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Nebraska Recruiting: Rising 2023 Texas Pass Rusher Excited to Meet Coaches in Person

April 03, 2022

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.


We are less than one week away from Nebraska’s Red-White Spring Game. The game is always a big one for recruiting efforts but this year is poised to be one of the biggest. There will be prospects from all over the country making their way to Lincoln for the showcase event.

One player that might not be on Husker fans’ radar right now is 2023 Texas EDGE Caleb Otlewski. The Melissa High School star (6-4, 210) told Hail Varsity that he will be at the game.

What’s driving his interest in the Huskers? The relationships he’s building with the Nebraska coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander came to his school during the contact period.

“All the coaches and staff there are really nice people,” Otlewski said. “I enjoy talking to them and I like getting on the phone with them. They invited me to go down there last month for one of their junior days but I wasn’t able to make it because of the roads being icy, so I’m going to go up there next weekend. I’m excited about that to get on campus see the facilities and meet the coaches in person.”

The defender currently plays linebacker for his high school team. There are schools that project him at defensive end and think he will continue to add muscle mass. The Huskers like him as a pass rushing defender off the edge. It doesn’t matter to Otlewski where he plays on the field. He says that he will go where the coaches tell him and play the position that helps the team out most.

There are things about outside linebacker that he enjoys.

“I think it requires a lot of teamwork at outside linebacker,” Otlewski said. “You are like a defensive end but you’re standing up. I like to hit the quarterback. That’s my favorite thing to do. I like to get off the edge and full speed and make a play but you also get to drop out for pass protection and get a couple of picks. Then you also have to keep containment and help stop there run.”

Otlewski was active on the field during his junior season. He had 94 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, one interception and two punt blocks. He also stars on the baseball diamond where he plays right field and pitcher. Otlewski even topped out at 92 MPH on the mound last year. His baseball coach and the football team’s running backs coach will be joining him on the trip to Lincoln.

The Texan has eight scholarship offers right now. They include Nebraska, Jackson State and North Texas. Growing up with a single mom and one of three kids, Otlewski said that he is looking for a family environment at the college he chooses.

“I’m looking for brotherhood and family. Coaches that are gonna be like a father figure,” Otlewski said. “I need coaches that are gonna push me to do my schoolwork. Plus, do my job on the field. That’s what I love about football, it’s teamwork. You can’t do anything by yourself. I’m also looking for academics. I want to be a health and science major because I want to be a dentist one day.”

Recruit Watch

>> Lincoln East 2023 4-star athlete Malachi Coleman picked up another big offer. This one came in from Oregon.

>> Omaha Westside 2024 defensive back Caleb Benning was offered by Iowa after a visit to check out the Hawkeyes.

>> Nebraska 2023 defensive end target Karter Menz got an offer from Minnesota this weekend.

ICYMI

>> The secret is out on ‘selfless’ 4-star Malachi Coleman.

>> Change has benefitted Oliver Martin who is ready to show what he can do.

>> Jacob Padilla has a Nebraska volleyball notebook that dives into scheduling news, player updates and more.

>> Drake’s Takes looking into Nebraska basketball transfers and discusses Deshaun Watson.

>> Another Aurora Husky is making noise in Nebraska’s tight end room as Steve Marik wrote.

>> The Huskers‘ offense exploded for 17 runs and 16 hits—and a grand slam, its second in as many days—in a series-sweep at Ohio State on Sunday.

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