We’ve reached an interesting week for Nebraska football. There isn’t much more to be said about what happened in East Lansing last weekend. That game will haunt Husker fans, coaches and players for years. The Huskers now have the opportunity to bounce back against a Northwestern team that isn’t as talented as usual. Yet, we know they’ll be ready to play in Lincoln under the lights.
There is also a lot happening in the program with a busy recruiting weekend on deck.
Let’s get to the Recon.
Chase Androff, Tight End, Lakeville, Minnesota
Jake Appleget, Outside Linebacker, Lincoln, Nebraska
Ernest Hausmann, Outside Linebacker, Columbus, Nebraska
Ashton Hayes, Running Back, Reno, Nevada
Victor Jones Jr., Wide Receiver, Orlando, Florida
Grant Page, Wide Receiver, Boulder, Colorado
Hayden Schwartz, Defensive End, Jacksonville, Florida
Richard Torres, Quarterback, San Antonio, Texas
>> There will be a strong Iowa contingent of prospects making their way to Lincoln this weekend for unofficial visits. Defensive end Andrew Depaepe, athlete Alex Mota, defensive lineman David Borchers and defensive back Watts McBride are all 2023 players that the Huskers like a lot early in the process. The Huskers have recruited Iowa hard under this coaching staff with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander leading the charge.
>> There has been a change of plans with a priority quarterback visiting Nebraska. Reese Mooney, Nebraska’s top 2023 target at the position, will be visiting for the Michigan game. He was slated to visit for the Northwestern game but he pushed that back after suffering a broken ankle. Mooney did have surgery and should be recovered enough to be on the sidelines next weekend.
>> There is more injury news to report for Husker commits. Colorado wide receiver Grant Page tore his ACL last weekend during his game. Page was having a strong start to his season. He had 39 receptions for 473 yards and two touchdowns. He hopes to be cleared for action when in arrives at Nebraska in June.
>> The talk of the week has been which offensive line shakeups are coming. The latest I’ve heard is that Teddy Prochazka and Nouredin Nouili will move into the starting lineup this week. The big question is if Prochazka is ready to hold down the left tackle position in the Big Ten as a true freshman. He’s going to get his shot after being farther along in his development than expected. I’d expect Turner Corcoran to slide out to right tackle. You could see numerous combinations this week on the line if things don’t go well.
>> The Huskers are hosting their most exciting visit weekend of the season so far for the Northwestern game. It just looks different than most big weekends. Usually these big weekends feature between five and 10 official visitors and a slew of underclassmen. This time around the big visit weekend features one 2022 official visitor and many underclassmen that the Huskers would love to have in the program. We’ll look back on this weekend as having a lot of talent in town to see the Huskers.
>> Tight ends coach Sean Beckton mentioned this week that Will Nixon is someone who is getting looks at punt returner. Even though Nixon didn’t travel to Michigan State, Beckton said that he might have gotten in the game had he been there. The Huskers could use a spark at the position as they hope to get Oliver Martin back this week.
>> Every year there is a discussion around which Nebraska commits could see a ratings bump. Keep an eye out for running back commit Ashton Hayes. The Nevada running back has 934 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. That’s through five games with 112 carries. Hayes is having a monster year out in Reno.
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.