Here’s a breakdown of the top five targets that were on campus for Nebraska football during the spring game.
The Nebraska football spring game is a wrap. We obviously learned a lot about the Huskers but we should also remember that there is still a long way to go before the 2023 season.
Beyond what we learned on the field about Nebraska football Saturday, it was a big weekend on the recruiting trail as 24 recruits made their way to Lincoln. There were in-state prospects and even a couple of guys ranked in the top 100 overall according to the On3 Industry rankings.
Of course, Nebraska football landed the commitment of Willis McGahee IV on Saturday prior to the spring game, which was huge. He’s going to be an ideal fit for Tony White’s defense.
Did the Huskers make headway with other top targets this weekend? We look at the top five visitors over the weekend and where things stand in their recruitment.
Nebraska football didn’t get Dylan Raiola on campus this weekend, but Carter Nelson is the next best thing in the 2024 recruiting class. The top-ranked player in the state of Nebraska in 2024 was all smiles. He’s an extremely talented tight end and it was good to see him in Lincoln after a tour of SEC schools.
Nebraska spring game ✅✅ pic.twitter.com/HeRwMrxvZl
— Carter Nelson (@Carter83854638) April 23, 2023
It’s hard to gauge who is a real threat for Nelson. Nebraska football is viewed as the favorite via the On3 prediction machine but I don’t trust it. Hopefully, this visit will clear things up. The next thing up is an official visit and I’ll be interested to see where else he visits because those programs are likely true contenders.
People keep talking about the SEC. Yet, don’t forget about Notre Dame.
The No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2024 class seemed to enjoy his second visit to the Nebraska football program. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder told Bryan Munson of Husker Online that the Huskers could get an official visit.
Oregon, USC, Texas, Michigan, Ohio State, and many other programs are in the mix. I’ve been tepid about my enthusiasm with Baker, however, Nebraska has really impressed him.
The Huskers are a real player in this recruitment, just like they are/were with Dylan Raiola. Yet, it doesn’t mean they will win out. It does mean, however, that the Huskers have a chance.
Baker had a teammate from Mater Dei on the visit and that was top-100 defensive lineman Aydin Breland. He’s listed at 6-foot-4, 320 pounds, and has a ton of interest as you’d expect ranked 35th overall according to the On3 Industry rankings for the 2024 class.
Breland was sort of a surprise visitor but Nebraska football accomplished what it needed to because he was talking to Husker Online about making a return trip, which is a positive step in the right direction.
Another surprise visitor for Nebraska football this weekend is four-star EDGE Brian Robinson. He’s out of Fitch, Ohio, and is ranked 152nd overall in the On3 industry rankings, as well as 11th at his position.
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithRivals) April 22, 2023
Even though he’s out of Ohio, the Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t offered and Michigan has been projected as the favorite for the four-star pass rusher. However, Michigan has been trending with some other pass rushers and is making a strong push for Jacob Smith too.
I’m not sure if things are cooling with Robinson and Michigan, but Kentucky is gaining momentum and that’s why this visit could be huge. If the Huskers can get him back on campus for an official visit, they could get a chance to jump into Ohio with a big recruiting victory, something Nebraska hasn’t really done since the days of Bo Pelini.
For the second time this month, Nebraska football got in-state, three-star offensive lineman Caleb Pyfrom on campus. He’s ranked sixth in the state of Nebraska according to the On3 industry rankings. Pyfrom is also 756th overall and 52nd among tackles.
The 6-foot-4 1/2, 310-pounder out of Omaha Central is a top target for the Huskers and another in-state recruit they can’t let slip away. Iowa has been in the mix and hosted him for a visit in March.
Yet, Nebraska has had him on visits twice in the month of April, so things are trending in the right direction it seems and this will be another good shot at landing an in-state commitment.
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