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Nebraska Recruiting: Husker Coaches Host Handful of Recruits As Quiet Period Opens

March 05, 2023

Nebraska football coaches hosted a couple recruits at Memorial Stadium this weekend. All of them stand out with plans for future visits.

Coaches hosted Ainsworth 4-star tight end Carter Nelson. Nelson stopped by for an unofficial visit while in Lincoln for the Girls State Basketball Tournament. His family joined the top in-state recruit in the 2024 class at Memorial Stadium during his visit. Nebraska’s coaches visited Nelson in Ainsworth during the last recruiting period.

In updated recruiting rankings, Nelson is listed as a top-10 tight end in the country and top-150 recruit overall. He still plans to visit Nebraska during its VIP Junior Day on the weekend of March 25.

Nebraska also hosted tight end Ryan Ward from Rutherford, New Jersey. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound 2024 prospect has offers from a dozen schools on the east coast but hasn’t gained an offer from Nebraska yet. Ward visited Nebraska on Friday and stopped in Lawrence, Kansas, to visit the Jayhawks on Saturday.

Nebraska once again hosted a national recruit and one of the top in-state talents in the 2024 class on Saturday. The Huskers hosted Gibson Pyle, a consensus 3-star offensive lineman from Klein Cain High School in Houston, Texas. At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, Pyle comes off an successful season where he finished first-team all-state in Texas as an interior offensive lineman. He came away from his first visit to Nebraska impressed with the atmosphere and coaching staff.

“Couldn’t ask for a better visit,” he said after his stop. Pyle still plans on returning to Lincoln for the VIP Junior Day later this month.

Bellevue West receiver Isaiah McMorris also visited the university this past weekend. He’s a consensus 3-star receiver and top-5 in-state recruit. The T-Bird wanted to meet wide receivers coach Garret McGuire and left with a positive impression. McMorris comes off a junior season where he set a new state record with 90 catches and fell 67 yards short of a new state record in single-season yardage (1,297). He still plans to visit Nebraska again later this month.

Lyndon, Kansas, offensive tackle Kaedin Massey is due to visit Lincoln in just about two weeks. He’s a 6-foot-8, 3-star recruit who’s gaining attention beyond Kansas and Kansas State. Massey visited Nebraska last October, during the coaching change, and received a scholarship offer. This new coaching staff also sees a spot for him in Lincoln.

At this point, 16 recruits are scheduled to visit Nebraska on March 25, including 5-star quarterback Dylan Raiola. The Huskers are also pursuing standout 2025 quarterback Stone Saunders out of Pennsylvania, who visited Nebraska in January and is due for another visit this month. Visitors could change schedules and more could visit, as is the nature of college football recruiting. Hail Varsity will update you with the developments.

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The Huskers missed a commitment from 4-star defensive back Kenny Woseley out of Imhotep Charter in Pennsylvania. Woseley listed Nebraska in his final four schools but announced his commitment to Penn State on Friday.

Omaha Westside senior standout Will DePooter announced his intentions to walk-on at Nebraska. The Westside long snapper will enroll at Nebraska and likely learn alongside senior former Florida transfer Marco Ortiz.

Omaha North lineman Tyson Terry improved his undefeated wrestling mark to 92-0 by winning a second straight state title last month. He became the first Class A heavyweight to win the state title since 1971 last year, also when he received a scholarship offer from Nebraska. Terry shared that Nebraska’s coaching staff sees him as an interior offensive linemen. And the Huskers are still highly interested in him as a big recruit in the 2025 class.


>> The 2023 Nebraska Girls State Basketball Championships came to a close on Saturday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena. That capped a full weekend of state tournament action. Hail Varsity’s Jacob Padilla followed the whole thing.

>> Nebraska’s softball team responded with wins this weekend following a weekend against some of the nation’s toughest competition. The Huskers are trending in the right direction at the start of March.

>> The Nebraska baseball team built off a sweep of South Alabama to start the Cambria Classic in Minnesota with two wins. Will Bolt’s Huskers went for the competition’s trophy this afternoon.

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