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Nebraska Recruiting: Checking in on Where Local Recruits Signed

December 19, 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.


The Huskers signed three players from the state of Nebraska in the early signing period––Ernest Hausmann, Gage Stenger and Jake Appleget. They weren’t the only players in the state that are going on to play college football. Nebraska has continued to produce many high school players who play at the next level. When next year’s signing day rolls around we will see the same thing.

Let’s take a look around the state to see where some players are going.

Oklahoma landed its first high school player from Nebraska since the 1970s. That happened when Bellevue West tight end Kaden Helms signed.

Helms wasn’t the only tight end from that school to go to a major program. Micah Riley-Ducker is heading down south to play for Auburn. It will be a lot of fun to watch Helms and Riley-Ducker square off as members in the SEC. The Sooners join the conference in a couple seasons.

If you saw Bellevue West play this season you were impressed with running back LJ Richardson. He rushed for 2,180 yards and 35 touchdowns during his senior year. He’s the latest Nebraska preps player to head to Wyoming to play college football.

Richardson was not the only Nebraskan heading to Wyoming this recruiting cycle. Archbishop Bergan safety Koa McIntyre will join Richardson.

Omaha Skutt quarterback Caden Becker is the final piece of the trio from heading to Wyoming. The Nebraska native will head to Laramie scholarship.

Northern Illinois has done a great job of recruiting Nebraska in recent years. This year is no different with a couple of the state’s best seniors heading to DeKalb, Illinois. The Huskies picked up a pair of players from Millard South this year.

Devon Jackson, a linebacker from Omaha Burke, is potentially going the farthest away from Nebraska to play college football. He’ll head to Oregon to play for new coach Dan Lanning. This is the second year in a row that a player form Omaha will head to the Ducks. He joins former Omaha Westside standout Avante Dickerson in Eugene.

Scotus Central Catholic tight end Garrett Oakley is on his way to a former Big 12 rival of the Huskers. He will play his college football in Manhattan, Kansas, for Kansas State.

There are many players around that state that will have to opportunity to continue playing football in college. In all the excitement and news around the Huskers it’s easy to lose track of the players going elsewhere. Congrats to all those players and their families moving forward.

Recruit Watch

>> Congrats to all the Husker football graduates this weekend.

>> Cincinnati 2022 tight end commit Danny Lewis Jr. picked up an offer from the Huskers over the weekend.

>> Nebraska wide receiver signee Decoldest Crawford got a nice send off from his high school.

ICYMI

>> Wisconsin outlasted Nebraska in a five-set title fight on Saturday night. Check out the photo gallery by John Peterson.

>> Jacob Padilla has your volleyball Final Four notebook (Premium) that covers attendance records, Wisconsin appreciation, Stivrins stats and more.

>> I took a look into examining Nebraska’s recruiting class rank (Premium) after the early signing period.

>> Steve Marik was on hand as the Nebraska women’s basketball team took down Drake 89-68 to remain undefeated.

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