Nebraska’s push to bolster its Class of 2023 now includes an outlet to Illinois.
Senior Andre Crews of Simeon High School in Chicago announced on Monday he received a scholarship offer from the Huskers. Crews is a 5-foot-9 3-star athlete that’s emerged with a breakout senior season at running back. So far he has 1,408 yards and 24 touchdowns at Simeon.
Nebraska assistant coach Travis Fisher is the primary recruiter. Both he and interim head coach Mickey Joseph spoke with Simeon head coach Dante Culbreath before extending the offer.
After a great conversation with my Head Coach Dante Culbreath @Coach_Dante and Coach Travis Fisher @CoachTFisher I am truly blessed to receive a offer from the University of Nebraska @SeanDillonNU @alantebrown3 #GBR @Rivals_Clint @AllenTrieu @EDGYTIM @michaelsobrien @SimeonNation pic.twitter.com/cgQ1RNnfhw
— Andre Crews (@AndreCrews6) October 17, 2022
(Notice the two pictures he used for his announcement were of Joseph from his playing days and current Husker Alante Brown, another Simeon alum. Brown called Crews the “most underrated player in Illinois,” in a tweet. Marques Buford and Jalil Martin are also current Huskers from the Chicagoland area.)
Schools like Michigan State, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Washington State, Oregon State and Cal have inquired about Crews but haven’t offered scholarships yet.
Nebraska is currently No. 52 in the 247Sports overall rankings for the Class of 2023. On3, meanwhile, has the Huskers ranked 36th. The Huskers lost the commitment of 4-star edge rusher Cameron Lenhardt with the dismissal of former defensive coordinator Erik Chinander last month. However, the Huskers remain heavily in the running for 4-star athlete Malachi Coleman (Lincoln East), freshly offered 3-star offensive lineman Mason Goldman (Gretna), 3-star offensive lineman Jr Sia (Utah), 3-star linebacker Jierra Johnson (Louisiana) and 3-star cornerback Ryan Robinson Jr. (Louisiana). There’s also the possibility Lenhardt re-commits to Nebraska ahead of Michigan State and Penn State, the other two schools in his top three.
There’s also some Class of 2024 news on the horizon. Chattanooga Christian 4-star junior safety Boo Carter announced he’ll release his top 12 schools tomorrow at noon. Nebraska is among those in the mix, along with Michigan, Cincinnati, Michigan State and heavy favorite Tennessee.
— Boo Carter (@boo_Carter6) July 12, 2022
The start of playoff football in the smaller school ranks means a larger slate of Thursday games this week than usual. Nebraska coaches have an extra vested interest in the early games during the bye week.
Osceola (7-1) hosts Fullerton on Thursday night. Quarterback Isaiah Zelasney is back in the starting lineup yet again after missing the majority of the season to injury. He’s a multi-sport athlete and state champion runner who scored 50 touchdowns in nine games last season. Kale Gustafson of Osceola also received game-day visit invitations this year from Nebraska.
Most of the attention, however, revolves around 8-0 Ainsworth. Junior 4-star athlete Carter Nelson, who holds 11 Power 5 offers, including those from Nebraska, Kansas State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Wisconsin. Nelson has thrown for 609 yards, ran for 572 yards and hauled in 501 receiving yards with 35 all-purpose touchdowns. On defense he has 39 tackles and four interceptions. Nelson and the Bulldogs aim to extend their historic season when they host Loomis on Thursday afternoon.
Large schools finish their regular season this weekend. And there are a few notable matchups among them. Lincoln East and top-ranked in-state recruit Malachi Coleman travel to top-ranked high-powered Gretna. The Dragons include Oklahoma State commit Zane Flores, lineman Mason Goldman, committed preferred walk-on Korver Demma and receiver Colin Sims. Elkhorn South (including Husker commit Maverick Noonan) hosts Omaha North (and promising sophomore lineman Tyson Terry). Bellevue West and its future crop of Husker targets––Daniel Kaelin, Isaiah McMorris, Dae’vonn Hall and Araf Evans close the regular season at Papillion-La Vista South.
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