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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Make Strong Impression During First Official Visit Weekend

June 04, 2023

The first weekend of official visits in the 2023 summer calendar is in the books and the most common word from recruits afterwards? Family.

Recruits originally from Florida, Texas and even inside The Good Life all felt the same about their visits. They loved the coaches, the people and the vibe around Nebraska football.

Peyton Morgan, a safety from Pflugerville Weiss in Texas, called it a first-class visit and said he’ll return. Morgan is scheduled to visit Texas Tech next weekend before official visits to Arizona, SMU and Baylor. The Huskers were the first in the door and set a standard for other schools to meet. Morgan’s plans to return likely indicate he’ll attend Memorial Stadium for a game. Dontae Carter, a 3-star safety from Cibolo Steele in Texas, enjoyed his visit alongside Morgan. He brought his family to Lincoln for the visit, which he called “amazing.” Carter has scheduled official visits to Texas Tech, Washington and Vanderbilt later this month.

Nebraska also hosted 3-star defensive back Amare Sanders from Gulliver Prep in Miami. He spoke highly of head coach Matt Rhule afterwards and enjoyed time with former Homestead (Florida) High head coach Phil Simpson, now a defensive quality control coach at Nebraska. As of now, Sanders hasn’t scheduled any other official visits. The Huskers are also gaining steam in Jacory Barney’s recruitment. The high-end 3-star receiver from Miami Palmetto is scheduled to visit Texas A&M and Illinois later this month.

William Nettles, a 3-star receiver from Dallas Christian, set his commitment timeline for next month. Neetles said his second visit to Lincoln couldn’t have been much better and plans to take official visits to Purdue and SMU later this month. Also in Lincoln again was 4-star defensive back Mario Buford. The standout from DeSoto, Texas, enjoyed the visit with his family, including older brother Marques Buford Jr. The soon-to-be senior has official visits with Michigan State and Penn State scheduled later this month. Nebraska’s coaching staff makes him feel like a priority, which he clearly is.

The Huskers also hosted linemen Carlon Jones (Bay City, Texas), Joseph Anderson (St. Louis) and Caleb Pyfrom (Omaha Central). Jones walked away impressed by the coaches and nature of Nebraska football. He’s going to visit TCU, Cal and Georgia Tech later this month. Pyfrom’s official visit was the latest in his hops to Memorial Stadium. Anderson, a 3-star edge rusher, has a lot to think about from his visit as he goes into Kansas and Iowa later this weekend.

Recruit Watch

Nebraska extended a new scholarship offer to Brock Boyd of Southlake Carroll, Texas. Boyd is a 2026 receiver whose older brother is a receiver at Texas Tech. He also recently gained offers from TCU and Oklahoma. The Huskers also offered 2025 offensive lineman Avery Gach from Wylie E. Groves in Franklin, Michigan. He holds new offers from USC and Georgia. Koby Young, a 2024 3-star receiver from Holy Cross in New Orleans, gained an offer from Nebraska late last week. Young made 55 catches for 950 yards and eight touchdowns last year.

Chase Loftin, a 2025 tight end at Elkhorn North, just gained an offer from Oklahoma after a performance at the Brent Venables OU Camp. That’s his first offer although it likely won’t be the last with planned camps and stops at Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa State and Kansas State still this month.

Fernando Lecuona, a 2024 defensive lineman from Millard South, gained double-digit offers after his performance at the Lindenwood Mega Camp. Northern Iowa and North Dakota were among those who offered. And speaking of Northern Iowa, they offered Lincoln East 2024 linebacker/running back Dash Bauman after a strong camp performance.

Sunday was also the very first Matt Rhule Football Camp. High school football players worked out and learned at Memorial Stadium with Husker coaches. No offers were announced from camp. But don’t be surprised if the coaching staff deals out scholarship offers after seeing in-person performances.


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