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.
After a great game day visit I am blessed to receive my 2nd Division 1 scholarship offer to play safety at the university of Nebraska!! @coach_frost @CoachChinander @SeanDillonNU @EBRUNJR @CoachJ_Barnett @mooremt09 pic.twitter.com/eVD0YOQ212
— jamo✌🏽 (@jamisonpattonn) October 30, 2021
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.
— Christian Jones (@CJones428) October 31, 2021
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.
After a great game day visit I am excited to announce I have received an offer from The University of Nebraska!! 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/yzZAeDx7HI
— Joe Otting (@JoeOtting) October 31, 2021
“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.
I am very blessed to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Nebraska! @coach_frost @CoachChinander @Coach_Verdu @SeanDillonNU @coachricknelson @CoachNickNelson @AdamBooth1085 @CoachBradyWalz @360AthleteIA @EBRUNJR @AllenTrieu @SWiltfong247 pic.twitter.com/TshaQQwSzm
— JJ Kohl (@JJKohl3) October 31, 2021
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.
>> Bellevue West 2024 quarterback Daniel Kaelin was on an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this weekend.
— Daniel Kaelin (@DanielKaelin5) October 31, 2021
>> Top 2024 quarterback target Dylan Raiola was offered by Ohio State this weekend while on a trip to Columbus.
Thank you @OhioStateFB for a great weekend in Columbus. I had an awesome meeting with @ryandaytime and @CoreyDennis_ and am humbled and blessed by this offer from THE Ohio State University ⭕️ 🌰 ! #wayfinder @AYGATT_recruits @SWiltfong247 pic.twitter.com/107cMWC9Qw
— Dylan Raiola (@RaiolaDylan) October 31, 2021
>> After a trip to Miami last weekend, top JUCO defensive end target Jeffrey M’ba was at Oregon this weekend.
— character unlocked (@jeffrey_mbaa) October 31, 2021
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>> 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.
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Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.