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Big Red Recon: Shifting Numbers in 2023 Class Underway for Huskers

June 24, 2022

We have made it to the end of the recruiting period for the summer. It went by in the blink of an eye but this is the final weekend that Nebraska will host official visits before recruiting quiets down. Activity will quiet down some over the next couple weeks while the Huskers wait on some decisions coming from prospects next month. Then our attention will turn to the upcoming 2022 football season. There is plenty to dive into before that happens.

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

Hayden Moore, Inside Linebacker, Aurora, Colorado

Sam Sledge, Offensive Lineman, Omaha, Nebraska

Riley Van Poppel, Defensive Lineman, Argyle, Texas

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 are hosting one official visitor this weekend. That might raise some eyebrows but there should be no panic there. There was shuffling of visits by some prospects who are likely committing to other schools soon but Nebraska is still in good position with several targets who visited this month. There will also be new names that emerge after senior film gets out there for potential fall visitors.

Another looming factor for Nebraska’s 2023 recruiting class is that spots are fluid right now. Several coaches are jockeying for position to continue adding to their rooms. That’s going to make things interesting this cycle because the team can’t take everyone.

>> There has to be a position group that Nebraska doesn’t take a player this cycle based on the numbers crunch. I’m still told running back is the most likely spot. Kansas native Dylan Edwards committed to Kansas State this week and DJay Braswell is the other top target on the board for the Huskers. Braswell is a player that the Huskers would take right now and they view him as a great prospect. He’s down to Nebraska and South Carolina. Braswell told Hail Varsity that he will announce his commitment on July 2. The biggest factor the Huskers have to overcome is distance from home. If the Huskers can’t land Braswell I could see running backs coach Bryan Applewhite continuing to evaluate the players in the program and skipping taking a 2023 player.

>> There is considerable buzz around the program right now about a group of wideouts emerging. Wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph inherited some talented but inconsistent receivers this offseason. He also went hard into the transfer portal to add players and is also plans to load up the 2023 class with top wideouts. The buzz right now is that the top three wide receivers will be Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda, Trey Palmer and Marcus Washington. Brody Belt, Omar Manning and Alante Brown would be in that next group. Joseph wants to find a strong six or so receivers and the feeling right now is we could see a lot of the new faces in 2022.

>> There is one position for the 2023 recruiting class that I’m watching to see if the number bumps up. The plan is for the Huskers to take at least one more inside linebacker in this class. The team is very high on recent commit Hayden Moore and would love to pair him with either Dylan Rogers or Phil Picciotti. Rogers is much more likely of the two but would the Huskers have room for both? The answer today is yes they’d take both and work out the numbers later. The inside linebacker room is getting full but like wide receiver the room has the potential for attrition within a year.

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