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Top target trending to Nebraska football sets decision date



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Nebraska football seems poised to lock down one of its top remaining targets in Preston Taumua who is trending with projections and has set a decision date.

In less than 10 days, Nebraska football fans will know for sure if the Huskers have won the commitment of four-star offensive lineman Preston Taumua.

Taumua is the top-ranked recruit in the state of Hawaii in the 2024 class. He’s also a 6-foot-4, 315-pound, four-star offensive lineman that’s been trending with expert projections to Nebraska football.

Now, Taumua has locked in a decision date of July 16th, which is really good news for the Huskers.

The positive trend started on Thursday as one of the top West Coast recruiting experts for 247 Sports, Blair Angulo, put in a crystal ball projection for Nebraska to land Taumua, who is ranked 234th overall, as well as 16th among interior offensive linemen in the 2024 class via the 247 Sports composite rankings.

There is still just one crystal ball. But three recruiting experts from have projected the talented big man to commit to the Huskers, including Sean Callahan and Bryan Munson of Husker Online.

Has Nebraska sealed the deal?

An Oregon insider, Justin Hopkins, projected Taumua to Oregon on June 23rd. Hopkins knows his stuff, so that tells me the Ducks nearly had this thing before Donovan Raiola, Matt Rhule, and the Huskers turned it around.

The commitment date is still nine days away which is a long time in recruiting. However, I wouldn’t be shocked if there was some sort of silent commitment. At the very least, there is a lot of confidence on the Nebraska side of things, but also two separate West Coast experts from two sites have made the same projection.

In terms of the 2024 class, it would be huge. The Huskers have five blue-chip commitments so far, but none are on the offensive line and this would be the kind of big recruiting win people have been waiting for Raiola to get.

When I watched Taumua, I see a guy with the movement skills of a tackle. Or he could be a dominant guard but either way, he would be the second-highest-rated pledge in the 2024 class for Nebraska football.

And if the Huskers were able to land him and Grant Brix, as they are favored to right now, it would be quite the haul for Matt Rhule.

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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