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Nebraska Recruiting: Recent Scholarship Offer Connects Husker Legend With New Staff

January 17, 2023

Nebraska coaches are back on the recruiting trail this week. That involves more in-state visits, as well as high school visits across Dallas and Chicago. Some are deliberate visits with priority recruits while other stops are simply relationship building. A proverbial flag plant among fertile recruiting soil.

But one of the program’s recent scholarship offers actually reached out to Nebraska first. In fact, he made contact during the interim coaching limbo last fall with the help of a Husker legend.

Grant Wistrom, now a coach at Glendale High School in Springfield, Missouri, asked one of his players which schools he wanted to hear from. At the time, Kellen Lindstrom was getting calls from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. But Lindstrom said he was interested in Nebraska. The allure of the block N, intertwined with the most dominant college football program in the previous generation, still resonated with him. So Wistrom brought Lindstrom up for the Wisconsin game. That frigid home finale gave the high school junior an idea of the opportunity Nebraska could provide. Wistrom told Chris Schmidt and Elijah Herbal on the November 18 episode of Hail Varsity Radio it was the kind of game he loved playing in. It separated those who love football and grind for it, from those who shy from the toil. That’s partially why he brought Lindstrom to Lincoln.

“I wouldn’t have called the school if I didn’t believe that about him,” Wistrom said. “He’s the kind of kid that does what you ask him to do. He shows up in the weight room at 5 o’clock in the offseason and this is a kid that wants to be a good football player. That’s what we need to get back to recruiting.”

Nebraska reaffirmed its interest in Lindstrom earlier this week. He received a scholarship offer this last weekend. The defensive lineman stands at 6 foot 6 and 240 pounds. His offer announcement tagged linebackers coach Rob Dvoracek and defensive line coach Terrance Knighton. His athleticism and size would allow him to play on the edge or in a more conventional linebacker position in Tony White’s defense. The junior is unranked and unrated in the composite but received a 3-star rating from 247Sports. According to MaxPreps, he has 163 tackles (90 solo) and 10.0 TFLs in the last two seasons.

Recruit Watch

Recruiting the 2023 class hasn’t ended. Nebraska’s making a strong push for Demitrius Bell, a composite 4-star athlete from Nashville. He’s taking a visit to Lincoln this weekend, just over a month after his initial offer from Nebraska. Michigan State and Kentucky are among the other schools reportedly high on his list. Senior tight end Ismael Smith Flores from Texas is due in Nebraska this weekend as well. So is 3-star senior defensive lineman Sua Lefotu, a former Washington commit who still hasn’t signed with the Huskies.

Nebraska’s coaching staff handed out a few scholarship offers while on the road the last few days. Looking into the future, the Huskers offered freshman linebacker Zachary Brown out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In recruiting circles, however, he’s classified as an athlete.

Bryant Wesco, a junior at Midlothian, Texas, received an offer from Nebraska. He’s a composite 4-star receiver and track standout on the outskirts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Wesco’s father is a former All-American jumper whose outdoor and indoor records still stand at Louisiana Tech.

And Nebraska extended a scholarship offer to sophomore tight end Davon Mitchell earlier today. Mitchell is a composite 5-star recruit and the No. 1 tight end in the country out of the 2025 recruiting class. He comes off a season with 33 catches, 726 yards and nine touchdowns. Mitchell is also considered a top 30 overall recruit in the 2025 class. He’s already received two dozen scholarship offers at Allen, Texas, nestled north of Plano but still in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Wednesday, January 18, marks the close of the transfer portal. It’s worth noting it’s just the deadline for players to submit their intentions to enter the portal to the school’s compliance department. Because of timing, more portal announcements may come out in the following days. The deadline applies to those entering the transfer portal. Transfers do not need to commit or sign to a school by that specific deadline.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska high school basketball is back in full swing following a wild weekend. We’ve got some takeaways from the action.

>> Omaha Burke utility player Mason Jones took Nebraska’s new coaching staff up on its offer and committed to a preferred walk-on spot with the Huskers.

>> While Nebraska’s football coaching staff is out on the recruiting trail, players prepare for winter conditioning. Hail Varsity highlighted a few returning Huskers who could benefit from impressing the new coaching staff with a strong winter, starting with defensive players.

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