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Nebraska Recruiting: Recent Home Games Beneficial for Getting QB Targets on Campus

October 13, 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.


Some trends are starting to develop as visit days start to stack up for home games this season. There are always so many things happening on a weekend when Nebraska has a home game that it’s easy to miss them. There is also a lot of talk about with who is visiting Nebraska for an official visit. That’s been an interesting topic of conversation this year because of the lack of official visits. We all know by this point that it’s because the class will be small.

I do still think we could see more official visitors late in the season. Three of the Huskers’ last four games are at home.

One of the growing storylines from visits this season has to do with the most important position on the field. Have you noticed that Nebraska has done a nice job of getting its top quarterback targets on campus? There have also been a handful of other intriguing signal-callers that have made their way to Lincoln.

Let’s go back to the Fordham game. That was the Huskers’ first home game of the season. It’s also when 2024 Bellevue West quarterback Daniel Kaelin visited campus.

The young quarterback has been to several campuses this fall and holds a handful of early offers. The Northwestern game hit and with it brought the Huskers number one target for the 2024 recruiting class. Texas quarterback Dylan Raiola was in town for that game with his family. That included his dad, Husker legend Dominic Raiola. Dylan was impressed with what he saw that weekend.

“Nebraska, it was awesome. I got to show my whole family,” Raiola said. “My dad got to bring his mom back. She hasn’t been there since he left to the NFL. It was good to just bring the whole family along. Just their experience was great.”

The Michigan game also featured some intriguing quarterbacks on the sidelines before the game. Most notably, 2023 quarterback Reese Mooney was in town. The Louisiana native is recovering from a broken ankle that ended his junior season. While he was in Lincoln it was communicated to him that he is Nebraska’s top quarterback target for that cycle. That wasn’t the only memorable thing about the trip to Mooney.

“The fan base. They are so into the game the whole game and they stay the whole game,” Mooney said. “The new facilities they are building are going to be crazy.”

Mooney wasn’t the only quarterback visiting for the Michigan game. The Huskers also had a pair of 2025 prospects at the game. Jack Wallace, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback from Iowa attended the game. So did Mikey Gow, who is the starting quarterback on varsity for Bellevue East.

There could be more quarterbacks that visit Nebraska this season. The team has done a nice job of getting the targets they’ve identified on campus this season. That should pay off down the road for the program that knows getting players on campus is its number one selling point.

Recruit Watch

>> Former Bellevue West quarterback and current IWCC star Nate Glantz was offered by Tennessee State.

>> Recent Nebraska 2023 offeree Zak Yamauchi got a slew of edits from the team that he showed on social media.

ICYMI

>> The Huskers landed a commitment for the 2022 class when Millard South athlete Gage Stenger committed to the team.

>> I spoke with Stenger’s coach Andy Means about what the Huskers are getting (Premium) in his star player.

>> The Mind Your Own Podcast is back this week and Erin Sorensen and Sausha Durkan are talking about the work that is still yet to be done.

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag including thoughts on Erik Chinander’s future, three more wins and more.

>> Bryce Benhart and Levi Falck are headed back home this week (Premium) and they both want to beat the hometown Gophers.

>> Jacob Padilla tackled Nebraska taking the next step, Cam Taylor-Britt and Dalano Banton’s NBA preseason in Padding the Stats.

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