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Nebraska Recruiting: National Recruits Come To Watch Huskers’ Win

October 02, 2022

Prominent recruits experienced a rowdy Memorial Stadium and cleansing 35-21 Nebraska win on Saturday.

The Indiana game provided Nebraska a final opportunity to host recruits before a two-week road trip this month. It also gave recruits a glimpse at Nebraska after various coaching changes.

New Orleans 3-star defensive back Arnold Barnes tweeted from Lincoln and soaked in the atmosphere. He clarified on Sunday that he remained committed to Tulane. Barnes is a 5-foot-9 sprinter in his senior season at Booker T. Washington High School.

Cordero Walker, a 6-foot junior quarterback from Brownsville, Tennessee, came to Lincoln for the game. The dual threat prospect is the third-ranked receiver in Tennessee after leading the team to an undefeated season as a sophomore.

Another Tennessee prospect, 3-star defensive back Stephen Ellison, enjoyed his visit to Lincoln. The Oakland High School junior has received seven scholarship offers so far, including Mississippi and Toledo, after a sophomore season where he made 77 tackles and 7 PBUs. Caleb Ellison, a sophomore linebacker, also came to Lincoln.

The Huskers also hosted Texas prospect Kohen Brown on an unofficial visit. The high school freshman from Waxahachie in the Dallas metro area plays receiver and defensive back. He also plays centerfield and pitcher during baseball season.

Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts visited recruits while on the sidelines during Saturday’s game.

Recruit Watch

This weekend provided plenty of fireworks for in-state prospects.

Bellevue West and Gretna lived up to the hype as Husker target Daniel Kaelin led the Thunderbirds’ offense. Kaelin, a junior, finished 30 of 50 for 325 yards and four total touchdowns, three in the air. One of those touchdown passes went to Dae’vonn Hall on a back shoulder throw in the third quarter. Colin Sims, a 6-foot junior receiver target for Nebraska, and Gretna came out with the win.

Ainsworth 4-star tight end Carter Nelson picked up his 10th Division I offer last week, this one from Baylor. The eight-man standout helped the Bulldogs come back from a 24-0 deficit to beat No. 1 Elgin/Pope John 52-44. Nelson tallied a few touchdowns and snagged the sealing interception on Friday before coming to Lincoln for Saturday’s game.

Nebraska commit Brock Knutson and Scottsbluff gutted out an overtime win over Waverly on the road. Knutson and the line muscled forward throughout. Sebastien Boyle, Scottsbluff’s running back the Huskers have extended visit invitations to, punched in a touchdown for the Bearcats.

Football commit Gunnar Gottula, baseball commit Max Buettenbach and Nebraska football target Cooper Johnson fell in overtime to rival Lincoln Southwest. Buettenbach scored one of Southeast’s two touchdowns, both came on short-yardage pushes from linemen Gottula and Johnson.

Lincoln East standout and 4-star receiver Malachi Coleman was again blanketed throughout the Spartans’ loss to Millard South. He came to Memorial Stadium for yet another visit. He’ll go to Miami for his visit of the Hurricanes’ game while the Huskers play at Rutgers next weekend.


>> There was a lot of good, some bad and even some unexpected from Nebraska’s game against Indiana.

>> Trey Palmer’s 71-yard reception was the breakout play Nebraska needed to beat the Hoosiers.

>> A resurgent defense emerged to shut down Indiana in the second half.

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