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Nebraska Recruiting: A Look Ahead to 2023 Storylines on Signing Day Eve

February 01, 2022

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.

As we prepare to wrap up the 2022 class tomorrow, I can’t help but think about the 2023 recruiting class for Nebraska. There are still burning questions for the 2022 class at this point. Recruiting these days is all about working on many classes at once. The Huskers have been working hard on building relationships for the 2023 cycle. The best example of that was the team hosting a pair of Junior Days. The team was able to host many prospects that will end up being priorities for cycles to come.

The Huskers have been hitting the road hard in January to get into high schools. The contact period allows them to touch base with high school coaches and prospects. Many of the places they went had to do with the 2023 recruiting class. Many of those in-school visits resulted in prospects visiting Lincoln in January.

Now that I’m thinking about the 2023 class, there are some topics that have my attention. It’s always a good time to talk quarterbacks. It was a hot topic during December and January for the Huskers. That’s when they were trying to find transfer quarterbacks. It was also a hot topic in January when new offers went out to quarterbacks. The team is up to seven quarterback offers for the 2023 class. A pair of prospects—JJ Kohl and Avery Johnson—appear to be at the top of the Husker board for now.

The Huskers are off to a good start with the 2023 recruiting class. Pierce tight end Benjamin Brahmer (6-5, 185) is a prospect that has a chance to shoot up recruiting rankings. Once scouts get a better look at him they will see the prototypical new tight end that teams like to use. Lincoln Southeast offensive lineman Gunnar Gottula (6-6, 250) could play either guard or tackle in college. The next Southeast player to join the Huskers has good tools to refine in college. The latest commit for the class is Florida defensive back Dwight Bootle. He’s done well on the combine circuit this offseason. He held over 20 scholarship offers before picking the Huskers.

This cycle is the perfect one the Huskers to have Mickey Joseph and Bill Busch breathe life into local recruiting. We know that Lincoln East wide receiver Malachi Coleman (6-5, 180) is a major priority for the Huskers. The talented athlete is being recruited by Joseph who wants to make sure that he doesn’t leave the state. There are other targets in-state to know. Elkhorn South defensive end Maverick Noonan is a priority for the team. He’s the best pass rusher in the state and a legacy which will make him a very important target. Creighton Prep offensive lineman Sam Sledge was offered by Nebraska in January. Sledge (6-4, 270) would be a very welcome addition to the class.

We are on the eve of finishing up the 2022 recruiting class. There are exciting things already happening for Nebraska’s 2023 recruiting class too.

Recruit Watch

>> Husker legacy and 2023 wide receiver Chris Brooks Jr. committed to Wisconsin.

>> Check out the photos from Alabama 2023 defensive lineman JaQuize Buycks’ visit to Lincoln.

>> Finland 2023 offensive lineman Olaus Alinen has racked up quite the offer list.


>> I took a look at some burning questions for the Huskers on Signing Day eve for the 2022 cycle.

>> Outside hitters are the next position up for Jacob Padilla’s season position reviews.

>> In the latest episode of the Straight Up Breakdown podcast Chris Schmidt joined me to discuss some pending goodbyes.

>> Steve Marik has started a new series where he looks at players that could make the jump in the 2022 season. First up on the list is defensive lineman Ty Robinson.

>> Florida 2023 defensive back Dwight Bootle is ready to continue the legacy at Nebraska.

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