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Big Red Recon: Shifting Numbers and Predictions for the Huskers’ 2023 Recruiting Class

June 10, 2022

We are now into a busy run for Nebraska football recruiting. Camp season is in full swing and the Huskers are busy hosting official visitors each weekend in June. The team kicked things off with a double-digit visit weekend last weekend and are following it up with six official visitors this week. Summer conditioning is also underway as almost everyone on the team that transferred in has reported.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2023 Commits

Dwight Bootle, Defensive Back, Miami, Florida

Benjamin Brahmer, Tight End, Pierce, Nebraska

Jaidyn Doss, Wide Receiver, Peculiar, Missouri

Gunnar Gottula, Offensive Lineman, Lincoln, Nebraska

Brock Knutson, Offensive Lineman, Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Sam Sledge, Offensive Lineman, Omaha, Nebraska

William Watson, Quarterback, Springfield, Massachusetts

2023 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> The Huskers improved their position with many players during the June 3 weekend. One was Georgia edge defender Adonijah Green who is committed to Louisville. He’s intent on taking more official visits to be sure of his Louisville commitment. I asked Green after the visit what it will take for a school to sway him.

“To make me change my mind I just have to feel like that’s the place,” Green said. “If I feel like that’s the place and they show me that’s the best place for me. That’s what it takes.”

I like the Huskers’ chances of pulling a flip here. That’s especially true if the Huskers have a good start to the 2022 season. Green will take visits to Georgia Tech, Louisville and North Carolina. There is also a chance he visits Ole Miss.

>> I did get a chance to catch up briefly with rising Lousiana edge defender Ashley Williams. The defender was in Lincoln for the big June 3 official visit weekend after being in communication with wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. It means a lot to Williams that the Huskers were among his first offers and that’s why he wanted to check the school out. It was the technology in Lincoln that stood out most to him.

“The thing that stood out the most to me was whenever they talked about how they make their players healthy,” WIlliams said. “They check their heart rate and check their body and can tell how much water is in them and how long they go to sleep.”

Williams feels like those types of details can help him become a better player. He and his family enjoyed the trip overall and they will head to Minnesota June 10 weekend. There is a possible trip to Texas this summer and he plans to pick a school midseason.

>> Here’s something to keep an eye out for in the 2023 recruiting class as we continue discussing the numbers in the class. It’s not guaranteed that the Huskers will take a running back in the class. Sources have indicated to me that if a back isn’t in the top group of the board, the team won’t reach. That scholarship could be needed elsewhere (wide receiver, offensive line, defensive end) and the Huskers have young backs that have potential in the program.

>> When Jaidyn Doss talked to Hail Varsity after committing he noted how his relationship with special teams coach Bill Busch. Doss said that Busch is very energetic and consistent in recruiting. I got a tidbit last weekend to back that up. Two of Nebraska top targets, Cayden Green and Dylan Edwards, took visits to Oklahoma the weekend of June 3. Busch made it a point to call them on Sunday when they returned home. He just wanted to keep Nebraska top of mind. That might seem like a small detail but it’s the type of follow-up needed to stay in the fight for top players.

>> Nebraska has three offensive linemen in the class for 2023 after Brock Knutson committed on Monday. The team wants to take at least one more lineman. I feel good about the team’s chances to land a big-time player for Donovan Raiola’s group. Top end players Bo Hughley, Zalance Heard and Cayden Green are considering the program. Amir Herring or JR Sia would also be nice additions to the program. Offensive line recruiting is in a very good spot.

>> The other position the Huskers are in a good spot for currently is wide receiver. After landing Doss last week the Huskers will take at least two more this cycle. The names to know right now are Omarion Miller, Joshua Manning and Malachi Coleman. Georgia native Barry Jackson was in town last weekend for an official but space is tight if the Huskers land those three. The Huskers are high on Jackson’s talent and he’d be another player from Cedar Grove to help build that pipeline.

A wildcard for that position is how Joseph continues to reshape the room. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the number of spots for this cycle get bumped up if there is attrition after the 2022 season.

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