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QB board shakeup in 2025 for Nebraska football, plus more Cornhuskers news



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The top QB target for Nebraska football in 2025 is off the board, plus a new offer at the position and more Cornhuskers news.

Before we dive into some Nebraska football recruiting news, what a night it was for the Nebraska Cornhuskers men’s baskeball team.

The Huskers rallied from 19 points down to upset sixth-ranked Wisconsin and improve to 16-6 on the season, as well as 6-5 in the Big Ten. It was also the third quadrant-1 win this season for Nebraska basketball. Those are Michigan State, Purdue, and Wisconsin at home.

Kansas State is ranked 82nd in the NET rankings right now. If the Wildcats move into the top 75, that would be another quadrant-1 victory, but the Huskers do have three quad-2 wins. They are 6-6 in games against quad-1 or quad-2 teams. They also moved up to 55th in the NET rankings after the win over Wisconsin, which should definitely improve the NCAA tournament resume.

Also, it’s time to start the C.J. Wilcher for Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year Award campaign in earnest. He was legendary last night with 22 points in 28 minutes. He was 5-for-7 from 3-point range and there’s no doubt that the Huskers comeback doesn’t happen without him.

QB target off the board for Nebraska football

We have talked about the Huskers losing their footing with Alex Manske, the top QB target on the board for the 2025 class, and on Thursday, Manske made a commitment to Iowa State with a verbal pledge. Things were trending in that direction, but after he didn’t visit in January, the writing was on the wall.

Nebraska football invested a lot of time in Manske, but after Dylan Raiola signed, it totally changed the recruitment. Now, the Huskers have moved on to other targets, which includes three-star quarterback Dillon Duff out of St. Louis, who was offered earlier this week.

Nebraska and new QB coach Glenn Thomas offered another 2025 quarterback on Thursday in Madden Iamaleava. Madden is the younger brother of Tennessee five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava. Like his brother, he’s extremely talented (6-3, 185) and is ranked No. 217 overall in the 2025 class according to the 247 Sports composite rankings.

Iamaleava has 14 Power-5 offers. Nebraska is the latest to join the mix but Tennessee, Colorado, TCU, Auburn, Cal, Ole Miss, Miami, Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State are some of the others.

Extending an offer is one thing, but getting the kid on campus is the next step. Iamaleava and Duff seem to be the next group of targets for the Huskers at QB in 2025 and it will be interesting to see if either visits in March.

Ethan Piper won’t play for Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2024

When the Nebraska football roster was updated earlier this week, the name of Ethan Piper, a former starting guard, wasn’t on there.

That’s because Piper won’t play this season according to Steve Sipple of Husker Online. The season-ending injury was a gruesome one for Piper and he told Husker Online he physically would be unable to play this season.

That leaves a starting guard spot open and now the addition of Micah Mazzccua makes a lot more sense. 

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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