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Upped confidence for Nebraska football with in-state recruit, plus more Cornhuskers news

Nebraska football is trending up with an in-state recruit, plus more in our Nebraska Cornhuskers news roundup.



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In-state recruiting target Jackson Carpenter was on campus this past weekend visiting Nebraska football. The 2025 wide receiver/athlete took in the Huskers’ practice on Saturday.

At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Carpenter is a dynamic athlete. He runs the 100-meter dash in sub 10.5 and that makes him a perfect fit for what Nebraska football wants under Matt Rhule — dynamic athletes who are football players.

Carpenter is a three-star prospect, ranked No. 868 according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. Yet, he’s ranked as the seventh-best player in the state of Nebraska. The Huskers were already trending as the favorite, although it’s turned into a Kansas-Nebraska battle on the recruiting trail.

Carpenter told Husker Online that he would be back for the spring game. He’s also going to take an official visit this summer, which was enough to make Sean Callahan increase the confidence of his expert projection. Callahan had predicted Jackson’s commitment to Nebraska football with 60 percent confidence. Now, it’s 80.

In other recruiting news, Mason Garcia, a four-star offensive tackle who recently included the Nebraska Cornhusker in his top six, announced a commitment date for April 14th. Since he was scheduled to visit for the Nebraska football spring game, a commitment before then isn’t a great sign for the Huskers.

Another hoops transfer to visit Nebraska Cornhuskers

Another name to watch for Nebraska basketball fans in the transfer portal is former Minnesota guard Joshua Ola-Joseph. The 6-foot-7 wing played in 29 games for Minnesota last season and started 19. He averaged 7.6 points per game and shot 40 percent from 3-point range.

Ola-Joseph feels like a guy who could start or fill the C.J. Wilcher role off the bench. He’s a solid shooter and the Huskers could use more depth and size on the wing. Fred Hoiberg did an in-home visit already and according to Husker Online, he’ll be visiting the Nebraska Cornhuskers this week.

Nebraska baseball loses to Ohio State, wins series

The Nebraska Cornhuskers won the first two games against Ohio State, including a come-from-behind win on Saturday, but they were unable to pull off another sweep, dropping game three of the series 9-3.

Josh Caron went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double for Nebraska. Case Sanderson also belted a home run for the Huskers. Drew Christo got the loss after allowing four runs on three hits in 2.1 innings of work. Nebraska baseball still leads the Big Ten standings at 5-1. They have a one-game lead over Illinois (7-2) in the loss column.

On the softball field, Penn State took two of three games from Nebraska over the weekend. The Nittany Lions used some clutch home runs to earn a 6-5 win on Sunday, which gave them the 2-1 series win over the Huskers who are 23-15 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten. Northwestern is in first place at 8-1.

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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