What a great time for Nebraska recruiting right now. The Huskers kicked off a busy summer last weekend hosting a handful of important official visitors. The early reviews have been positive for the program and the stage is set for a busy summer of visits. This weekend is the calm before the storm though as the team pauses for the holiday weekend before camp season is back in full force.
Let’s get to the Recon.
Dwight Bootle, Defensive Back, Miami, Florida
Benjamin Brahmer, Tight End, Pierce, Nebraska
Gunnar Gottula, Offensive Lineman, Lincoln, Nebraska
Sam Sledge, Offensive Lineman, Omaha, Nebraska
William Watson, Quarterback, Springfield, Massachusetts
>> The Huskers came through with an offer for Archbishop Bergan outside linebacker Kade McIntyre on Thursday. It was a long time coming as other teams including Minnesota, Iowa and Tennessee put offers on the table to the dynamic athlete. The Huskers have ground to make up here because of an evaluation mishap. The team initially evaluated him as a wide receiver and didn’t have him high on the board. Outside linebacker is where every school sees his biggest potential and once the Huskers evaluated him there he became an offer player. Now the team will battle to get him on campus soon as he locks in visits.
>> I had a chance to catch up with McIntyre’s coach at Archbishop Bergan on Thursday after McIntyre was offered by the Huskers. I’ll have more from our wide-ranging conversation in the coming days. There was something that stood out to me about where Nebraska currently is with recruiting and his relationship with the program.
“I understand Nebraska’s situation,” he said. “First and foremost, I know that they’ve spent a lot of time with the transfer portal to make sure they get what they need to get right before the season starts. Their needs and wants are a little bit different than maybe somebody else around the Midwest. The relationship is not bad. They reach out to me every once in a while.”
It’ll be worth monitoring moving forward if the Huskers’ pursuits of portal players creates a perception they don’t care about high school recruiting as much. I don’t think that’s the case but sometimes perception is reality in the world of recruiting.
>> The Huskers have been jumping out with early offers in some key areas of the country during the evaluation period. One of those places is Louisiana where wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph heads up the efforts. This week the team was the first offer for 2023 athlete Jaydun Colbert who was excited to be offered.
— Jaydun Colbert (@ColbertJaydun) May 23, 2022
“When I first got the offer I was really excited, thankful, and motivated, due to a big school like Nebraska being my very first offer,” Colbert said. “It made me want to work harder.”
It was Joseph that came through with the offer and the team sees him as a cornerback and kick returner. Colbert (5-11, 175) doesn’t have a visit set to Nebraska yet but would love to come check out the campus.
“I’m mainly looking for an environment that would make me feel like I’m home, a place where I can make strong bonds with the people around me and get a good education,” Colbert said.
The Huskers have some big recruits from Louisiana on the radar but there will be more diamonds in the rough like Colbert to emerge too.
>> One of those big recruits is LSU wide receiver commit Omarion Miller. The Louisiana native told Hail Varsity that he has an official visit set to Nebraska June 3-5. Miller (6-2, 190) has been committed to LSU since August of 2021 so when he committed Joseph was going to be his future position coach. He’s a talented recruit that the Huskers now have a shot with because of Joseph. The Huskers are working hard to flip him and have a real shot.
>> June 3 weekend is going to be loaded with double-digit official visitors but June 10 is starting to take shape too. Hail Varsity can confirm that 4-star offensive lineman Zalence Heard (6-6, 300) out of Louisiana will take an official that weekend. The Huskers will have a number of priority offensive linemen come though campus in the coming weeks.
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.