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Nebraska Recruiting: Checking in on a Few Under-The-Radar Prospects

June 29, 2021

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 burrow deeper into the summer recruiting months we are hearing more and more about Nebraska’s preferred targets. Sometimes it can feel like the same 10 or so players are the ones being talked about the most. We know that not everyone will end up being a Husker and surprises happen.

So why not take a look at a few prospects who are under the radar right now? There are several players in the area who are getting increased attention. Let’s highlight a few of the prospects.

Millard South 2022 athlete Gage Stenger has become a hot prospect in the region. He recently worked out for Wyoming and Kansas State. He came away from both workouts with a scholarship offer. Standing at 6-foot-2, 197 pounds he’s likely a defender at the next level. He had a strong junior season for Millard South, including 51 tackles and an interception. He also had 793 yards of total offense for the team.

West Fargo High School athlete Carson Hegerle has been hovering around the radar all summer. He came to Lincoln to do a private work out June 18 with Nebraska. Hegerle is an intriguing athlete that could project to a number of positions. That’s a good thing for him but also makes it tough with Nebraska’s tight numbers this cycle. He left Lincoln without an offer but picked one up from Wyoming after a workout with the Cowboys.

North Platte linebacker Vince Genatone is a name to know within the state for the 2022 recruiting class. Genatone (6-1, 205) worked out with inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud a couple weeks ago. He also went through drills with defensive backs coach Travis Fisher. He doesn’t hold an offer from Nebraska yet. He did receive an offer from South Dakota State after attending a camp.

There is an unintended trickle-down effect of the rule allowing college football players an extra year. Colleges are feeling the scholarship squeeze around the country. It will be tough this year for the Huskers to fit many of these borderline Big Ten level players into the class. It would be great to get them as preferred walk-ons but the players will have Power Five options. We’ll have to see if the Huskers can make it work or if the NCAA loosens the numbers.

The region is loaded with defensive athletes that could project to multiple positions. There are going to be some very happy colleges out there depends on where these guys end up after signing day.

Recruit Watch

>> Rex Johnson, a 2022 defensive and offensive lineman, shared photos from a recent visit. He checks in at 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds.

>> Check out quarterback (and Husker commit) Richard Torres in action.

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