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Nebraska Football: 3 thoughts on TJ Lateef commitment

Nebraska football landed another big-time quarterback.

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Nebraska football was able to land a commitment from 2025 four-star quarterback TJ Lateef on Sunday. With this commitment, Nebraska football now has another strong arm in the quarterback room.

Lateef had made it known that Nebraska made him feel like a priority over this past month. The Huskers were in dire need of a quarterback for the next cycle, and Lateef was one of their primary targets. His pocket-passing ability as well as strong arm gives the program stability at the quarterback position for the future.

We give our thoughts on the latest commitment for Nebraska football, as talent continues to come into the fold.

Nebraska football scores big out of California

Lateef’s commitment gives Nebraska another opportunity to establish a recruiting base in California. Quarterbacks coach Glenn Thomas has made it a point to recruit in that area over the last couple months, and we are seeing the first inklings of his hard work paying off.

This is important for a couple reasons. For one, there will now be four West Coast teams in the Big Ten. Most notably, USC and Nebraska will be going head-to-head for quarterback recruits. The Trojans have established themselves as a quarterback development school, with Lincoln Riley being known as the ‘quarterback whisperer.’ Look no further than Caleb Williams being the first overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.

Landing Lateef could be a step in the right direction for Nebraska for the in the state of California. The state has been known for producing talented quarterbacks, and Lateef could well be on his way in that regard. It’s never a bad idea to plant a recruiting flag there.

Huskers now have long-term future option

Lateef now gives Nebraska football another option in the quarterback room. Yes, he is not on campus yet. However, it’s important to think about the future of the room. Dylan Raiola will likely declare early for the NFL draft. That leaves Daniel Kaelin as the main piece following Raiola’s departure.

Getting him in the fold now means that he will have time to develop once he arrives on campus. He still has a year left at the high school level, so that will give him even more time to develop for the future.

Furthermore, this gives Nebraska football the signal-caller they have been searching for. They started to ramp up the pursuit of a future quarterback last year. They were unsuccessful, with target Alex Manske ending up at Iowa State. Matt Zollers was another target for Nebraska. He ended up committing to Missouri. The hunt for a 2025 quarterback was in full swing, and Nebraska needed another one for the quarterback room.

They managed to get it with Lateef. Not only did they get his commitment, they also were able to land a high-quality quarterback. This is the most depth that Nebraska football has had in the quarterback room in quite some time.

Positive long-term impact on WR room

This commitment now gives assurances to potential wide receiver targets that they will get a talented quarterback to play with. Especially when you take a look at who Nebraska is recruiting currently, that could play a big role in the future.

Take for example 2025 wide receiver Cortez Mills. Nebraska has been very active in his recruitment. Michael Terry III is another one that has held Nebraska in high regard. Terry gave Nebraska football high praise on social media, saying that Matt Rhule isn’t ‘playing fair’.

It’s also good news for current receivers in the 2025 class. Bryson Hayes and Tanner Terch come to mind. So too does tight end Bear Tenney. The Huskers have done a good job of surrounding their quarterbacks with weapons. That will also be the case here in the coming years.

Having a solid quarterback makes life much easier, both in terms of scheme and recruiting. Landing Lateef was a major get for the future of the program, and paints a clear picture for the future.

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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.

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