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Big Red Recon: Huskers Looking to Keep Momentum From Wild Month

June 25, 2021

What a weekend it was for the Huskers on the recruiting trail. Father’s Day was eventful for the program as it picked up a pair of commitments for the 2022 recruiting class. Colorado wide receiver Grant Page and Lincoln Southeast outside linebacker Jake Appleget joined the class. The Huskers tried to keep the momentum rolling with an early week official visitor. There is a lot to unpack from a busy week.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2022 Commits

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

Richard Torres, Quarterback, San Antonio, Texas

2022 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> The Huskers picking up a pair of commitments gets them closer to where the team hoped to be coming out of the month. Receiver Grant Page and outside linebacker Jake Appleget are both quality gets for Nebraska.

There are still a handful of targets who could be making college choices over the next week or two. If the Huskers are heading into fall camp with 10 commitments they are in a good spot.

>> One thing that is interesting about the recruitment of Page is that his high school coach Tom McCartney also coached Kenny Bell and Philip Bland who came to Nebraska. McCartney counts himself as a student of the game so he knows the history of Nebraska. When Page came back to Boulder exclaiming about that history, he knew the Huskers were in a good spot.

“When Grant comes back from his trips and Nebraska I heard him bragging on their tradition,” McCartney said. “He talked about their culture, their stadium and filling it in their community and their love and their support for athletics. Then I know it’s, ‘OK, they’ve wowed him.’”

>> One of the most interesting position groups for Nebraska recruiting right now is offensive line. The Huskers will likely take two offensive linemen this cycle. Early week official visitor Jake Maikkula and Indiana native Ashton Craig could be the top two choices. Maikkula has been on numerous visits in hope of making an early July choice.

The Husker have new competition for Craig as Norte Dame offered him recently. He will also take an official visit to South Bend this weekend. That’s something to keep an eye on.

>> There is a long time before he signs a letter of intent as a 2024 prospect but Dylan Raiola’s recruitment is going to be fun to watch. He is picking up offers all over the country. I believe that Nebraska will be in this race until the end. The only thing that could derail that is if the program trajectory doesn’t improve. Raiola is going to have a lot of options, so the Huskers becoming competitive on the field would go a long way.

>> It’s going to be tough for Nebraska to make room for each rising prospect in the region or state. One good example is North Platte defender Vince Genatone. Other schools are taking notice. Genatone is visiting Kansas State this weekend. The Wildcats also snagged a commitment from Lewis Central tight end Brayden Loftin. The Iowan worked out for Nebraska but the Huskers are full at tight end this cycle.

>> The Huskers will host just one official visitor this weekend. Michigan 4-star athlete Jaden Mangham will be in town. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete is being recruited primarily as a wide receiver for the Huskers. Mangham has gotten to know defensive backs coach Travis Fisher, too. He’s looking forward to checking out Lincoln.

“I’m looking forward to meeting Coach Lubick and the coaching staff in person,” Mangham said. “I am also looking forward to seeing Lincoln, Nebraska. I’m really super excited to see how crazy the Nebraska fans are going to be.”

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