At this point, nearly a dozen recruits are scheduled to visit Memorial Stadium for the upcoming Spring Game. That comes with less than a week until the Red-White scrimmage to cap the spring season. Based upon this coaching staff’s recruiting aggression, that number could soar between now and Saturday.
The nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle, Brandon Baker (Santa Ana, California), top-110 overall linebacker Dylan Williams (Long Beach, California) and safety Peyton Morgan (Pflugerville, Texas) are all 4-star recruits scheduled to visit. Three-star linebacker Willis McGahee IV (Miami, Florida), offensive lineman Landon Brown (Greensville, Mississippi) and edge rusher Jordan Ochoa (Castle View, Colorado) are also planning to visit alongside two Nebraska 2024 commits—Gibson Pyle and Ashton Murphy. In addition, 2026 athlete Kamarie Smith (Long Beach, California) is also in line to visit.
It’s tough to gather a ballpark number for possible Spring Game recruit numbers. Partially because the coaching staff is heavily recruiting all over the country, stretching attention from coast to coast. They heavily recruited on the road in January and invited a star-studded group for the same Junior Weekend last month. But at the same time, recruits visited Nebraska throughout all of spring ball. Recruits who may have potentially waited until the Spring Game to visit actually swung by Lincoln earlier in the spring during a practice day. Ochoa, for example, visited for a practice and decided to return to Lincoln for the Spring Game.
Had a great time today in Lincoln!! Thank you @HuskerFBNation for the hospitality, can’t wait to be back! @Coach_Knighton @HuskerCoachTW @Omeezi_ @Adam_DiMichele @RicoOchoa @SixZeroAcademy @CVFootballCoach #GBR pic.twitter.com/reV06TWcrw
— Jordan Ochoa (@Passrush4L) April 4, 2023
Nebraska hosted some priority recruits already this month. Japser, Texas, 3-star linebacker Tyanthony Smith, 4-star Connecticut edge rusher Jacob Smith, Bellevue West 3-star receiver Isaiah McMorris, Omaha Central 3-star offensive lineman Caleb Pyfrom, 3-star Minnesota edge rusher Wyatt Gilmore and West Des Moines 3-star offensive lineman Kyle Rakers all visited this month. Smith visited during the Junior Day weekend and considers Nebraska among his top schools. Kamar Mothudi, a 4-star linebacker from Los Angeles, plans to visit Nebraska for the first time on Thursday.
— Tyanthony “Ty” Smith (@Tyanthonysmith1) April 15, 2023
There’s also been an emphasis on in-state talent in recent weeks. Omaha Westside’s Christian Jones, Teddy and Anthony Rezac, Lincoln North Star’s Jayden Potter, Papillion-La Vista’s Eric Ingwerson, Lincoln Southeast’s Cooper Johnson and Pierre Allen Jr., Omaha North’s Sebastian Circo and Tyson Terry, Norfolk’s Rowdy Bauer, Boone Central’s Parker Borer, Norris’s Jax Gates, Elkhorn South’s Brady Bosquet, Millard North’s Pierce Mooberry and York’s Leyton Snodgrass all visited within the last two weeks.
— Pierce Mooberry (@MooberryPierce) April 16, 2023
Any one of them, or the numerous recruits contacted over the last five months, could show up on the sidelines for the first competitive taste of the Matt Rhule era inside Memorial Stadium.
Jaylen Lloyd broke an Omaha Westside record with a 47-foot, 3.5-inch leap in the triple jump over the weekend. Lloyd will join the Nebraska track team next season and he’ll join the football team this summer.
Nebraska extended a scholarship offer to Kaiki Baker from Hillsboro, Tennessee. He’s a 2024 safety who played alongside current Husker cornerback Syncere Safeeullah in Tennessee. That’s the first Power 5 offer for the speedster safety. Following a recent visit, Moore, Oklahoma athlete CJ Simon received an offer from Nebraska. It’s the first Big Ten offer for the multi-sport athlete who’s also received offers from Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
Nebraska also offered 2025 receiver Tanook Hines from Houston earlier this weekend. Hines had 50 catches for 815 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Dynamic 2025 athlete Hayezon Tobe received an offer from Nebraska on Saturday, his first Division I offer so far. Tobe largely played cornerback and receiver last season while accounting for 1,498 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions.
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