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Nebraska Recruiting: Husker Coaches Brace for Another Weekend of Official Visits

December 15, 2022

The new Nebraska coaching staff is hosting a blitz in its second weekend of official visits. A week after hosting more than a dozen recruits that yielded four commitments, Matt Rhule’s staff reconvenes from the recruiting trail for another dozen visitors.

As of Thursday night, 13 recruits are scheduled to visit. More could confirm their trips to Memorial Stadium to hear Rhule and his staff’s vision. Of those 13, five are current commits. That’s Texas interior lineman Riley Van Poppel, Georgia receiver Barry Jackson, Texas athlete Brice Turner, Florida corner Dwight Bootle and IMG Academy corner Syncere Safeeullah are on the invite list. Turner and Safeeullah are both from Rhule’s tenure and neither have officially visited Lincoln yet.

The list of weekend visitors also includes notable transfer portal products. Former Florida Gators Correy Collier and Chief Borders are due to visit Lincoln. So is former Arkansas quarterback Malik Hornsby. Collier played mostly special teams as a redshirt freshman last season but was a 4-star cornerback out of high school. Borders is a linebacker who saw special teams snaps in every game during his redshirt freshman season. Hornsby was Arkansas’ No. 2 quarterback much of last season but saw an increase in snaps against LSU.

Nebraska is also hosting non-Husker commit high school standouts Mason Goldman (Gretna), Princewill Umanmielen (Manor, Texas), Kyron Jones (Charlotte), Rahmir Stewart (Philadelphia) and Eric Fields (Ardmore, Oklahoma). Goldman, the Dragons’ 3-star lineman, received a Nebraska offer in October. Umanmielen is a 4-star edge who’s gained a lot of attention from this new Nebraska coaching staff. Stewart is a 3-star safety and the top-ranked prospect in Rhule’s native Pennsylvania. Fields is an unranked linebacker recruit who’s surging at the right time. He finished with 180 tackles this last season with Group of 5 offers but Power 5 interest from Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. Jones, a star sprinter as well, committed to NC State on October 1 before gaining national attention in the last month.

Coaches hit the road earlier in the week ahead of visits. Rhule, Marcus Satterfield, Omar Hales and EJ Barthel all visited Husker commit Jaidyn Doss in Kansas City earlier Thursday. Rhule swung by Omaha Westside in the afternoon and Barthel made stops at Ashland-Greenwood and Bishop Neumann in Wahoo. Rhule was in Texas and Pennsylvania earlier this week.

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Visitors last weekend who didn’t commit made headlines in different ways this week. Four-star athlete Malachi Coleman canceled his visit to Michigan and will instead visit Colorado this weekend. The East senior enjoyed his in-home visit with Colorado tight ends coach Tim Brewster earlier this month. On the flip side, former Colorado commit Andrew Metzger decommitted this week following his visit to Lincoln. He’s a 3-star tight end from greater Denver.

Former Nebraska commit Cameron Lenhardt enjoyed another visit to Lincoln but remains uncommitted. Former Arizona State offensive lineman Ben Scott, former Texas A&M edge Elijah Jeudy and former Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims all visited Lincoln but left without committing.

Omaha Westside standouts Jaylen Lloyd and Tristan Alvano also came to Lincoln for their official visits this last weekend. Alvano will announce his commitment plans on Friday morning. Lloyd will share his plans in a Saturday afternoon ceremony in Omaha. Alvano gained massive attention after his historic state championship performance and Lloyd is pitting a dual football-track offer from Nebraska up against the same dual offer from Texas Tech and track-only offers from Illinois, Florida and Georgia. Nebraska could pick up two in-state commits before its upcoming official visitors leave Lincoln.

ICYMI

>> In the latest ‘Tom’s Time’, relieve Nebraska’s convincing win in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

>> A pair of Nebraska volleyball standouts were recently honored as AVCA All-Americans.

>> The Huskers’ disappointing exit in the Sweet 16 signaled the end of a season filled with variables and change. In that change comes a promising future.

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