Camp season is winding down in Nebraska. The Huskers hosted their second Friday Night Lights camp on Friday. The yearly tradition is back after a break in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were several young prospects on hand working out for the coaches. The Huskers also hosted four official visitors starting Friday afternoon. The team also saw the return of the pipeline camp
Here are my five thoughts on the weekend.
Dylan Raiola steals show
There are times where you hear about how good a prospect is and it’s impossible for him to live up to the hype. I thought that might be the case with the son of Husker legend Dominic Raiola. It was not. Dylan consistently showed off his big arm and accuracy all evening long. He is very advanced for a 2024 prospect. The Huskers quickly offered him after the camp joining Georgia, TCU and others.
OHANA means FAMILY @HuskerFBNation This one is special @coach_frost @Matt_Davison @Coach_Verdu @CoachTuioti92 It’s a blessing to receive an offer to the University of Nebraska! #THEGOODLIFE #wayfinder @AYGATT_recruits @Husker247BC @Sean_Callahan @MikeRoach247 pic.twitter.com/rbJ2jZXeBf
— Dylan Raiola (@RaiolaDylan) June 19, 2021
Official visit observations
The Huskers are hosting another solid group of four official visitors this weekend. It’s always interesting to see them on the field at the camp. What really caught my attention this time around were the players hosts. There have been a lot of young Huskers hosting visit weekend. Myles Farmer, Garrett Snodgrass and Randolph Kpai appeared to be hosting visitors. They joined Casey Rogers, Turner Corcoran, Bryce Benhart and others from previous weeks.
Brahmer quietly shines
Perhaps it’s because he is in the 2023 class, but Pierce tight end Ben Brahmer tends to fly under the radar. That should be hard to do standing at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds. Brahmer worked out again at Friday Night Lights, taking advantage of the opportunity to be coached by tight ends coach Sean Beckton. He performed well again, showing off his pass catching abilities that made him a coveted target.
Sledge working on defensive line
One of the more intriguing prospects in Nebraska for the 2023 class is Creighton Prep lineman Sam Sledge. Standing at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds he doesn’t have a Power Five offer yet but does have an offer from Miami (Ohio). He’s been on a whirlwind camp tour at Iowa, Notre Dame, Northwestern and now Nebraska’s big man camp. He might be the state’s best offensive lineman. But he was working only with the defensive linemen during the camp on Saturday.
Strong quarterback group Friday night
Raiola will get most of the headlines from Friday night. But there were other good quarterbacks in attendance Friday night. Lincoln East’s Noah Walters impressed with his accuracy during the camp. Kansas City 2023 signal-caller Parker Leise showed good polish. He has been to several camps all month. Illinois 2023 quarterback Tommy Mooncotch also had some nice throws during the camp.
Had a great work out and tour @HuskerFBNation 🌽 was a lot of fun. (Highlights below ⬇️)@PrepRedzoneIL @NxtLevelAtx @SFHSFBWheaton @Jamaskane @JGermano4 @SeanDillonNU @coach_frost @GregSmithHV @CoachGriff_IFF pic.twitter.com/IZ64WtHOLO
— Tommy Mooncotch II (@TommyMooncotch) June 19, 2021
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.