The Huskers have returned from spring break and are back to the grind of spring football. There are a number of moving pieces this spring and things that need to come together for the team. The Huskers are missing quite a few players this spring that the team hope to have back for fall camp. That’s going to make things difficult to assess in a critical spring for coach Scott Frost to get the program turned around. There is plenty happening in and around the program right now.
Lets 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
>> Omaha Westside 2024 defensive back Caleb Benning has a unique point of view on the recruiting process. His father, Damon Benning, played running back for the Huskers. His father is also one of his coaches who has seen many players go through the recruiting process. Damon’s advice to Caleb has been invaluable. This isn’t the duo’s first time going through this process.
“Picking my high school is kind of similar,” Caleb said. “He already was coaching at Omaha North. Obviously, he’s around Nebraska a lot. I did not end up picking Omaha North. He really just told me to choose what you want to do. He didn’t really point out anything for each school. He just pushed me to do what I want to do. I thought about Bellevue West Westside and North. He was never like, ‘Yeah, I’m kind of leaning toward the North.’ It was all my decision so with college he says he will support me if I go to Iowa, Ohio State, Nebraska or whatever, I will have his 100% support.”
My sense is the Huskers will remain a factor in Caleb’s recruitment until the end. He’s looking for a school that he builds the best relationships with and taking his time to evaluate his options.
>> Here’s what I know at this point about the Zavier Betts situation. Betts hasn’t been with the team since Sunday. He informed Huskers coaches that he wanted to leave the team. There is a meeting scheduled for Friday between Betts and Frost. The door is technically still open for the wideout to return but there will need to be progress on both sides to make that happen. A range of options are on the table for Betts including being done with football. Taking a few days to cool off could have been the best thing for everyone involved.
>> Class of 2025 linebacker Christian Jones is on the move. He confirmed to Hail Varsity that he is transferring to Omaha Westside. Former Omaha Burke coach Paul Limongi is the new coach at Westside which played a large role in the decision.
“What led me to make that decision was how much I like the way Coach Limongi coaches,” Jones said. “I believe in him a lot and he believes in me. So me and my family decided it would be best for me to follow Coach Limongi over to Westside.”
Adding the best underclassman in the state will be a nice boost for Westside in 2022 and beyond. Jones also plans to attend Nebraska’s spring game on April 9.
>> Nebraska joined the growing list of schools to offer Louisiana EDGE Ashley Williams Jr. The defender has gained 10 offers in March alone. He recorded 89 tackles, 14 sacks and 22 tackles for a loss as a junior. He was excited to get the offer telling Hail Varsity that he’d love the opportunity to play in the Big Ten. Williams also said that he’s visiting Lincoln the first weekend in June for an unofficial visit.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the football facilities, the campus and the surrounding community as well,” Williams said.
Keep an eye on this emerging pass rusher from the Bayou.
>> This weekend the Huskers will have more visitors in town to check out practice. Lincoln East 4-star athlete Malachi Coleman will be back on campus to take in practice. It’s always important for the Huskers to get their No. 1 target in the building to continue growing that relationship. It’s especially important as his stock continues to rise including an offer from Georgia.
Nebraska will also host 2023 Kansas wide receiver Andre Davis (6-4, 200) and 2023 Wisconsin offensive lineman Brandt Rice.
>> The Huskers were safely in the top five for Missouri 4-star offensive lineman Cayden Green. He’s one of the best linemen in the region for the 2023 class and Nebraska will get an official visit from him. One thing that Green mentioned to me in our interview was that he feels he’s got a lot to improve.
“Just my overall quickness and of course my conditioning,” Green said. “We’re going to be playing a lot of football this season. Being able to get my head out of my sets when I’m striking. Working on single hand strikes. Keeping my elbows tight to my body in the run blocks. There is a lot of room for improvement before I get to college.”
Miami, Oklahoma, Missouri and Michigan are the other schools that round out his top group. One more thing that Green mentioned was he wasn’t sure if the Huskers recruited his school in the last four or five years. That surprising since Lee’s Summit is three hours away and produces talent on a regular basis.
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.