremendous athleticism for a corner. He is able to make the proper reads on passing plays, and that allows him to close on wide receivers quickly and break up potential completions. He does a good job of turning his hips, and reading the play in its entirety. This is certainly important to his game and the way he plays. He also is a decent size for a corner, as he measures in at 6-foot-2 167 pounds.

Nebraska football making Florida a priority

It’s clear that Nebraska football wants to establish a stake in Florida. They are trending with wide receiver Jacory Barney Jr, and already have a commitment from Willis McGahee IV. Both of those players hail from Miami Palmetto. Sanders goes to Gulliver Prep, which is another highly-touted school in the state of Florida.

Currently, the 2024 Nebraska football recruiting class ranks 31st overall nationally with seven commitments. They have focused on both sides of the football, and are landing talented prospects both in and out of the state of Nebraska.

It will be interesting to see if Sanders ends up coming to Nebraska. The fact that he is visiting this weekend and is trending towards the Huskers is certainly a positive sign. The program done work in Florida before, but it seems like this time around their efforts will stick. Recruiting in Florida is a key component for success. Nebraska football is trying to establish that.

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