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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Offer Top Two California Linemen

September 22, 2022

It’s an exciting time for Nebraska athletics. Just today the university announced a new multimedia rights deal with a total value potential of $301 million. Renovations are planned for Memorial Stadium while new business tacts are implemented at Pinnacle Bank Arena and Haymarket Park. Plus, there’s the whole Big Ten television rights deal coming down the pike.

Excitement doesn’t end before the sidelines. The current Husker coaching staff is currently on the recruiting trail while the process to hire a new head football coach unfolds.

Interim head coach Mickey Joseph said earlier this week the coaching staff will continue to recruit as if they’re all permanent fixtures in Lincoln. It’s the kind of rallying that has caught on with most who already committed to Nebraska. It’s also catching on with those who haven’t made up their minds.

Nebraska recently offered scholarships to interior lineman teammates DeAndre Carter and Brandon Baker of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. Baker is a 6-foot-5, 285-pound 4-star prospect who was also recently offered by Ohio State. Carter is a 6-foot-4, 340-pound 4-star guard and tackle who recently took an on-campus visit to USC. They are the top two interior linemen in the 2024 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.

The Huskers also recently offered a scholarship to 3-star running back Arnold Banes of New Orleans, Louisiana. Banes, a Tulane commit, is garnering praise as one of the best running backs in Louisiana. Last week the 5-foot-10 senior ran for 381 yards and 6 touchdowns on 21 carries.

Those are class of 2024 prospects while the Huskers have yet to finalize their class of 2023. Lincoln East athlete Malachi Coleman (versus Columbus) and Utah lineman prospect Jr Sia (versus Bingham) are both high-priority prospects who return to the field this weekend.

Coleman stands out among the pack with a multitude of national offers. Other in-state prospects, some committed, also play this weekend.

Recruit Watch

While certain Nebraska coaches are out recruiting nationally at this point in the week, some are staying home to catch a slate of in-state games between Husker targets.

Thursday night’s big tilts include: Millard North (Max Hogan, Henry Rehberg, William Granger and Caden VerMaas) against Lincoln Southeast (Max Buettenback, Gunnar Gottula and Cooper Johnson) and Omaha Central (Caleb Pyfrom) at Omaha North (Te’Shaun Porter and Tyson Terry).

Those matchups predate big Friday games. Those include Omaha Burke (Cayden Echternach) hosting Creighton Prep (Pierce Mooberry, Sam Sledge and Ezra Vedra) while Scottsbluff (Sebastien Boyle and Brock Knutson) hosts Northwest. Knutson recently reaffirmed his commitment to Nebraska amid its head coaching search.

Knutson, Sledge and Gottula are the only ones mentioned above who are committed seniors to Nebraska.

Recruits don’t have the opportunity for a game-day visit this week as the Huskers take their first week off since traveling to Ireland. Coaches have already extended invitations to recruits for the Indiana game on Oct. 1.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska signed a new multimedia rights deal that puts the school among the top in the country.

>> Athletic director Trev Alberts confirmed Nebraska is using a national search firm to help the school in its head coaching hunt.

>> Those in leadership positions at Nebraska have also identified improvements at Memorial Stadium as priorities.

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