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What Caleb Benning visit means for Nebraska Football and more Cornhuskers news



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Nebraska football will host Caleb Benning for an unofficial visit this week, which is good news for the Cornhuskers.

If there was any question about whether or not Caleb Benning would visit Nebraska football this weekend, on an unofficial visit, there isn’t anymore after a new report by 247 Sports.

Mike Schaefer of Huskers 247 has confirmed the visit. Benning will take an unofficial visit this weekend after the dead period ends prior to the start of fall camp on Monday.

Nebraska football won’t have a super busy recruiting weekend. Devoux Tuataga is the only other 2024 recruit set to be on campus, but Tuataga and Benning are both key targets.

Tuataga is one of the top EDGE players on the board for the Cornhuskers. They don’t have a pure pass rusher committed yet in the 2024 class and the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder out of Utah would be a great fit.

In terms of Benning, Nebraska football doesn’t necessarily need more defensive backs. With some of the DB commitments potentially moving to linebacker, adding Benning to the class makes sense, not to mention the fact that he’s one of the top recruits in the state.

Benning is ranked sixth in the state in 2024 via the 247 Sports composite rankings. He’s also ranked 776th overall, so he’s a legitimate take and his dad was a Husker great.

The point is — don’t overthink it. Nebraska football is expected to host Benning for an official visit at some point via the Huskers 247 article and if that happens, there’s a good chance he winds up in the 2024 class, which is where he belongs.

Big Ten Media days for Nebraska football

The Big Ten will hold its Media Days this week in Indianapolis starting on Wednesday. Nebraska football fans can tune in on Thursday to the Big Ten Network to watch head coach Matt Rhule meet with the Big Ten media for the first time. That will take place at 12 PM EST.

Rhule and the three players that will be going along — Ethan Piper, Jeff Sims, and Luke Reimer — will have their own breakout sessions with the media which will last longer and usually provide more information.

I’m wondering if Rhule will reveal the status of Arik Gilbert — if anything has even changed. Plus there could be some roster news as the Huskers haven’t fully updated the roster from the spring.

Following some recruiting this weekend, the Huskers will open fall camp next Monday.

Matar Diop commits to Nebraska basketball

I broke down this commitment on Sunday night with three thoughts, but quickly Matar Diop is a 6-foot-9 power forward that will be added to the 2023-24 Nebraska basketball roster.

Diop probably isn’t going to play a ton this season. He seems like a redshirt to me, but I like this move long-term for Fred Hoiberg.  Diop is raw and athletic, yet this will be a great chance for Hoiberg to show what he can do with that type of player.

Diop won’t join the Huskers on their trip to Spain, but he is eligible for the 2023-24 season.

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Nebraska Football flips local TE Eric Ingwerson after long pursuit



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Nebraska football landed a commitment from 2024 tight end Eric Ingwerson on Wednesday, according to multiple media reports.

Ingwerson is the 128th overall athlete in the 2024 class, and the ninth overall player in the class from the state of Nebraska per the 247Sports composite rankings. He has a numerical rating of 86 overall.

This is a solid commitment for several reasons. For one, Nebraska football has been interested in him for quite a while. He received an offer from the program on April 11, and had him and for an official visit on June 16.

Ingwerson joins a tight end room that is already in good hands for 2024. Carter Nelson headlines the room, with Ian Flynt also part of the room as well.

It is also worth noting that Ingwerson played on the defensive side of football as a defensive lineman for Papillion-LaVista. He could definitely play the position for Nebraska, as he measures in at six-foot-seven, 235 pounds. There is the chance that he could play a different position other than tight end. However, his size makes him an intriguing option at the position itself.

There can also be the possibility that Nebraska football could be looking at him as an offensive lineman. The size is there. This staff knows how to develop offensive lineman. Ingwerson could fit well in the positional group.

Currently, the 2024 Nebraska football recruiting class ranks 23rd overall in the country per the 247Sports rankings. This class has a solid high school group, and Ingwerson certainly adds to that. The 2024 class has the potential to be a cornerstone class of Matt Rhule’s tenure.

