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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Extend New Offers Over Purdue Weekend

October 31, 2021

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


The Huskers hosted around 40 visitors for the matchup with Purdue on Saturday. The game didn’t go as planned with the Huskers taking a 28-23 loss to the Boilermakers. It was especially disappointing coming off a bye week and playing at home. Still, the Huskers utilized the chance to have visitors in town to take in the game day atmosphere.

There was something I noted in the visit preview last week. The thing that stood out to me about the weekend was the number of intriguing future prospects on campus. Several players were in town that were on the cusp of getting offers from the Huskers.

A handful of them came away with scholarship offers from the Huskers on Saturday.

Iowa 2023 athlete Jamison Patton was offered by Nebraska on Saturday. It was the second Division I offer for the prospect who profiles as a safety for the Huskers.

Patton (6-2, 190) was surprised to pick up the offer from Nebraska. He went out to midfield with some of the other priority recruits before the game to check out the team warming up. That’s when defensive coordinator Erik Chinander came over. Chinander said he’d like to offer Patton a scholarship.

The Iowa native enjoyed meeting Chinander who is a fellow Iowan. Patton also enjoyed being seeing the atmosphere at Nebraska.

“It was incredible,” Patton said. “It was my first time being to a game at Nebraska and it definitely lived up to the hype. It was amazing.”

Patton wasn’t the only one to come away from the weekend with an offer. Nebraska made an intriguing offer to 2025 Omaha Burke inside linebacker Christian Jones. The freshman prospect has been to Lincoln for a couple games this season.

The Huskers are in early on Jones who figures to be the next big star for Omaha Burke. It’s pretty unique to see a freshman linebacker in Nebraska pick up an offer. It will be interesting to see Jones develop through his high school career.

Nebraska was the latest school to offer Kansas offensive lineman Joe Otting. Standing at 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, the Hayden High star was happy to receive the offer.

“It was pretty cool,” Otting said. “It was exciting receiving the offer no doubt.”

The Huskers joined Iowa State, Kansas State, Kansas and Missouri as early offers for the lineman. The 500-mile radius will be loaded up with talent once again in the 2023 recruiting cycle.

One of the more intriguing quarterbacks in the region is Iowa native JJ Kohl. The signal-caller (6-6, 225) impressed the Huskers this summer in the 7-on-7 camp the team hosted. Kohl was offered by Nebraska on his visit Saturday.

The Huskers join Florida State, Iowa and Iowa State as suitors for the quarterback. I expect Kohl to be a hot name in the recruiting world over the next year.

Nebraska is still trying to get prospects interested in the program as the season comes to an end. It’s going to continue to be difficult as the losses pile up. Getting a foot in the door to build the relationship could pay off down the road for the program.

Recruit Watch

>> Bellevue West 2024 quarterback Daniel Kaelin was on an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this weekend.

>> Top 2024 quarterback target Dylan Raiola was offered by Ohio State this weekend while on a trip to Columbus.

>> After a trip to Miami last weekend, top JUCO defensive end target Jeffrey M’ba was at Oregon this weekend.

ICYMI

>> As Brandon Vogel explains the hardest thing for Nebraska football is that opponents know exactly what to do in order to beat them. Just wait.

>> In the Nebraska versus Purdue notebook (Premium) Erin Sorensen looked at the ups and downs of Adrian Martinez, a change at kicker and more.

>> The Hail Varsity photographers have your gallery as the Huskers dropped a game to Purdue.

>> The play of the game by Drake Keeler (Premium) was Adrian Martinez’s second interception against Purdue.

>> The error-prone Nebraska volleyball team fell in five at Minnesota on Saturday night.

>> Jacob Padilla is here to let you know what we learned (Premium) about Nebraska basketball through two exhibition games.

>> After a strong first half the Husker offense fell flat in the second half (Premium) as Steve Marik wrote.

>> Check out the transcript from Scott Frost’s time at the podium and the Nebraska players.

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