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.
The Huskers had a busy weekend on the recruiting trail as the team faced off against Ohio State. The team lost a close game to the Buckeyes and there is so much big picture talk about the program right now. Because of that, it may have gotten lost in the shuffle that there were several news items to come out of the weekend.
We know that the scholarship players in the 2022 class will be small. One thing we were unsure of is how that would impact the numbers for the preferred walk-on class. We haven’t seen many PWO commits for the 2022 cycle. That changed on Friday. Norris High School athlete Cooper Hausmann joined the walk-on class that day.
— Cooper Hausmann (@CooperHausmann) November 5, 2021
Hausmann stars as a quarterback for Norris. He could eventually end up at receiver or defensive back as a Huskers. He’ll get his shot starting off in the quarterback room when he enrolls next year.
How many Nebraska prospects will end up with Power Five offers? That will be one of the top storylines for the 2023 recruiting class. The list seems to grow all the time. More players are on the cusp too. The Huskers already have a pair of in-state 2023 commitments from Benjamin Brahmer and Gunnar Gottula. Teitum Tuioti and Maverick Noonan have been priority recruits all season long. Lincoln East athlete Malachi Coleman is an emerging prospect in the state.
The Huskers came through with an offer for him a couple weeks ago. They aren’t the only ones taking notice of his talents. Coleman took a visit to Wisconsin recently. He was in Minnesota this weekend where PJ Fleck’s program offered him a scholarship.
— Malachi Coleman (@ChiColeman23) November 6, 2021
Coleman’s versatility and frame (6-5, 180) make him such a unique prospect. Teams like him at a variety of positions. Outside linebacker, defensive end and receiver have all been discussed. He’s going to be an interesting player to watch over the next year.
The Huskers got more good news when the team picked up commitment number nine for this class. It came out during the pregame festivities ahead of Ohio State that Illinois defensive back Jalil Martin had committed to the team.
— J7️⃣ (@JalilMartin7) November 7, 2021
The defender has a great frame (6-3, 190) and could be a steal for the Huskers down the line. His length makes him an intriguing player for Nebraska. He could play either safety or cornerback. Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher covets that type of player for his group.
Nebraska picked up another member of the 2022 preferred walk-on class when Papillion-La Vista tight end Luke Lindenmeyer made his announcement.
— Luke Lindenmeyer (@lukelindenmeyer) November 7, 2021
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound player had a good senior season. He flashed some potential as both a blocker and a receiver.
Nebraska also made an interesting preferred walk-on offer at quarterback this weekend. Lincoln East quarterback Noah Walters is fresh off his record setting senior season. He picked up the offer from Nebraska.
— Noah Walters (@noah_walters12) November 7, 2021
Walters (6-0, 195) had a huge season posting 3,382 passing yards with 44 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. We’ll see if he accepts the Huskers’ offer. If he does, Nebraska will have added a talented player who can compete at the college level.
>> Nebraska offered a scholarship to 2023 Georgia running back Dontavius Braswell. He visited Lincoln for the Purdue game.
— djaybraswell (@djaybraswell) November 7, 2021
>> Nebraska 2023 offensive line commit Gunnar Gottula had a great time back on campus with his family this weekend.
GBR!! 🎈 pic.twitter.com/5IPsA9yNvn
— Stefanie Gottula (@stefgottula) November 6, 2021
>> The Huskers offered 4-star St Louis defensive back Marvin Burks Jr. on Saturday. Burks was at the game against Ohio State.
— MarvinBurksJr (@marvinburks7) November 6, 2021
>> As Brandon Vogel writes, it’s not about mistakes but about the upper hand for Nebraska again.
>> A pair of future Huskers competed in the 2021 state volleyball tournament.
>> Erin Sorensen has your Nebraska versus Ohio State notebook (Premium) where the Blackshirts hung tough once again in a big matchup.
>> Scott Frost’s decision to kick a field goal down six looms large in the loss on Saturday according to Steve Marik.
>> The No. 9 Huskers struggled to close in a 3-0 loss at No. 7 Ohio State.
>> Check out the Hail Varsity photo gallery from the close loss to Ohio State.
>> Nebraska’s players have plenty to consider in finishing losing season as Drake Keeler notes.
>> Jacob Padilla’s play of the game (Premium) was Nebraska’s fourth down incompletion on third and ten.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.