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Nebraska Recruiting: Pair of Bellevue West 2024 Prospects Enjoy Husker Visit

September 12, 2021

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 Huskers hosted 30 visitors for the matchup against Buffalo. There were no official visitors in town but the Huskers did have several local prospects in Lincoln. It’s always valuable to get those prospects on campus to stay connected to the program as the talent continues to swell within the state.

Two of those prospects are 2024 prospects who already hold big-time offers. Wide receiver Dae’vonn Hall and quarterback Daniel Kaelin both made the trip to Lincoln for the game. They enjoyed their time on campus.

“It was great. (I) got to meet some of the other recruits and I got to talk to the coaches again which was awesome,” Hall said. “I love the atmosphere there.”

Hall noted that he was able to speak with in-state recruiting coordinator Barrett Ruud, as well as offensive coordinator Matt Lubick. Kaelin said that he enjoyed his trip to Lincoln as well. Just like Hall, he enjoyed the game day atmosphere at Memorial Stadium.

“The atmosphere of the stadium and the crowd was the biggest that stood out to me,” Kaelin said.

Getting to be down on the field for pregame warmups was a highlight for both prospects. Seeing the size up close of a Big Ten team gives the guys motivation.

“It was awesome to be in the middle of the field with all the fans in the stands,” Hall said. “You really get a taste of what it’s like out in a game. It’s beautiful at Memorial Stadium.”

Both Bellevue West prospects are playing key roles for the Thunderbirds, starting the season 3-0. That program is producing Division I players on a yearly basis now, with Hall and Kaelin hoping to join the fold in the future.

At this time, Hall doesn’t have any other visits planned for this fall. He’s an early top-100 recruit according to 247Sports. He holds offers from Iowa, Kansas State and Nebraska. Kaelin is the opposite and will have a busy schedule for the rest of this fall. The quarterback has early offers from Arizona State, Kansas, Nebraska and Florida State.

“I will be going to Notre Dame,” Kaelin said. “I also plan on getting down to Kansas State, Minnesota and Iowa as well.”

We should see plenty of these two prospects on the sidelines in Lincoln over the next couple seasons. The Huskers are off to a solid start with both. Atmospheres and wins like Saturday help the cause for Nebraska. These two will be coveted prospects in their class so making the early impression is key.

Recruit Watch

>> Check out the early season highlights from 2023 Lincoln Southeast outside linebacker Teitum Tuioti.

>> Another teammate of Hall and Kaelin’s, Kyrell Jordan enjoyed his trip to Lincoln too.

>> Lincoln Lutheran defensive end Jack L’Heureaux also had a good time at Memorial Stadium.

ICYMI

>> As Brandon Vogel writes, the Huskers kept the preferred path open for 2021 with the Buffalo win.

>> Connor Culp is staying positive after the Huskers win. Learn more about that and more (Premium) from the Nebraska versus Buffalo notebook.

>> From eight-man football to Big Ten linebacker, Luke Reimer’s success is not a surprise to those who know him.

>> Gabe Ervin led the running back room through a ‘tough’ performance against Buffalo.

>> Jacob Padilla’s play of the game (Premium) was Luke Reimer’s interception.

>> Check out the Hail Varsity photo gallery as the Huskers corralled Buffalo.

>> Nebraska volleyball let a lead slip away as No. 20 Utah rallied for a win in five. Jacob Padilla looked into defensive swings, hitting struggles and the right side rotation for his notebook.

>> Rahmir Johnson is looking to establish himself in the running back rotation according to Drake Keeler.

>> Nebraska opened as a 23-point underdog at Oklahoma.

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