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Nebraska Recruiting: How Does The Huskers’ Current Commitment Hot Streak Stack Up?

June 20, 2023

The camp recruiting blitz continues. Nebraska’s 2024 recruiting class continues to grow with prospects discovered during camps earlier this month and could continue after the upcoming priority recruiting weekend.

But Nebraska isn’t the only Big Ten school tallying commitments this week. Most schools, by now, are also done with camps. They also retain previous coaching staffs with more time to scout and build relationships with long-term recruits. So, while the Huskers continue to tally commitments at a frantic pace, it bares looking at how other Big Ten programs are treating this time when building their 2024 classes.

First, atop the Big Ten rankings and overall No. 2, is Michigan. The Wolverines gained commitments from 4-star receiver I’Marion Stewart, 4-star defensive lineman Owen Wafle, 3-star edge Devon Baxter, 3-star athlete Jaden Smith and 3-star running back Micah Kaapana already this month. Michigan is now already at 22 commitments in this class. Ohio State, ranked No. 4 overall in the recruiting rankings at the start of today, gained a commitment from 4-star safety Jaylen McClain earlier this month. Meanwhile, 4-star safety Vaboue Toure, 4-star safety Dejuan Lane and 3-star edge rusher Xavier Gilliam all committed to Penn State this month. The Nittany Lions are No. 7 in the current recruiting rankings.

Two conference foes who rival Nebraska’s current hot streak are Wisconsin and Minnesota, both entering the 2023 season with different coaching shuffles. Wisconsin is almost entirely wholesale new with the hire of Luke Fickell. Minnesota is still led by PJ Fleck, who was forced to hire some new assistants since the previous coaching cycle. The Gophers are up to No. 10 in the composite recruiting rankings thanks to 10 new commitments this month. At the top of their haul is 4-star offensive lineman Nathan Roy. That list also includes 3-star edge rusher Adam Kissayi from Florida, who is scheduled to take his official visit to Nebraska this weekend. Wisconsin, meanwhile, received half of its 16 commitments this month. The Badgers were ranked No. 14 in the composite before commitments today.

Then there are teams like Iowa and Michigan State. The Spartans are far behind the rest of the conference with just five commitments, two of which have come this month. Iowa is No. 27 in the composite recruiting rankings with 11 pledges but none have come since 3-star offensive tackle Will Nolan’s commitment on May 8. Two of Iowa’s commitments, including its highest-rated in 4-star offensive lineman Cody Fox, pledged back in 2021.

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Bellevue West 4-star receiver Dae’vonn Hall announced an offer from Tennessee late Monday. Hall previously visited Knoxville and explored options beyond Nebraska earlier this month. Links between him and the Huskers heated up over the weekend when his high school teammate, Nebraska commit Daniel Kaelin, made the final cut into the Elite 11. Kaelin has taken it upon him to peer recruit since his commitment.

The Nebraska coaching staff extended a long-term scholarship offer to 2027 defensive back Cornelius Mitchell Jr. of Raymore-Peculiar High in Kansas City. Husker coaches recruited that high school heavily in the last cycle and signed receiver Jadyn Doss.

Speaking of Kansas City, 2024 4-star standout Jayshawn Ross trimmed his schools down to five and Nebraska made the cut. The No. 6-ranked athlete in the country is considering Nebraska along with Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee and Oklahoma. He’s out of Liberty North High School.


>> John Cook and the Nebraska volleyball team added another standout to its 2025 recruiting class on Monday. Outside hitter Teraya Sigler, one of the nation’s top recruits, committed earlier this week.

>> This has been an eventful offseason for Fred Hoiberg and the Nebraska men’s basketball team. He’s optimistic about building on the team’s momentum and moving forward.

>> New Nebraska assistant baseball coach Mike Sirianni took time out of his schedule last week to meet local media and answer questions. He talked about his role in joining the staff and the attitude he brings to the Huskers.

>> Nebraska softball transfer Jordy Bahl and head coach Rhonda Revelle spoke to media Tuesday, both excited for the future of the program.

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