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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Prepare for Priority Official Visit Weekend Crowd

June 22, 2023

Priority official visit weekend is here. The Huskers are set to host over a dozen recruits in Lincoln this weekend, including a couple 4-star names coaches recruited for months.

Of those invited this weekend, six are already committed to Nebraska. That includes Bellevue West quarterback Daniel Kaelin, Rice Consolidated defensive back Roger Gradney, Katy Taylor tight end Ian Flynt, Houston Klein Cain lineman Gibson Pyle, Elkhorn South lineman Ashton Murphy and Liberty North athlete Keelan Smith are scheduled to visit. Pre-commits, those with their college decisions seemingly over and inside their future home, will spend time throughout the weekend with high-priority recruits. Ainsworth 4-star tight end Carter Nelson and 4-star offensive lineman Grant Brix highlight the group. Nelson comes off official visits to Georgia, Notre Dame and Penn State. Brix, one of the nation’s top interior offensive line recruits, comes to Lincoln hot off official visits to Oklahoma, Kansas State and Alabama.

Bellevue West receiver tandem Dae’vonn Hall and Isaiah McMorris are scheduled to visit this weekend. Hall’s visit this weekend was briefly canceled earlier this month. Both announced they’ll make their commitments Friday morning before the No. 1 seed Bellevue West 7-on-7 team competes at Millard South. The Huskers will also host Ernest Campbell, a 3-star receiver from Refugio, Texas. The fastest man in Texas took an official visit to Texas A&M earlier this month. Lancaster, Texas, 3-star running back Kewan Lacy is also planning to visit this weekend. Nebraska is also scheduled to host Quinn Clark, the top-ranked recruit out of Montana following a strong camp standout, and Rex Guthrie, another camp standout from Heritage High in Littleton, Colorado. Devoux Tautaga, a 3-star edge rusher from Cedar Valley High in Eagle Mountain, Utah, is scheduled to visit. He was on an official visit in Oregon last weekend.

Worth noting, Lacy’s Lancaster teammate Emmanuel Choice plans to be in Lincoln this weekend as well. He’s a 2025 receiver with offers already from Oklahoma and Houston in addition to Nebraska.

This is the weekend Nebraska’s coaching staff tried building as its culminating recruiting push. Matt Rhule previously said he wanted the program’s big visit weekend to come after its heavy camp season so recruits didn’t have to choose between camps and visits. That leaves the Huskers with just over a dozen visitors for the last big push before the dead period. So if coaches want to make a significant in-person impression on a recruit before the upcoming dead period, this is it.

Recruit Watch

Bellevue West legacy Kaprice Keith visited Nebraska earlier this week with his father, Kenton Keith. He’s an unevaluated 2026 recruit who returned after visit Lincoln during spring practices.

Blair 2024 quarterback Bode Soukup was back on campus earlier this week. He stood out during camp season and received a preferred walk-on offer from Nebraska. His recruitment is one to watch because while the Huskers have a firm commitment from Kaelin, offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield showed no hesitation in recruiting two quarterbacks in the same recruiting class while at South Carolina.

Elkhorn South lineman Ben Gustafson committed to Northern Illinois on Thursday, giving the Huskies another commitment to its 2024 class. He joins Grand Island Northwest tight end Joe Stein in Dekalb, Illinois. Northern Illinois made a presence in the Omaha metro area during the January recruiting period. Meanwhile, Iowa gained a commitment from Creighton Prep tight end Michael Burt on Thursday.

The Huskers offered a scholarship to specialist Nico Ottomanelli from Harrington Park, New Jersey. He previously visited Nebraska during spring football and returned to Lincoln for the specialist camp earlier this month.


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