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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Flip 3-Star Running Back Barnes

November 01, 2022

Nebraska bolstered its 2023 recruiting class today with a commitment from 3-star running back Arnold “Duda” Barnes III out of New Orleans.

Barnes originally committed to Tulane on September 4 but reopened his commitment on October 28. He officially visited Nebraska on October 1 and committed to the Huskers a month later. Iowa also made a late push for Barnes, bringing him on an official visit on Saturday.

This commitment comes solely out of Mickey Joseph’s era. Joseph and running backs coach Bryan Applewhite recruited him. Nebraska extended him an offer on September 25, two weeks after Joseph took over as interim head coach. By that time Barnes started emerging as a sleeper Power 5 prospect.

“I want to go to the Big Ten and I want to dominate,” he told Rivals.

Barnes is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound prospect who runs a 4.49 40, 4.21 shuttle and squats 445. He’s maxed the 185-pound bench out at 18 reps. Barnes added to his season tally with another four-touchdown game last weekend.

He’s a 3-star composite on 247Sports and 41st-ranked prospect out Louisiana. Barnes now joins Lincoln East standout Malachi Coleman as the only Nebraska recruits to stay committed since early July. Nebraska now has 15 pledges in its Class of 2023, three 4-stars and 12 3-stars. Barnes is the first running back commit in the class and second from Louisiana along with receiver Omarion Miller.

Nebraska is ranked No. 33 in both 247Sports and Rivals.com in the Class of 2023 rankings. Big Ten teams ranked ahead of them are: Ohio State (No. 4), Penn State (No. 14), Michigan (No. 24), Northwestern (No. 28), Iowa (No. 30) and Michigan State (No. 31). Future Big Ten arrival USC is ranked No. 13.

The Nebraska coaching staff is simultaneously building its 2024 recruiting class. The Huskers recently offered 4-star edge rusher Booker Pickett from Tampa, Florida. He also gained offers from Auburn and Florida State in October. That’s in addition to new offers for 3-star junior receiver David Dossett from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and 3-star junior Lyndon, Kansas, offensive lineman Kaedin Massey.

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Ainsworth’s historical run into the Class D2 playoffs ended against Elm Creek last week. Junior 4-star athlete Carter Nelson was held to just 59 passing yards and 25 rushing yards, with three total touchdowns in the 33-18 loss. He averaged 216.6 total yards to go along with 25 all-purpose touchdowns. Nelson’s received scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Penn State, Baylor, Wisconsin, Kansas State and Iowa State, among multiple others, in addition to Nebraska.

This upcoming slate of Nebraska state playoff games features some marquee clashes, including the much-anticipated rematch between Bellevue West and Gretna. That features a multitude of FBS prospects. For Gretna it’s quarterback Zane Flores (Oklahoma State commit), lineman Mason Goldman (Nebraska target) and defensive end Korver Demma (Nebraska preferred walk-on commit). Bellevue West has senior tight end Cayden Echternach and juniors Daniel Kaelin (uncommitted), Dae’vonn Hall (uncommitted) and Isaiah McMorris (uncommitted). Nebraska is interested in all three of those Thunderbirds, even sending them Halloween-themed graphics.

Gretna narrowly escaped an upset bid from Lincoln Southeast in last week’s playoff game while Bellevue West comes off a 42-20 win over Papillion-La Vista South. Kaelin threw five touchdowns in that one, including two to McMorris, who finished with 153 yards on eight catches.

ICYMI

>> The Nebraska volleyball team dropped to No. 4 in the latest AVCA poll following a mid-week loss to Wisconsin.

>> Nebraska’s men’s basketball team fell on the road in its season-opener against Colorado earlier this week.

>> Husker coaches are instilling confidence in Chubba Purdy as Casey Thompson’s status for Saturday remains up in the air.

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