Ingwerson will be an asset to Nebraska football, no matter what position he plays. Furthermore, this is a great flip by the program. Once again, they have shown the ability to identify a prospect they want, and pursue him until they land him. The staff has done a good job of being able to flip recruits. Ingwerson is certainly a part of that distinction.

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Nebraska Football trending towards landing another in-state TE



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Nebraska football could be in line for one of their top targets. Tight end Eric Ingwerson is expected to make a visit to Lincoln this weekend, according to a report from 247Sports Steve Wilfong.

Ingwerson is a guy that Nebraska has been after for quite a while. The tight end has been committed to Pittsburgh since March, but Nebraska offered him in April. Since then, they have been pushing to land him. Tight ends coach Josh Martin is currently the coach involved in his recruitment.

Predictions have been made for Ingwerson to end up a member of the Nebraska football program. Notre Dame insider Tom Loy logged in a crystal ball for the tight end with a medium confidence score of six on Wednesday morning. Wilfong did the same thing, with the same confidence score as well.

What could he bring to Nebraska football?

Ingwerson has a tremendous catch radius, and uses it to haul in passes with ease. He has the ability to get into open space, and run after the catch. His ability to catch high throws in particular makes him a threat in the red zone. He is a quarterback’s best friend, and a player that would be a drive starter. He’s the type of player you can deliver safe, easy throws to in order to get the offense going.

Ingwerson would be an immediate red zone threat for Nebraska, as they look to continue to bring in talent to the tight end room. We have seen the emergence of Thomas Fidone this year. This offense has done a good job of involving the position in its scheme, especially in the red zone. Fidone for example already has three receiving touchdowns on the year.

It will be interesting to see what happens this weekend. From the sounds of it, it could be possible that we see a commitment. This would be a nice get for a 2024 Nebraska football recruiting class that already has a ton of talent. Here’s to hoping the coaching staff can seal the deal.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: QB updates for Michigan, plus a Christian Jones update



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Our Nebraska Cornhuskers news roundup features the latest on Nebraska football quarterbacks, plus an update on top target Christian Jones.

Nebraska football was back on the practice field on Tuesday, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ two coordinators — Tony White and Marcus Satterfield met with the media.

The coaches always give out some good nuggets but the most important topic addressed on Tuesday were the quarterbacks — Jeff Sims and Heinrich Haarberg.

Haarberg started the last two games for Nebraska football and led the Huskers to a pair of non-conference wins over Louisana Tech and Northern Illinois. The running game was the strength for Haarberg although he tossed three touchdown passes over the two games. He has four on the season as well as three rushing touchdowns.

But Haarberg left the Louisiana Tech game due to injury and didn’t return after the weather delay. Matt Rhule said he could have returned but got tight. On Tuesday, Satterfield said that Haarberg was a full-go at practice for the Nebraksa Cornhuskers ahead of the Michigan game.

Jeff Sims is also “splitting reps” according to the Nebraska OC, but Sims still isn’t “100 percent” which probably isn’t a great sign for his availability on Saturday.

Latest on in-state recruiting target Christian Jones

Over the last two recruiting cycles, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have had an elite recruiting target in the state and in the 2025 class that’s linebacker Christian Jones.

Out of Omaha Westside, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker is ranked 106th overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. He also has some crystal balls in favor of Nebraska football already.

But just like the recruitments of Carter Nelson and Malachi Colman, this is going national. According to Bryan Munson of Husker Online, Jones visited Notre Dame last weekend for the Ohio State game.

Jones was also offered by Penn State. Notre Dame feels like the biggest threat by far though and here’s what Tom Loy of Irish Illustrated wrote about the in-state target’s visit to South Bend:

“He loved the atmosphere and environment of a Notre Dame home game and called it the “best college visit” he’s ever been a part of. Between the visit, the effort from the staff, and the push from his friend and teammate Teddy Rezac, a 2024 Notre Dame commit, I like the Irish as a major contender in this one.”

I agree that Notre Dame is the team to worry about but with the way the Huskers have been playing defense and having success recruiting the state, I’d still say Nebraska is the team to beat.

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