While the Huskers jumped on a flight to Indiana a day ahead of their physical battle with Purdue, a handful of potential recruits balled out.
Records shattered and playoff spots were clinched. Impressive nights ended early because of lopsided results and some fought until the end. Nebraska high school football at its finest.
Husker coaches assess in-state recruits during regular-season finales and first-round playoff games this week. They’re hopeful to close on multiple potential Huskers ahead of a known commitment announcement at the end of the week.
This is a golden age of in-state recruits. They’re proving it on the field.
Elkhorn South running back Cole Ballard set a Class A record with seven all-purpose touchdowns in the Storm’s 55-14 win over Omaha Burke. All of those scores (five rushing, one receiving and one punt return) came in the first half. Ballard did not play in the second half after accruing 338 yards to go with all those touchdowns. Ballard set a school record with six rushing touchdowns earlier this season — also all before halftime.
— Elkhorn South Football (@ESStormFootball) October 15, 2022
The 6-foot senior running back visited Memorial Stadium earlier this season. He’s also been recruited by North Dakota State, Kansas State, South Dakota State and Wyoming. But none have offered. In fact, his only Division I offer so far is from FCS school St. Thomas.
Gretna dominated Omaha South on Friday. The Dragons were partially led by preferred walk-on commit Korver Demma, freshly offered lineman Mason Goldman, Husker target Colin Sims and Oklahoma State commit Zane Flores. Flores once again tallied stats, throwing 21 of 28 for 277 yards and six touchdowns in the win.
The aforementioned Colemen secured a touchdown grab in a big Lincoln East win. Possibly more impressive, although not at all surprising based on his physicality, was a crucial block to spring Dash Bauman on the opening play of Friday’s game.
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— Nikki Bauman (@NikkiBauman) October 15, 2022
The 6-foot-5 senior will announce his college decision Saturday at Lincoln East. A commitment to Nebraska would bolster the Huskers’ recruiting class despite a national search for a head coach.
Scottsbluff standout Sebastien Boyle ran for 233 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-0 win. Boyle’s a speedy, strong 5-foot-11 junior with college interest from Kansas State, Wyoming, Iowa State, Northwest Missouri State and North Dakota State in addition to Nebraska. He hasn’t been offered a scholarship yet.
Ainsworth junior athlete Carter Nelson had himself a day. First, Ainsworth clinched an undefeated regular season and district championship with a 50-14 win. Nelson threw one touchdown, ran one touchdown and caught two touchdowns for a total of 242 yards. On defense he had five tackles, two for loss. He also did whatever you call this:
— Jessi Owen (@coachowen7) October 15, 2022
Nelson also announced he received a scholarship offer from Oklahoma last week. The 6-foot-4 athlete already holds offers from Baylor, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin in addition to Nebraska. Ainsworth starts its playoff run against Loomis on Thursday.
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