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Nebraska football to host 2024 DE, plus a loaded recruiting weekend



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Nebraska football is hosting around 30 recruits this weekend for its Junior Day, plus a four-star in the 2024 class will be on campus.

The ramifications of all the coaching changes in college football are still being felt and the departure of Kalen DeBoer from Washington to Alabama could help Nebraska football.

That’s if Nebraska football can close with four-star 2024 defensive end Keona Wilhite. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive lineman is listed as a four-star recruit by Rivals but is ranked as a three-star by the 247 Sports composite rankings which has him at No. 588 overall. He’s ranked 13th in the state of Arizona and 67th among D-lineman.

Wilhite previously signed with Washington in the 2024 class, but following DeBoer’s departure, he asked out of his letter of intent. That release was granted by the Huskies. Since then, Wilhite has visited Michigan State, and according to Adam Gorney of Rivals, he will visit Nebraska football next.

The Huskers added Jordan Ochoa as a preferred walk-on on Thursday. They have also been pushing for defensive lineman Dylan Christley and Wilhite is another name you can add to that mix.

One thing you have to love about Matt Rhule and this Nebraska football staff is that they are always recruiting. Talk about leaving no stone unturned.

Nebraska football hosting over 30 recruits this weekend

Between the 2025 and 2026 recruiting classes, Nebraska football will have over 30 recruits visiting this weekend and a bunch of big names will be in Lincoln.

Starting with the in-state guys, the top uncommitted recruits in the state — Christian Jones (LB) and Chase Loftin (TE) will each be on campus. So will all the 2025 commitments such as Tyson Terry.

Some other elite prospects are visiting from around the country such as four-star wide receiver Isaiah Mozee (105th overall) from Missouri, four-star wideout Cortez Mills from Florida, four-star offensive tackle Nick Brooks (6-7, 345) out of Iowa, four-star running back Jamarion Parker from St. Louis, as well as three-star tackle Brock Heath from Kansas will also be in Lincoln.

Those recruits are all part of the 2025 class. In the 2026 class, Nebraska football is hosting five-star offensive tackle Jackson Cantwell, who is ranked second overall according to the On3 industry rankings. The 6-foot-7, 305-pound tackle is out of Missouri. There will be 12 2026 recruits total but the other blue-chip visiting is DeZephen Walker, a four-star running back ranked 33rd overall in the 2026 class out of Missouri.

There will be 10 in-state recruits on campus in total and in terms of the 2025/2026 recruiting class, it’s full speed ahead for Matt Rhule, although they haven’t forgotten about 2024 either.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska