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Nebraska Recruiting: Joseph Wants To Be A Closer For Commits

September 29, 2022

Nebraska tweeted one of its practice teaser videos on Wednesday night. Clips of drill and team work consolidated into 30 seconds.

That clip gained more traction than other practice teasers because of interim head coach Mickey Joseph. The final clip is Joseph surrounded by huddled players. He tells them to be hunters and not the hunted. Because Nebraska, they’re going to hunt.

Joseph reiterated that mentality after Thursday’s practice. He was also asked if that mentality carried into recruiting. Joseph explained that it’s a little different.

“When you’re going out to recruit, the kids’ hunted already, you already know who you’re out to get,” Joseph said. “Because right now we’re going out to get Power 5 kids. So the table’s already set for them, when they go out they just got to close the deal. And I’ve got to be a closer.”

The Huskers could use a closer with a few key recruits still out.

Defensive back target Ryan Robinson announced on Wednesday that he’ll graduate high school in December so he can enroll in college early. He’s a 3-star New Orleans prospect Joseph’s been recruiting without a commitment. Florida State, Oregon, Tennessee have all offered Robinson but he said in August that his decision was down to Nebraska and Oregon. The 5-foot-10, 167-pound senior holds 26 scholarship offers in total.

Nebraska also put a new offer out, this one to Omaha Central junior lineman Caleb Pyfrom. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle announced the offer on Wednesday. Pyfrom received invitations to games earlier this season, including the Oklahoma bout. He’s one of the initial Class of 2024 prospects to announce they’ve been offered a scholarship at Nebraska.

Nebraska also continues to recruit Iowa Western CC standout linemen Quientrail Jamison-Travis and Anterio Thompson. Jamison-Travis is an explosive 6-foot-5, 300-pound defensive tackle and Thompson’s athleticism at 6-foot-3, 300 pounds is stands out on film. Together they standout for the undefeated Reivers on a defense that’s allowed just 20 points through four games. Head coach Scott Strohmeier said both linemen are still interested in Nebraska but aren’t committing because of the head coaching uncertainty.

Recruit Watch

This is a big weekend for in-state recruits. Lincoln East and national standout Malachi Coleman face Millard South (Brock Murtaugh and JR Lecuona) to start the action tonight.

Creighton Prep, with commit Sam Sledge and prospects Pierce Mooberry and Ezra Vedral, face Omaha Central and the aforementioned Pyfrom on Friday. Also on Friday night is the historic rivalry between Lincoln Southeast and Southwest. The Silver Hawks are filled with young talent who haven’t made it on Nebraska’s radar while the Knights boast Husker commit Gunnar Gottula and fellow lineman Cooper Johnson.

The marquee matchup this weekend is Gretna hosting Bellevue West. Husker receiver target Colin Sims and Oklahoma State commit Zane Flores lead the way for Gretna. The Thunderbirds feature Nebraska prospects Daniel Kaelin, Dae’vonn Hall, Isaiah McMorris and Araf Evans. Hall is a 4-star receiver and top in-state recruit in the 2024 class while Kaelin is reconsidering Nebraska as an option after receiving offers from Duke and Michigan State. McMorris is among the state leaders in receiving yards and Evans is a promising freshman who received an invitation to the Oklahoma game.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska tried to simplify things going into this weekend’s Indiana game.

>> New defensive coordinator Bill Busch is focusing on rallying the defense after a substandard start.

>> Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple wants to shake the offense’s frustrating Oklahoma performance on Saturday.

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