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Nebraska Recruiting: Joseph, Nebraska Offers Younger Raiola Quarterback

October 27, 2022

Mickey Joseph’s trip to Arizona focused on the future, even when confronted with the errors of the past.

Nebraska’s interim head coach went to the southwest and offered scholarships. There were the legacy candidates of Case and Bastian Vanden Bosch, the sons of former Husker great Kyle Vanden Bosch. There was also Ca’Lil Valentine, a junior running back for Chandler High School. The 4-star running back received his offer from Nebraska about the same time as those from Oregon, Utah, Boston College and Washington. Nebraska also offered Kennedy Urlacher, the son of NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher. Then Joseph inevitably got a look at the Chandler High quarterback––the one Nebraska couldn’t get.

The Huskers heavily recruited Dylan Raiola to Lincoln. After all, his father is a Husker legend and his uncle is Nebraska’s offensive line coach. After all, what program wouldn’t welcome the top composite recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports. But the high school junior  turned his attention away from Nebraska and committed to Ohio State in May. Raiola has thrown 17 touchdowns and three interceptions through seven games this season.

But Dylan wasn’t the only Raiola that Joseph saw on that trip. Freshman Dayton Raiola also garnered attention. Joseph and Donovan Raiola decided they’d do what they could there to pursue another in Dominic’s bloodline. By the end of the conversation the freshman received his first college scholarship offer.

Dayton Raiola is the sixth recruit in the Class of 2026 to receive a scholarship offer from Nebraska. Coaches also offered both Vanden Bosch brothers, Georgia athlete Devin Carter and Omaha receivers DaShawn Prince (Benson) and Champ Davis (North).

Recruit Watch

Nebraska coaches are still finalizing the list of visitors for the team’s first home game in nearly a month. Meanwhile, a few recruits tweeted their intentions to be in Lincoln this weekend.

Joseph Cryer, offensive lineman from Many High School in Louisiana, will be at Memorial Stadium. He’s a 3-star 6-foot-4, 290-pound junior interior lineman who received a scholarship offer from Nebraska earlier this month. Mikeshun Beeler from Simeon High School in Chicago will also be in attendance for the Illinois game. The junior hybrid defender received a scholarship offer from Husker coaches about two weeks ago. Keelan Smith, a 3-star junior tight end from Liberty North High School outside Kansas City, is scheduled to visit Lincoln this weekend.

Lincoln East’s Will Potratz received an invitation to Memorial Stadium for the Illinois and Minnesota games the next two weeks. Lincoln Southwest senior standout Cal Newell also received those invitations. Bellevue West junior athlete Isaiah McMorris will also visit Memorial Stadium and Nebraska. McMorris holds scholarship offers from Kansas and Texas Tech.

Two recruits announced new Nebraska offers the last two days. Kison Shepard, a 3-star junior lineman from Tennessee, and Jamel Howard Jr., a senior defensive tackle from Chicago, both received scholarship offers from Nebraska this week.


>> Collegiate Sports Associates is helping Nebraska in its search for a new head football coach. What’s become of other schools that hired football coaches with CSA’s help?

>> No. 1 Nebraska fell in straight sets to defending National Champion Wisconsin in straight sets on Wednesday night.

>> Mark your calendars, Nebraska’s 2023 football schedule is complete with a Friday AND a Thursday game.

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