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Nebraska Recruiting: Matt Rhule and Staff Placing Emphasis on Camps This Summer

May 11, 2023

There’s no summer break for Nebraska football. Head coach Matt Rhule and his coaching staff are putting an emphasis on camps, as well as long recruiting stretches.

Rhule spoke to reporters briefly after speaking to the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and its members on Wednesday. At that time, the head coach mentioned the weekend of June 23 is the primary recruiting weekend for Nebraska. Coaches plan to host recruits the weekend before. Rhule is intentionally separating recruiting stretches from camps.

“We want to really have a focus on camp,” Rhule said. “Not just for this class but for the ’26s. I’m looking at ’24s right now and I don’t know how fast they run. I don’t know that because I didn’t have them in the year before. We’re going to go down to Texas for camps, we’re going to do them here.”

As of now, Nebraska coaches—Rhule and all 10 full-time assistants—will be at Belton (outside Temple) and Houston. Two Lake Belton standouts, Micah Hudson and Selman Bridges, are top-10 recruits in Texas and top-50 nationally. Nebraska offered both but did not make the most recent finalists lists for either. Rhule admits he changed his tune on satellite camps over the years and wants to utilize the staff’s ties to Texas. Those camps are scheduled for a Monday and Tuesday. Coaches will then return immediately to Lincoln for summer practices afterwards.

Nebraska could host a handful of recruits the first weekend of June. As of now, three class of 2024 recruits plan visits that weekend. The coaching staff wants to be deliberate with the recruits they invite this summer. However, the NCAA removing a cap on official visits recruits can take opened new possibilities. The head coach also acknowledged the staff may wait to heavily recruit some standouts until they see them perform this upcoming season. While some recruits could commit by that point, it won’t stop this staff from recruiting.

“And I’ll be honest, I also want to wait through the season for some guys,” Rhule said. “Just because a kid committed somewhere else, we’re going to be respectful, but we hope we’re still viable for some guys especially if we look like a good football team in the fall.”

As of now, Nebraska has three visits scheduled the week of June 12-19 and three the following week for that primary weekend. So far that primary weekend includes Bellevue West standout receivers Isaiah McMorris (3 stars) and Dae’vonn Hall (4 stars), and 3-star edge rusher Adam Kissayi from American Heritage in Palm Bay, Florida.

Recruit Watch

The in-state offer finally came in. Omaha Westside 3-star athlete Teddy Rezac announced on Thursday he received a scholarship offer from Nebraska. This comes nearly a week after the state champion received an offer from Notre Dame. Rezac had 414 receiving yards and four touchdowns on offense last season, 62 total tackles on defense.

Nebraska extended scholarship offers elsewhere earlier this week. Rico Schrieber, a 2026 offensive tackle from Marist High in Chicago, announced an offer. He’s already 6-foot-7, 310 pounds with offers from Miami and Boston College since his offer from Nebraska. Dejerrian Miller, a 2025 3-star receiver from East St. Louis, added an offer from Nebraska to his portfolio. Multiple Big Ten schools, including Michigan, sent offers his way. The Huskers extended an offer to 2025 4-star edge rusher Chris Burgess Jr. of Simeon in Chicago. He holds offers from Texas A&M, Miami, USC and Auburn as well.

Breck Kolojay, a 2026 offensive lineman, announced an offer from Nebraska. He plays at IMG Academy following a move from Littleton, Colorado. Hayden Lowe, a 2025 3-star defensive lineman from Oaks Christian in Los Angeles, now holds an offer from Nebraska. Four-star 2025 tight end Kaleb Edwards from Oak Ridge in El Dorado Hills, California, received an offer. Nebraska’s call followed multiple from Pac-12 schools. Amare Sanders, a 3-star 2024 corner from Gulliver Prep in Miami, received an offer. He made 49 tackles, 7 PBUs and 2 INTs across eight games in his first year of high school football last season.

The Huskers offered 2024 4-star linebacker Davhon Keyes from Aledo, Texas. Keyes’ profile is surging on the heels of a successful track season and his commitment to LSU in March. The Huskers also offered Lance Jackson, a 2025 4-star defensive lineman from Pleasant Grove in Texarkana, Texas. He made first-team all-district at both tight end and defensive end as a sophomore last season. Promising 2027 athlete Zane Rowe, in Little Elm, Texas, received an offer from Nebraska after announcing offers from Texas A&M and Georgia.

Temerrick Johnson, a 2024 linebacker from Midlothian Heritage in Texas, announced an offer from Nebraska. He made 77 tackles, 12 TFLs and 6.0 sacks in the last two seasons. London Smith, a 2026 athlete from Waco University High in Texas, and Keisean Henderson, a 2026 receiver from Spring Legacy in Texas, both received offers. Smith is the reigning district offensive newcomer of the year (36 catches, 600 yards, six touchdowns) and Henderson tallied 74 catches, 1,135 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.


>> A handful of former Nebraska high school basketball standouts entered the transfer portal this offseason. Some are transferring to major Division I programs. Hail Varsity staff writer Jacob Padilla takes a look at the possible evaluation errors for in-state talent in his latest Padding The Stats.

>> The Nebraska softball team plays Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament tonight after the hosts upset Wisconsin in the first round. Prime yourself with the latest episode of Behind The Plate, featuring special guest Big Ten analyst Mattie Fowler Burkhardt.

>> A battle at setter is brewing among the Nebraska volleyball team. Head coach John Cook said Kennedi Orr and Bergen Reilly will continue to compete for the position throughout the summer.

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