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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Start Official Visit Season With Talent-Packed First Weekend

June 01, 2023

June’s arrival marks the start of official visit season. Nebraska head coach Matt Rhule and his staff plan for a busy month. While some visitors plan to make mid-week stops, the majority of visitors will spend a weekend in Lincoln. Visitors arrive as soon as Friday, kicking off official visits this weekend. Recruits pepper the schedule the rest of the month. Rhule himself has marked the weekend of June 23 as the staff’s priority weekend. That way they can host recruits towards the end of a camp-heavy June.

Take a deeper dive into the several prominent recruits locked in visits this weekend. Keep in mind, new quarterback commit Daniel Kaelin plans to visit for at least part of the weekend in hopes of peer recruiting. Also keep in mind more visitors than are mentioned here could step forward.

Nebraska hosts two 4-star Texan defensive backs this weekend. Peyton Morgan of Pflugerville Weiss and Mario Buford of DeSoto are scheduled for visits. Morgan is a safety with 143 tackles, 11 PBUs and 10 interceptions in the last two years. He is heavily considering Texas Tech, where he’ll visit after Lincoln. Nebraska is in good position to gain a commitment from Buford, younger brother of safety Marques Buford Jr. DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis told Hail Varsity this winter Mario Buford is still raising his game and became a vocal leader on last year’s state championship team. Buford will also visit Michigan State and Penn State before committing.

Upcoming visitors also include 3-stars Jacory Barney, Dontae Carter, Carlon Jones, William Nettles, Amare Sanders, Caleb Pyfrom and Kamari McClean. Barney (receiver) and Sanders (cornerback) are Miami natives who Nebraska is in a good spot for. Carter (safety), Jones (defensive line) and Nettles (cornerback) are all native Texans with viable options in-state. Nebraska is among each’s top schools, along with programs like Texas Tech and SMU. Pyfrom, from Omaha Central, returns to Lincoln for another visit. He could potentially commit this month. McClean, a quarterback from Alabama, makes his way to Lincoln without an offer yet.

Also scheduled to visit this weekend is Joseph Anderson from Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis. Nebraska offered the edge rusher in late April, just after the spring game. He’s received offers from Kansas State, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio) with just one evaluation (a 3-star).

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Burley, Idaho, 4-star receiver Gatlin Bair plans to visit all five of his finalists before announcing his commitment. He hoped to commit this summer but a jostled schedule might not allow him to take all his visits in the summer. He’s already locked in June official visits to Oregon, TCU and Michigan. Bair recently told a local radio show that Boise State will likely be up there “with another school” at the end of his recruitment. All that said, Nebraska is the other finalist on his list and the Huskers are in a good spot to sign him. It appears likely Bair will take his official visit to Lincoln either in July or during the season for a home game.

Nebraska extended a new scholarship offer on Thursday afternoon. Phynx Taylor, a 2026 edge rusher from Dr. Phillips in Orlando, Florida, received an offer. His previous biggest offer to date came from Marshall and he attend UCF’s spring game. He was listed at 6-foot-3, 236 pounds going into his freshman season.

The last tidbit concerns Nebraska legacy commit Keelan Smith. Nothing newsworthy occurred—he’s still committed—he just posted a picture from his visit to Lincoln with father, Hall of Famer Neil Smith, and it goes pretty hard.


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