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Nebraska Recruiting: A Potential New 2024 Quarterback Recruit Emerges on Huskers’ Radar

May 04, 2023

Nebraska’s pursuit of a 2024 quarterback took a turn in the last week. The Huskers came out of spring ball with six scholarship quarterbacks. Then half of them entered the transfer portal. That leaves Matt Rhule and his staff in a curious quarterback pursuit during a curious cycle.

Bellevue West quarterback Danny Kaelin stood out to the coaching staff. The staff decided to go all-in on No. 1 overall recruit Dylan Raiola instead. As a result, the top-rated quarterback in Nebraska committed elsewhere and is on track to sign elsewhere for the third consecutive cycle. (A previous recruiting notebook looked at in-state quarterback recruiting.)

Rhule and his staff prefers to recruit a high school standout into the program and develop them. Raiola is still the primary option as he prepares to take official visits this summer. Are there any potential current uncommitted options outside of the Husker legacy? Potentially. One is visiting Lincoln next month.

Three-star quarterback Kamari McClellan is scheduled to visit Nebraska during the first weekend in June. McClellan is a dual-threat 6-foot-1, 175-pound quarterback from Pinson, Alabama. He threw for 1,334 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. He first played freshman ball as an eighth grader and his powerful arm stood out to college coaches. McClellan holds offers from Florida State, Auburn and Oregon, as well as South Carolina. Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield tried recruiting McClellan to the Gamecocks, just like he recruited 4-star pro-style quarterback Dante Reno (2024), 4-star quarterback Tanner Bailey (2022) and 3-star quarterback Braden Davis (2022). For what it’s worth, Davis is uncommitted after entering the transfer portal last week. Although his potential arrival in Nebraska seems unlikely.

At this point, McClellan seems like the most likely alternative if Nebraska doesn’t land Raiolaโ€”baring any commitment flips. McClellan’s upcoming visit makes him the only 2024 quarterback to visit Nebraska since Raiola did so in March.

As is the nature of college football, this will likely become an interesting saga. And a potentially poetic one. Critics of Rhule’s time in the NFL pointed to his inability to secure a franchise quarterback for his lackluster results. (In the first offseason since his firing, the Panthers traded up for the No. 1 overall pick and Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young.) His first season at Nebraska puts him in a high-profile quarterback hunt once again.

Recruit Watch

The nation’s No. 1 athlete in the 2024 recruiting class included Nebraska in his top 11 schools. Terry Bussey from Timpson, Texas, is a multi-sport athlete and a 4-star recruit with an incredible stat line. As a junior last season he threw for 2,177 yards (121 of 187) and 26 touchdowns. He also ran for 2,596 yards and 46 touchdowns. On defense he made 115 tackles with five interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. Oh, and he returned one punt and three kickoffs for touchdowns.

Nebraska extended some new scholarships while on the recruiting trail this week. Fort Bend Marshall, in Missouri City, Texas, standout Joshua Lair received an offer. Lair is a 3-star safety who made 54 tackles, 13 TFLs last season. Jaquise Martin, a 2025 receiver from Rudder High in Bryan, Texas, received an offer earlier this week. He’s a speedy option at receiver or as a back. Nebraska gave Jerald Mays, a 2026 offensive lineman from Weiss High in Pflugerville, Texas, his first collegiate offer. He’s already 6-foot-3, 265 pounds before his sophomore season. Four-star 2025 edge rusher Anthony Williams from Shadow Creek in Pearland, Texas, received an offer from Nebraska. He’s received a lot of attention from in-state colleges leading into his junior season.

Multi-sport 2025 tight end Jackson Kohl from Christian Brothers College Prep in St. Louis received an offer. He’s a big body option, already 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. Three-star 2025 receiver Corey Sims, also from Christian Brothers College, received an offer while linebacker coach Rob Dvoracek made his visits throughout the midwest. Meanwhile, on the west coast, Nebraska offered 2026 linebacker Talanoa Ili from Orange Lutheran in Orange, California. The coaching staff also offered 3-star 2024 running back Micah Ka’apana from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. He ran for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. Nebraska also offered speedy mutli-sport 2027 receiver Jailen Hill from Inglewood, California.

Nebraska offered 4-star 2024 edge rusher Mylachi Williams from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. He’s a mutl-sport athlete at Monsigner Bonner who made 11 sacks last season. The Huskers also offered his teammate, 2025 athlete Jalil Hill this week. Hill holds an offer from Temple and attended Penn State’s spring game.

ICYMI

>> A late surge, including a home run from Brice Matthews, wasn’t enough to keep the Nebraska baseball team from falling to North Dakota State at Haymarket Park. The Huskers continue the final Big Ten push this weekend.

>> In his latest Padding The Stats column, Hail Varsity’s Jacob Padilla looks at the fresh faces on the Nebraska volleyball team that stood out during the Huskers’ spring match.

>> Lincoln native Josiah Allick announced he’s transferring to Nebraska from New Mexico via the portal. Along with Ahron Ulis, Allick’s move gave Fred Hoiberg’s squad two portal arrivals in two days. You can keep track of the team’s offseason movements with Hail Varsity’s tracker.

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