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Big Red Recon: Pieces Sliding Into Place For Huskers on Trail and Field

March 11, 2022

We are cruising right along through spring football for Nebraska. The team is settling in and will get its first big test on Friday with the first padded scrimmage of the spring. This scrimmage will be very important as players get their first chance to fully show what they can do. There is so much competition for spots right now that a strong first showing can boost you heading into spring break. There is also a lot happening with recruiting right now.

Let’s get into 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:

>> This recruiting cycle the Huskers have a need to bring in young linemen on both sides of the ball. A player to watch is Iowa defensive lineman David Borchers. He (6-3, 270) could play inside or outside in Nebraska’s new look defensive front. Borchers visited for Junior Day and came away impressed. He loved the atmosphere during practice at Nebraska. Borchers confirmed to Hail Varsity that he has locked in an official visit for the spring game.

>> The Huskers had a very successful Junior Day last weekend but not everyone made it to town.

Kansas City 2024 wide receiver Jayshawn Ross had something come up with his coach and they couldn’t make it. Ross says that he will reschedule because he wants to see the facility and get to know the coaches better.

East St. Louis 2023 offensive lineman Brandon Henderson (6-6, 300) also didn’t make it. He’s also hoping to find another time to get to Lincoln. Husker commit Dwight Bootle didn’t make the trip. He plans on coming to Lincoln for the spring game.

>> Speaking of the spring game the Huskers have a huge visitor confirmed. Class of 2024 quarterback Dylan Raiola will be back in Lincoln. Raiola is busy with visits this spring. He’s visiting Oregon, Ohio State, and USC. Texas and Georgia are also still factors. The competition is very tough but Nebraska is still in the mix. The family connection for Raiola at Nebraska is a big factor. So is winning and the Huskers need to do it this season to stay in the race.

>> There has been lots of talk about the rise of Marques Buford this spring. That is earned and he is turning a lot of heads this spring. There is another defensive back that I’m hearing good things about consistently. Arizona State transfer Tommi Hill is having a good spring so far. He’s been working at cornerback and playing well. How defensive backs coach Travis Fisher configures his starting group this fall will be fun to watch.

On offense, keep an eye on Anthony Grant. He’s got more speed and elusiveness than the coaching staff knew when they signed him. That running back room is crowded but Grant is showing he belongs. There is starting to be some separation in the room. I don’t see Markese Stepp playing a role at this point.

>> Nebraska is looking at a limited number of spots for the 2023 recruiting class. The number of high school prospects expected in the class is 15 now. Wide receiver will be interesting to track for this class. Mickey Joseph has the Huskers in good position with Joshua Manning, Jaidyn Doss and Malachi Coleman. If Nebraska can land those three it would be a great haul. Three wideouts might seem high for this class with so many on the roster already. Attrition is likely going to hit that room after spring.

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