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Nebraska Recruiting: 2023 Early Signing Day Central

December 21, 2022

New Nebraska head coach Matt Rhule will wrap his first Husker recruiting class in the days ahead. He may not put a bow on it until the late signing period concludes in early February, but the bulk of his first class should sign on Wednesday.

The Huskers enter the day, the first recruits can officially sign with a school, with 19 verbal commits from the high school and junior college ranks. Nebraska has also added four transfers via the portal so far with a few more decisions expected soon.

Entering Wednesday, Nebraska’s class ranked 44th nationally and 10th in the Big Ten at 247 Sports. Rivals ranked the class 34th and fifth in the Big Ten, On3 had it 37th and sixth.

Consider this your home base for our early signing period coverage. When players have officially signed, we’ll move them from the Committed category to the Signed category. We’ll also keep updating the Reading List throughout the day with links to the latest.

Rhule will meet with the media to discuss the 2023 class at 2:30 p.m.

Reading List


(signees added since Rhule took over)
PK Tristan Alvano
DB Dwight Bootle II
DL Vincent Carroll-Jackson
WR Malachi Coleman
WR Jaidyn Doss
LB Eric Fields
OL Mason Goldman
OL Gunnar Gottula
RB Kwinten Ives
OL Brock Knutson
ATH Jaylen Lloyd
DL Jason Maciejczak
EDGE Maverick Noonan
EDGE Dylan Rogers
DB Syncere Safeeullah
OL Sam Sledge
DB Rahmir Stewart
ATH Brice Turner
EDGE Princewill Umanmielen
DL Riley Van Poppel
EDGE Kai Wallin

In The Mix

LB Eric Fields – The Oklahoma prospect is under-the-radar but came on strong during his senior season and is a track athlete, all things that tend to fit the Rhule mold. Fields took an official visit to Lincoln last weekend and has also officially visited Arkansas State. (UPDATE, 1:40 P.M.: Fields committed to Nebraska.)

WR Malachi Coleman – The one-time Nebraska commit backed off the pledge with the departure of Mickey Joseph, but the Huskers are still in the mix for the Lincoln East star. Colorado’s new staff under Deion Sanders has made a late push. Last weekend, Coleman canceled a planned official visit to Michigan and instead visited Boulder. (UPDATE, 10:45 A.M.: Coleman picked Nebraska over Colorado.)

EDGE Cameron Lenhardt – Another former Husker commit who changed his mind as Nebraska changed its coaching staff. Rhule and company have gotten back in on Lenhardt. The IMG Academy product officially visited Lincoln the weekend of Dec. 9 and visited Maryland a week later. Lenhardt plans to announce his commitment at the UnderArmour All-American game on Jan. 3.

QB Malik Hornsby – Nebraska has already added one transfer quarterback, three-year starter Jeff Sims from Georgia Tech, but remains in the mix for Hornsby, an Arkansas transfer who appeared in 16 games over three seasons and had more rushing attempts than passing attempts each season.

OL Ajai Cornelius  – The Rhode Island transfer is one of the most coveted players in the portal, and the Huskers will have stiff competition for his commitment. Cornelius officially visited Tennessee and Ohio State last weekend and is also considering Oregon in addition to Nebraska. His commitment announcement is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Wednesday (UPDATE, 5:00 P.M.: Cornelius signed with Oregon.)

Signed Elsewhere

WR Beni Ngoyi – Iowa State won the Lincoln High star’s commitment this fall, but Nebraska made a renewed push once Rhule took charge. Ngoyi was scheduled to have a signing day ceremony at his high school at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, but LPS canceled school due to weather. Ngoyi signed with the Cyclones Wednesday morning.

WR Barry Jackson – A holdover commit from the previous staff, Jackson flipped his commitment and signed with Cincinnati.

Transfer Additions

EDGE Chief Borders (Florida)
DB Corey Collier Jr. (Florida)
WR Josh Fleeks (Baylor)
DL Elijah Jeudy (Texas A&M)
LS Marco Ortiz (Florida)
QB Jeff Sims (Georgia Tech)


RB Cole Ballard (Elkhorn, Nebraska)
TE Cayden Echternach (Omaha, Nebraska)
LB Korver Demma (Gretna, Nebraska)
OL Grant Seagren (Oakland-Craig, Nebraska)

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