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Big Red Recon: Huskers Gearing up for Big Summer of Visits

May 06, 2022

We’ve finally hit a bit of a slow period for Nebraska football. It’s always fun for the offseason to fly by so we can get to the games but the news-filled offseason had to slow at some point. That won’t last long since the Nebraska coaching staff has been out on the road and plenty of new offers have gone out. We are also just around the corner from camp season and official visits will start ramping up soon too.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2023 Commits

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

2023 Needs

QB 0 DL 3
RB 0 MLB 1
WR 2 OLB 2
TE 0 DB 2
OL 2 K/P 0

The Recon:

>> There is a connection between Pitt wide receiver Jordan Addison and Mark Whipple. I’ve been asked a few times if the Huskers are going to be involved with the star wideout. Unless something drastic changes, the Huskers won’t be in this race. I like USC and Alabama’s chances with him.

>> There was some confusion with the sanctions put on Nebraska and coach Scott Frost by the NCAA. The “championship segment” time period where Frost has a five-day suspension means during the season. It doesn’t mean during bowl prep. There are a lot of ways Nebraska can structure that to minimize the impact. Whipple should be a big help here he has so much coaching experience.

>> Nebraska quietly went in another direction a couple weeks ago when Texas A&M running back transfer Deondre Jackson announced that he would not be coming to Lincoln. It looks like Jackson has landed on his feet.

This could work out for all parties involved. Jackson found a good spot and the Huskers needed that scholarship to pursue other needs.

>> I’d look for the Huskers to host a pair of transfer visitors next weekend. Alabama transfers Kaine Williams and Stephon Wynn are slated to take officials to Nebraska. Wynn (6-4, 307) is the more obvious need at defensive tackle and could be a good rotational piece for the team. The word from talking with sources is that Wynn has talent but has just had a hard time cracking a tough rotation on the Tide’s defensive line.

The Huskers like Williams’ (6-2, 203) long-term potential. The team has a group of safeties that haven’t separated from the pack yet, so we’ll see if Williams fits the “best player available” mold and the Huskers can’t pass on the former top recruit. The coaching staff continues to be on the hunt for good players to boost the overall depth of the team. Numbers are tight and they’ll need to be careful adding players.

>> There is one other official visit note to pass along. Massachusetts athlete Ronan Hanafin confirmed to Hail Varsity that he has a date to check out the Huskers. The defender (6-3, 205) will take his official to Nebraska June 17-19. He also plans to officially visit Clemson, Notre Dame and Boston College. Oklahoma and Alabama will get trips too but he’s unsure if they will be officials or not. Mike Dawson is the lead recruiter here and Hanafin profiles as a linebacker for the team.

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