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Coaches Hit Recruiting Trail Hard, Extend Over a Dozen Scholarships

October 22, 2022

Going into the first bye week of the season, newly announced interim head coach Mickey Joseph said the coaching staff would “recruit like we’re going to be here.” They’d build future recruiting classes whether or not staff members would be there in January.

A month later, during the second bye week of the season, Nebraska coaches attacked the recruiting trail with the hunter’s mentality Joseph’s trying to instill. The Nebraska coaching staff extended at least 14 scholarship offers to recruits scattered across the country during the bye week. Recruits include junior college prospects, high school seniors, juniors, sophomores and even freshmen.

Three junior college prospects received offers from Nebraska in the scholarship rush. Kai Wallin, an edge rusher at American River CC, received an offer. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound college freshman has 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery this season. Meanwhile, defensive end Nikko Taylor from Hutchinson CC in Kansas received a scholarship offer from Nebraska. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound edge/linebacker originally from the Kansas City area has 28 tackles and 5 sacks so far this season. Taylor’s Hutchinson CC teammate, Dez’mond Schuster, also received a Nebraska offer but announced his commitment to Illinois later on Thursday.

Atlanta sophomore London Merritt received a scholarship offer from Nebraska. The not-yet-starred athlete also holds offers from Arkansas and Auburn, among others. He’s currently playing tight end for Woodward Academy. Nebraska extended an offer to junior 3-star receiver Patrick Clacks of Andrean High School in Indiana. Right now he is the 10th-ranked recruit out of Indiana for the class of 2024. The Huskers offered junior running back Terrance Shelton Jr. a scholarship. The Franklin, Wisconsin, product is popular among Big Ten programs but Nebraska is the first to offer him. Through nine games the 6-foot back has 17 TDs and 1,503 all-purpose yards.

Looking to bolster the offensive line, the Huskers offered Marques Easley of Kankakee, Illinois. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound junior offensive tackle is a priority target for Minnesota and Missouri. On the other side of the line, Nebraska extended a scholarship offer to Mikeshun Beeler of Simeon High School. The defensive line prospect is an emerging prospect, just like his high school teammate Andre Crews, a senior Nebraska offered a scholarship in the last week.

That’s in addition to junior offensive linemen Joseph Cryer (Many, Louisiana) and Preston Taumua (Alea, Hawai’i) and junior quarterback Alessio Millivojevic (Naperville, Illinois) who received scholarship offers earlier in the week.

Looking further into the future, the Nebraska coaching staff extended three scholarship offers to high school standouts with Husker ties. Brock Heath, a sophomore in the Kansas City area, and freshmen brothers Cade and Bastian Vanden Bosch in Arizona. Heath is the youngest brother of former Husker Blake Lawrence while the Vanden Bosch brothers are, of course, children of former Husker Kyle Vanden Bosch. None of those three have yet registered star ratings.

Nebraska is currently No. 52 in the Class of 2023 recruiting rankings, according to 247Sports. The Huskers would receive a big boost to secure athlete Malachi Coleman’s commitment tonight. Nebraska hasn’t secured a recruit in the Class of 2024 and is therefore unranked. For comparison: Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Michigan and Minnesota have all secured commitments in that class and are ranked as such, respectively.

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