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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Go Deep in The Heart of Texas

December 29, 2022

Matt Rhule’s Texas ties run deep. His staff’s evaluations led to names and Rhule’s active connections in the Lone Star State picked up the phone. On the other end were coaches and some of the most promising athletes in the 2024 recruiting class.

Nebraska extended seven offers to Texas high school standouts earlier this week. Most are members of the 2024 recruiting class.

Most prominent among them is Micah Hudson. The composite 5-star junior receiver at Lake Belton High School is considered a consensus top-10 recruit in that class, second-best receiver prospect. He had 65 catches for 1,198 yards and 14 touchdowns, and ran for 243 yards on 32 carries with a touchdown last season. Hudson, 6-foot-0, 190 pounds, also competed in track with few recent marks. He long jumped 21 feet, 1.5 inches in his only sophomore reps during the spring and ran a 11.54 100 and 23.26 200 as a freshman.

“Dynamic playmaker that you can’t take your eyes off of when you turn on the tape,” one scouting report reads. “Turns hitches, swings and screens into touchdowns. Will run over, through and around defenders with the ball in his hands. …

“Advanced well beyond his years and is one of the best receivers in the nation, regardless of cycle.”

Of course, Hudson garnered the attention of nearly every program in the country. Not only every Power 5 Texas university but Alabama, Michigan, Oregon, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Penn State to name a few.

Selman Bridges, Hudson’s high school teammate, also gained an offer from Nebraska. Bridges is a 4-star cornerback with a considerable frame at 6-foot-4, 170 pounds. He also ran a verified 22.20 in the 200. He’s considered the No. 6 cornerback prospect in the 2024 recruiting class.

The Huskers also extended an offer to composite 5-star cornerback Kobe Black. The No. 2 ranked corner in the 2024 recruiting class at Connally High School in Waco is the younger brother of Oklahoma State cornerback Korie Black. Black made 36 tackles with nine PBUs and two pick 6s last season. He made 41 tackles with seven PBUs as a freshman. Two dozen schools already offered him scholarships.

“Terrific high point ability and strong hands at the catch point,” one report listed Black. “Solid long speed and hip fluidity. Prototype boundary corner at the next level and projects to be a top-tier NFL draft selection.”

Zion Kearney, a composite 4-star receiver at Fort Bend Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas, also received an offer. He’s a 6-foot-3, 195-pound recruit with 27 scholarship offers thus far. He just scored eight touchdowns on 39 catches for 765 yards as a junior. Nebraska also offered 6-foot safety Aaron Flowers out of Forney, Texas. He’s a composite 4-star recruit who made 55 tackles in his junior season. The Nebraska offer gives him 10 so far. Nebraska offered composite 4-star defensive lineman Caleb Mitchell Irving at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas. He made 96 tackles, 13.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks during his junior season.

The Huskers also extended an offer to Taz Williams Jr., a receiver out of Red Oak, Texas, who is still unranked in the 2025 recruiting class. He’s already gained a dozen scholarship offers, including Penn State, Arizona, TCU, Ole Miss and Oregon.

Recruit Watch

The Huskers extended an offer to former North Carolina A&T receiver Sterling Berkhalter, who recently entered the portal. He scored two touchdowns on 28 catches with 414 yards last season. He was a 3-star receiver out of high school.

Defensive coordinator Tony White used his west coast connections to extend an offer to Santa Monica College cornerback Jarius Thurman. He’s originally from Los Angeles and made 31.0 tackles with two interceptions in seven games this fall.

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