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Nebraska Recruiting: In-State Priorities for the Huskers’ 2023 Recruiting Class

January 24, 2022

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


The questions never stop in the recruiting world. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something to talk about so we have been taking reader and listener suggestions on questions. I then answer the questions in a quick video. Peyton on Twitter wants to know about in-state recruiting.

It’s always a good time to talk local recruiting so let’s dive in.

It feels like for the last three or four recruiting cycles I’ve been saying that the talent in Nebraska continues to get better each year. A combination of more year-round training, good coaching around the state and hard work from the players have gotten us here. The 2023 class in Nebraska is already off to a hot start with scholarship offers. There are now five players in the class that hold offers from the Huskers.

Pierce tight end Benjamin Brahmer and Lincoln Southeast offensive lineman Gunnar Gottula are already committed to Nebraska. That will be helpful for the Huskers in the long and short term. Both are good prospects that will help the Huskers on the field. They are also capable of being good peer recruiters to help build the class.

We know that Lincoln East athlete Malachi Coleman is a major priority for the Huskers as Peyton noted in his question. The Huskers have had wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph take over his recruitment. The pair have hit it off quickly which is a big boost to Nebraska’s chances of landing Coleman. The Huskers view him as a wide receiver though that could also change if he grows out of wideout.

There are two other offered and uncommitted prospects in Nebraska. Elkhorn South defensive end Maverick Noonan is an important prospect for the Huskers. He’s a legacy prospect which always adds importance to a recruitment. He also plays a position of need as an edge rusher. The Huskers have struggled to land potential impact pass rushers. The most recent Nebraska in-state offer was to Creighton Prep offensive lineman Sam Sledge. The Huskers made the offer during their Junior Day ever on Jan. 22. Sledge is also a legacy prospect that the Huskers will not want to let leave the state.

If I had to choose I would say that Noonan is the next “must-get” prospect after Coleman. Because of his position and the Huskers’ struggles there it makes sense to put a great deal of focus on him. The interesting thing to me is that every Nebraska prospect that has already been offered is a “must-get.” Part of the reason is they are all good prospects and you want to keep good football players home. The other reason is that Nebraska needs to flip the perception that homegrown players are itching to leave the state. None of these players should be taken for granted and Nebraska should put in the effort that matches that.

There is another point to make that is closely related to this topic. The 500-mile radius is loaded for the 2023 recruiting class. As Nebraska resets the 2023 recruiting board we are seeing numerous offers go out in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. That’s a great thing for the chances of Nebraska having a bounce back year with the 2023 recruiting class.

Nebraska could build a strong base of this class with Nebraska players and 500-mile radius prospects. That would be very beneficial to the program long-term. It all starts with locking down the top in-state talent and then moving out from there.

Recruit Watch

>> Recent Nebraska 2023 quarterback offer Jackson Arnold committed to Oklahoma.

>> The Huskers offered 2023 Missouri wide receiver Fredrick Moore on Monday.

>> The Huskers offered 2025 Omaha North lineman Tyson Terry over the weekend.

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>> As Steve Marik writes, competition is the name of the game in a revamped Husker defensive back room.

>> Jacob Padilla has five thoughts on Omaha Westside’s 82-43 win over Omaha Creighton Prep.

>> Drake’s Takes explores Husker COVID postponements and the NFL Playoffs.

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