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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Hosting a Multitude of Official Visits This Weekend

December 08, 2022

Part of new Nebraska head coach Matt Rhule’s plans for hitting the recruiting trail hard included hosting official visits this weekend. Those plans are coming to fruition. Noteworthy names, in-state and national, are coming to Lincoln.

There are two former Husker commits who could still play at Nebraska. Lincoln East senior standout Malachi Coleman will take his official visit on Friday. Rhule visited him at home on the first day off-campus visits were allowed and Nebraska remains an option. Former commit Cameron Lenhardt of IMG Academy in Florida is returning to Lincoln. He committed to Nebraska in August, then backed away when Erik Chinander, his lead recruiter, was dismissed. Rhule’s staff re-offered him.

Many wondered how Rhule would approach the transfer portal. Nebraska has extended offers to a handful of transfers and three of them will visit Lincoln this weekend. Former Texas A&M edge Elijah Jeudy, Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims and Rhode Island offensive lineman Ajani Cornelius are all scheduled for visits. Jeudy is a former 4-star recruit out of Philadelphia who chose Texas A&M over Alabama, Georgia, Penn State and Michigan. He played in just two games each of his first two years in College Station. Sims threw for 1,115 yards on 110 completions with five touchdowns and three interceptions this season. He also ran for 288 yards in a limited 2022 campaign due to a lingering foot sprain. Cornelius was an unranked high school recruit who’s played 22 games in the last two years, earning all-conference honors. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

Among the other visitors are Nebraska commits and prospects the Huskers hope to still land. Commits Jaidyn Doss, Maverick Noonan, Dylan Rogers, Gunnar Gottula, Brock Knutson and Sam Sledge will all take their official visits this weekend. Nebraska is also hosting Andrew Metzger, a Colorado pledge who hasn’t decommitted in the upheaval since Deion Sanders was introduced as head coach. Metzger committed in April. He is a 6-foot-5 tight end from Aurora, Colorado. The Huskers are also hosting Omaha Westside standouts Jaylen Lloyd and Tristan Alvano alongside junior college edge Kai Wallin and New Jersey running back Kwinten Ives. Lloyd nearly announced his college commitment to run track but has since been offered by Nebraska to run track and play football. Alvano’s gained national attention since kicking five field goals in the Class A State Championship. Wallin had 7.5 tackles for loss, including five sacks this season. Ives is a utility back and receiver who runs a 4.5 40.

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Nebraska also extended offers to a pair of former Florida Gators in the portal. Redshirt freshman Chief Borders played in all 12 games last season in a special teams capacity. He was a composite 4-star linebacker out of high school and received offers from over 50 schools before choosing Florida. Sophomore safety Donovan McMillon also received an offer from Nebraska. He made 20 total tackles this past season as a rover in the Florida defense. McMillon is viewed as a high-potential developmental athlete.

The Huskers also offered former Maryland tight end CJ Dippre. He caught 30 passes as a sophomore this past season, three of them touchdowns. He’s a former 3-star recruit from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska’s season came to an end in Louisville on Thursday morning with a five-set loss to Oregon in the Sweet 16.

>> Jaz Shelley stood and delivered for the shorthanded Huskers once again, leading Nebraska to a convincing win over Wisconsin.

>> No. 14 Indiana proved too much for Nebraska, who were without Sam Griesel, on the road Wednesday night.

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