It was a busy weekend on the recruiting trail for Nebraska football and here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know.
Nebraska football hosted five recruits for visits over the weekend. Four of them were 2023 recruits and the other was former three-star offensive tackle Jacob Hood, who played at Georgia last season.
Hood was a 2022 recruit and while he spent last season with the Bulldogs he didn’t play and likely saw the writing on the wall. However, those are exactly the kinds of players Nebraska football should be targeting and Hood, who is expected to announce a commitment on Monday, is trending toward the Huskers.
I’d be surprised if Nebraska didn’t land him. I would also be surprised if Nebraska didn’t land Ismael Smith Flores and Jeremiah Charles. Smith Flores is a tight end and Charles is a wide receiver. Both are from Arlington Martin High School where Bob Wager, the Nebraska tight ends coach, previously was the head coach.
Wager has a strong relationship with both guys who have played just one year of football. Their upside is tremendous and this tweet from Omar Hales makes me feel pretty good about their recruitments from a Nebraska perspective.
Wow! Texas Huskers! @BobWager31
Go Big Red
Anybody got fireworks!!
— Omar Hales (@Omeezi_) January 23, 2023
Sua Lefotu, a defensive lineman from California is also trending to the Huskers and as I said last week, I wouldn’t be shocked at all if four 2023 commitments came out of this weekend eventually.
Matt Rhule visits Carter Nelson
Matt Rhule has done a great job recruiting the state of Nebraska and he made another really smart move on Saturday by traveling to Ainsworth to see top 2024 target Carter Nelson.
Nelson is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound tight end and is ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Nebraska for the 2024 class. His offer sheet is already pretty elite and is only going to grow. That’s why it’s vital that Rhule makes him a priority and taking multiple assistants to watch him play basketball is a positive move.
Ainsworth isn’t an easy place to get to but it’s easiest for the Nebraska football coaching staff and the Huskers need to put in a lot of face time. As important as it is to land Dylan Raiola, I’d put Nelson right there at the top of the board. He’s better than even his ranking now suggests and the Huskers can’t allow him to leave the state.
Sean Callahan of Husker Online also reported that Rhule is expected to visit in-state QB Daniel Kaelin this week.
Kaelin is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the state in the 2024 class. He’s also getting interest from Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa, Penn State, and others. He’s ranked in the top 500 of the 247 sports composite rankings and Nebraska football can’t lose him because it was too busy chasing Raiola.
I want Dylan Raiola — don’t get me wrong. But the Huskers have to be realistic too and I’m glad that Rhule isn’t putting all his eggs in one basket.
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