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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Await Commitment News From Louisiana

August 31, 2022

On the heels of a big commitment in Ireland, the Huskers hope for good news and continued momentum.

Offensive lineman prospect Zalance Heard will make his commitment announcement on Thursday, Sept. 1. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle out of Monroe, Louisiana, has Nebraska among his final eight schools and took an official visit to Lincoln in June.

LSU, Florida State, Houston and Florida joined Nebraska in Heard’s top five choices.

LSU reporters predict Heard, who played in the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this year, will go to Baton Rouge after a recent surge of efforts to keep him in state.

The Huskers have already picked up a lineman commitment in the Class of 2023 from Riley Van Poppel out of Texas.

Nebraska makes its Memorial Stadium debut on Saturday against North Dakota. With the season-opening home game come recruits. Colin Sims from Gretna, Eric Ingwerson of Papillion-La Vista and Cayden Echternach of Bellevue West are among some of the in-state seniors who have been invited to Lincoln for the North Dakota game.

In-state recruits will also be in action this weekend. A light Nebraska high school football schedule on Thursday won’t feature any commitments, leaving a loaded Friday night slate.

Lincoln Southeast, with Nebraska football commit Gunnar Gottula and Nebraska baseball commit Max Buettonbach, will play Lincoln East, featuring receiver Malachi Coleman. Both teams are searching for a first win and Coleman tweeted earlier this week his status is unknown due to injury.

Elkhorn South senior lineman Maverick Noonan, who’s committed to Nebraska, will host Millard South. South kicker Simon McClannan has received a preferred walk-on offer from Nebraska and Kansas State, and a scholarship from South Dakota State.

Ainsworth junior Carter Nelson will be in action against Madison on Friday. Nelson is a rare in-state eight-man athlete with a scholarship offer. He’s not committed and also has offers from Kansas and Iowa State.

Omaha Central will play at Gretna. Gretna quarterback Zane Flores is committed to Oklahoma State and Dragons offensive lineman Mason Goldman has offers from Arizona State, Kansas and Memphis, among others. The Huskers are interested but have not offered Goldman a scholarship.

Recruit Watch

>> Anterio Thompson, a defensive lineman from Iowa Western Community College, plans to be in Lincoln this Saturday for Nebraska’s matchup with North Dakota. He’ll be coming to Lincoln off a visit to Kansas the day before.


>> Nebraska’s running back rotation has been in a state of constant change over the past few years, and it’s a question that once again was prominent this offseason. After the Huskers‘ season opener, there’s still much to be settled.

>> Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander took responsibility to fix aspects of the defense and he “will fix it.” 

>> In the latest Padding the Stats, Jacob Padilla recapped NFL cut-down day for former Huskers and dove into personnel packages for Nebraska in its season opener.

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