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Nebraska Football recruiting: Thoughts on 2024 RBs, key visit weekend



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The running back board is taking shape for Nebraska football in the 2024 class, plus we talk about a key visit weekend upcoming.

I know a lot of Nebraska football fans are feeling down about Dylan Raiola and his commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs.

There has been a lot of talk about the quarterback position and what happens next. I broke down three quarterbacks Nebraska should have interest in and one is visiting on June 2nd in Kamari McClellan.

It still feels like he’s the most likely quarterback to wind up signing with Nebraska football in the 2024 class. There’s the previous tie to Marcus Satterfield and the fact that he’s already lined up an official visit. If the Huskers offer and I expect them to, they should become the favorite.

We’ll see though. I’d also like to see them try to flip Daniel Kaelin. That was a missed opportunity sort of like Teddy Rezac, but that’s how it goes. You aren’t going to bat 1,000.

At any rate, to shift away from the quarterbacks, here are some thoughts on running back recruiting in 2024, plus a look ahead to an upcoming visit weekend that could yield some commitments.

Running back board is taking shape for Nebraska football

The Huskers will probably be looking to add multiple running backs in the 2024 class. They only signed one in 2023, plus the departure of Ajay Allen drops the numbers even more.

As far as the top targets, it’s pretty clear who the priorities are right now. Nathaniel Frazier, a top-10 running back out of California, is the No. 1 guy. He visited this spring and Nebraska football coaches just stopped by his school a couple of weeks ago.

Landing his commitment will be tough. USC, Alabama, and others are after him. Frazier is an electrifying talent but has talked about visiting for a Nebraska football game in the fall. If that happens, the Huskers might have a chance, but I don’t see them pulling this one off.

However, two other running backs have official visits scheduled for June in Kewan Lacy (No. 536 overall) and Micah Kaapana (No. 710 overall).

Lacy visited Ole Miss and Miami this spring. But Nebraska is his only official visit right now and the Huskers hold a slight lead according to the On3 prediction machine. Kaapana is another interesting prospect. He’s taken a visit to Oklahoma State and will visit on June 23rd the same weekend as Lacy.

My thought is that Nebraska is in a strong position for both. The Huskers have the room and should push to get both that weekend. Matt Rhule has done well converting official visits into commitments and we’ll see how that carries over to the 2024 class.

June 2nd visit weekend should lead to commitments

Right now, the Huskers have two different weekends set up with more than five recruits expected to visit. That number is going to grow for all four weekends in June.

However, the June 2nd weekend is looking pretty important for Nebraska. There aren’t any major targets scheduled to be on campus that weekend, but the Huskers are hosting five prospects and it feels like there is an outside chance they could go 5/5 in terms of commitments.

I don’t mean five commitments by the end of that weekend either. However, I expect McClellan to get an offer from the coaching staff at quarterback. Caleb Pyfrom (in-state OL), Carlon Jones (DL), and Jacory Barney (WR) are taking official visits along with four-star safety Peyton Morgan out of Texas.

Nebraska football is the current leader according to the On3 prediction machine for Pyfrom, Jones, and Barney, and that weekend could be a great opportunity to close on an official visit.

Morgan is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound safety. Texas Tech is in the lead (via the On3 prediction machine) and with the way the Red Raiders, led by a former Rhule assistant, Joey McGuire, have recruited Texas recently, it’s probably a longshot.

However, if Nebraska was able to sway things with Morgan and if it decides to offer McClellan, five commitments from that (June 2nd) weekend isn’t far-fetched, at all.

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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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