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Nebraska Recruiting: Dust Settling on Final Weekend of Official Visits Before Early Signing Day

December 18, 2022

A late-afternoon commitment on Sunday boosted a momentous recruiting weekend for Nebraska.

Nebraska’s still incomplete coaching staff hosted another round of official visits this weekend. Commitments came Friday and Saturday, then former Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims announced his plans to transfer to Nebraska via the portal.

In total, Nebraska gained five commitments during the weekend. That started on Friday as Omaha Westside kicker Tristan Alvano announced his pledge. His Westside teammate Jaylen Lloyd then committed in a Saturday afternoon ceremony. Former Florida safety Corey Collier Jr., from the same high school as Husker commit Dwight Bootle, committed shortly after. Philadelphia safety Rahmir Stewart committed Saturday night after enjoying his official visit. Then the addition of Sims on Sunday.

Nebraska remains in the mix for multiple recruits who took their official visits in December. Four-star edge rusher Princewill Umanmielen from Manor, Texas, could end up among the Huskers’ 2023 recruiting class. So is Gretna 3-star offensive lineman Mason Goldman and unranked linebacker Eric Fields from Ardmore, Oklahoma.

The Huskers also hosted former Arkansas quarterback Malik Hornsby, a 4-star prospect out of high school, on Saturday. Hornsby’s visit came a week after Sims’ visit. Last year’s starting quarterback Casey Thompson hasn’t affirmed his plans to return to Nebraska for a final collegiate season after graduating with his master’s degree over the weekend. Thompson is also scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery in the offseason and Nebraska’s offense stalled almost entirely when the Oklahoma City product wasn’t on the field.

If this recruiting weekend showed anything it was the aggression with which Matt Rhule and his staff are attacking recruiting. Former Temple defensive lineman Philip Simpson joined Rhule’s staff over the weekend as assistant defensive line coach and an able recruiter. Nebraska offered one of his old players at Homestead (Florida) High School, sophomore receiver Cortez Mills, on Friday. On Saturday, Nebraska offered Isaac Brown, a 4-star running back committed to Louisville, also from Homestead. Nebraska offered composite 4-star corner Ethan Nation and, barely a few hours later, the Roswell, Georgia, standout announced he’d be in Lincoln on his official visit.

Then there was the decommitment outside of state lines that shook Husker Nation. Chandler, Arizona, 5-star junior quarterback Dylan Raiola backed away from his pledge to Ohio State. The son of Husker legend Dominic Raiola and nephew of Nebraska offensive line coach Donovan Raiola is, essentially, restarting his recruiting process. Dylan and Dayton Raiola, a freshman quarterback at Chandler, were on the sidelines for a Nebraska game this past season.

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Nebraska coaches added a few new prospects to their database. Three-star lineman Jason Maciejczak from Pierre, South Dakota, received an offer on Friday. Maciejczak, the son of Chadron State All-American lineman Dan Maciejczak, has been to Lincoln before but has been committed to North Dakota since June.

The new coaching staff also offered Fairburn, Georgia, prospect Bo Hughley. The Georgia commit visited Nebraska under the previous regime. St. Thomas Aquinas (Kansas) sophomore athlete Julian Marks also received an offer from the new coaching staff to replace the offer he received from the last staff.

Trent Seaborn, a quarterback from Alabaster, Alabama, received an offer from Nebraska on Sunday. Seaborn is an eighth grader who has already taken unofficial visits to Alabama and Georgia.

ICYMI

>> The Nebraska men’s basketball team got outgunned in Kansas City on Saturday by Kansas State.

>> Check out Hail Varsity’s photo gallery from Nebraska’s convincing win over the Wyoming Cowgirls for the 500th home win in program history.

>> Nebraska track and field coaches are enjoying a mutually beneficial relationship with Matt Rhule and his staff.

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