Matt Rhule’s intent to make Texas a focused recruiting pipeline to Nebraska is clearly evident in his staff’s approach. They’ve offered scholarships to over 50 high school juniors from Texas.
Following works looking at in-state recruiting and potential top-priority recruits from across the country, it’s worth focusing on Texas alone. Here are some recruits Nebraska could make a run for in 2024.
Micah Hudson, wide receiver: The junior standout from Lake Belton in Temple, Texas, is a composite 5-star, top-10 national recruit. He’s an elusive, speedy, strong, big playmaker who has tallied 3,600 combined receiving and rushing yards and 39 touchdowns. A high-profile quarterback recruit could help make Nebraska an exciting destination for a receiver of his caliber.
Mario Buford, cornerback: The brother of Husker safety Marques Buford Jr. recently said Nebraska’s continued to recruit him more than anyone else. The Buford brothers are close and Mario is a composite 4-star corner whose stock is rising after a state championship campaign. Expect him to increase his recruitment activity this spring into summer.
Aeryn Hampton, athlete: One of the most dynamic utility athletes from Texas has Nebraska in his final seven schools. Of course, the Huskers have to compete with schools like Alabama and Texas, both of which appeal to him. Nebraska’s coaching staff could use their momentum going forward to attract this touchdown machine if they get a date locked for a visit.
Caleb Mitchell Irving, defensive line: He was a former teammate of Buford at DeSoto before transferring to Dallas Episcopal last season. Mitchell Irving is disciplined, strong, fast and relentless in pursuit. He could provide defensive line depth while creating multiplicity in Nebraska’s defense with his athleticism.
Tyanthony Smith, linebacker: Right now, the Jasper High prospect is a composite 3-star recruit but recruiting experts say he has 5-star developmental potential. He’s fast on the second level and a consistent tackler. With offers from USC, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Alabama, it will take a big push for Nebraska to stay high on his list.
Ian Flynt, tight end: The Husker legacy enjoyed his previous visit to Nebraska. He’s a 3-star recruit who just received an invite to the Under Armour Next Camp in Texas. Flynt is getting stronger, leading to better marks in shot put in discus. His father threw at Nebraska and his sister is joining the Nebraska track team.
Composite 3-star defensive lineman TJ Lindsey of Bryant, Arkansas, is on the rise. The 2024 prospect further impressed at the Arkansas Elite event this weekend, just a month after his promise at the national combine. Lindsey dropped into coverage and broke up a pass this weekend. Experts measured him with a 78-inch wingspan and 100-inch reach at the combine.
That’s 2024 Bryant DL TJ Lindsey (@TjLindsey_) back in coverage. Playing both tight end and linebacker today pic.twitter.com/AHEXDkaiUn
— Andrew Hattersley (@AndrewHatts) February 11, 2023
Also at the Battle for Vegans 7-on-7 events this weekend was the Nebraska Elite teams, featuring homegrown recruits. Recruits like 2024 Papillion-La Vista standout Jordan Barrientos stood out, The Nebraska Elite U12 team, featuring future prospects, went 2-1 in pool play during the weekend.
>> Nebraska once trailed Wisconsin by 17 points on Saturday. Then the Huskers rallied to overcome that deficit and force overtime, where they clinched victory. Check out our photo gallery of the game here.
>> This last weekend was the 2023 Heartland Hoops Classic. Here’s the Hail Varsity recap of the action from Grand Island.
>> Nebraska’s road upset bid of No. 12 Michigan fell short earlier Sunday, as the Wolverines sweated out a 80-75 win.