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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Offer Trio of Michigan Athletes in Bye Week

September 25, 2022

Nebraska football coaches spent their first bye week of the season scattered across the country on the recruiting trail.

While the Huskers came away empty-handed without any commitments, they didn’t leave with empty effort. Notably, the Huskers offered scholarships to three Michigan natives after running backs coach Bryan Applewhite’s trip through greater Detroit.

Linebacker/running back Jeremiah Beasley, evaluated a 4-star composite recruit according to 247Sports, announced on Friday that he received an offer. Beasley is a Class of 2024 prospect  who runs a 4.60 40 and forced 10 fumbles as a sophomore last season. He’s also received offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Minnesota, Kentucky and over a dozen others.

Canton, Michigan, prospect Caleb Williams also received a scholarship offer. He’s a 3-star cornerback/receiver, as evaluated by On3. The 6-foot, 170-pound three-sport Class of 2024 recruit holds offers from Tennessee and Central Michigan as well.

Nebraska also extended an offer to 4-star athlete Jacob Oden, a junior at Harper Woods High School. He’s a 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect who often plays at defensive back and receiver. He’s received scholarship offers from Michigan State, Penn State, Iowa, Cincinnati and a multitude of others. He took an unofficial visit to East Lansing this weekend, a day after announcing his scholarship offer from Nebraska.

While Nebraska coaches look to secure their Class of 2023 over the next few weeks, those offers would give the program a boost to start its Class of 2024. The Huskers haven’t secured a commitment in its Class of 2024.

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While coaches like Applewhite extended offers on the trail, others like interim head coach Mickey Joseph witnessed prospects prove their caliber on the field.

Joseph returned to his native Louisiana for a packed trip. One of his stops included seeing North Caddo High School standout receiver Omarion Miller. Miller is a 4-star prospect who committed to Nebraska back in July and reaffirmed that decision last week. He went off for 243 yards and three touchdowns on seven catches in a loss on Friday.

In-state prospects showed out as well. Nebraska target Caden VerMaas ran for 187 yards and a touchdown in Millard North’s loss to Lincoln Southeast. Four of VerMaas’s carries went over 20 yards. Another Husker target, Pierce Mooberry, snagged an impressive touchdown for the Mustangs. Lincoln Southeast ran through Millard North in that game, powered by a push from Nebraska commit Gunner Gottula.

Nebraska’s most coveted in-state target of the Class of 2023, Lincoln East standout Malachi Coleman, sparked the Spartans’ run past Columbus with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Colemen will announce his commitment next month.

Bellevue West’s offense exploded in a win over Omaha South. Junior quarterback Daniel Kaelin is a team captain for the Thunderbirds and surpassed 1,700 yards in the air during the win. He visited Memorial Stadium for the Oklahoma game and is reconsidering Nebraska as a potential option since Mickey Joseph took over as interim head coach. Kaelin visited Kansas on Saturday during the Jayhawks’ sold-out win over Duke. He’s also received offers from Arizona State, Duke, Michigan State and others.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska interim head coach Mickey Joseph comes from a football family full of support.

>> Improvements to Memorial Stadium are high on University of Nebraska leadership’s priority list.

>> The Nebraska head coach position is still one of the most valuable to potential coaches, one search firm executive said.

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