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Nebraska Football: Recruiting calendar heats up in busy week



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Nebraska football has been busy hosting several visitors over the last couple of days in terms of recruiting. The focus is fully shifted to the 2025 class, as Nebraska football looks to keep the momentum going  from impressive 2023 and 2024 classes. Several names were on campus over the course of this week, while others have visits coming up.

It seems as though the Huskers are focusing evenly on both sides of the football, as they try  to reload several positions. They seem to be taking a country-wide approach too, with Texas still being a predominant focus in recruiting. Even still, we are seeing them expand to California a bit more, as well as Kansas, and Missouri. The result has been getting a wide variety of talented recruits on campus. The Huskers seem to be in a position to win now, and they are capitalizing on it with their recruiting strategy.

There have been several names on campus over the past couple of days. With that in mind, we take a look at some of the bigger names that have visited already, and visitors yet to come.

Four-star LB to visit Nebraska Football on Saturday

2025 four-star Linebacker Dawson Merritt will be in Lincoln on Saturday, for an official visit.

He is the 12th overall linebacker in the 2025 class, and the third overall player in his class from the state of Kansas per the 247Sports composite rankings. He has several high-profile programs going after him, including the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, and Missouri.

Merritt can play well both in coverage and in terms of coming down to make a tackle. His overall pursuit is strong as well. What’s interesting here is that he can also play the edge position. When he is blocked, he can release quickly and stay involved in a play, particularly in the run game.  He plays aggressively, and that certainly works in his favor as well.

Merrit has the numbers to prove it as well. he recorded 83 tackles in 12 games played as a junior last season. This included 17 tackles for loss.

Nebraska football has taken a defensive approach to the 2025 class to this point, with Tyson Terry and Caden VerMaas headlining the class itself. Merrit would be another nice get, as Nebraska football continues to build the defense under Tony White. His versatility would translate well into the Nebraska defensive scheme.

Four-star Texas edge coming to town Friday

2025 four-star edge Chad Woodfork is going to be visiting Nebraska on Friday.

Woodfork is the eighth overall edge in the 2025 class, and the 12th overall player in his class from the state of Texas per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He has no Crystal Ball predictions at this time, but LSU, TCU, and Texas Tech are his top schools at this time.

As it stands right now, Texas Tech is the leading school according to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine.

Woodfork measures in at six-foot-four, 220 pounds. He immediately comes off the edge, and fires as soon as the ball is snapped. He is extremely agile, and can make plays in the backfield with ease. This is especially helpful in the run game, as he is able to fill holes quickly.  He had 33 total tackles and three sacks last season for Summer Creek High School.

It appears that Nebraska football will have their work cut out for him in trying to get him out of the state of Texas. This hasn’t seemed to have been too much of an issue for Matt Rhule and this Nebraska coaching staff. However, interest from both Texas Tech and TCU will make this a difficult recruitment to land.

Talented CB stops by for visit

2025 four-star corner Adonyss Currie took an unofficial visit to Nebraska on Tuesday, as Nebraska continues to look at corner prospects for this class. On top of his unofficial visit, he is also set to visit Nebraska football on April 27 for the Red-White Game

He is the 13th overall corner in the 2025 class, and the 11th overall player in his class from the state of California per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Currie is an interesting fit, especially when you talk about versatility for this defense. His athleticism is extremely evident and his ability to read and track a football is of note as well. In addition to his ability to play the secondary position, he can also come off the edge and make plays.

Again, positional versatility is the key here. His explosiveness in the defensive backfield, and his ability to do multiple things to impact a game, is something that Tony White wants in his defense. Right now, he has no Crystal Ball predictions at this time, but the fact that he already took an unofficial visit, as well as the fact that he is set to take an official visit later this month, is encouraging.

Nebraska Football making push for California OT

2025 three-star offensive tackle John Mills also stopped by campus on Tuesday. Mills had dinner on Sunday with Nebraska coaches as part of his visit.

He  measures in at six-foot-six, 330 pounds.

Mills is a three-star offensive tackle. He is the 48th overall offensive tackle in his class, and the 52nd overall player in his class from the state of California per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Nebraska is also battling California, Florida, Texas, and USC for Mills.

Mills is very good in terms of run-blocking in particular. He is able to extend his hands quickly, and create running lanes. He stays square with his man, and immediately extends his hands to make the play.

Athleticism is another strong point of his game as well. He is able to get down the field quickly, and that helps with screen plays. It also helps him make blocks at the second level. Overall, he is a very solid prospect, and a lineman that would definitely fit what Nebraska football wants to do offensively.

Texas appears to be in the lead for him according to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, but we all know how that can change. The fact that Nebraska was able to get him on campus is a good sign.

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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.