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Nebraska Recruiting: Sam Koch Says Son Kamdyn’s Kicking Legacy Due to Dedication, Drive

June 13, 2023

Commitment and sacrifice led Kamdyn Koch to Lincoln last weekend for Nebraska specialist camp in Memorial Stadium. On Saturday, Nebraska’s coaching staff and some Huskers led the camp geared towards kicking, punting and kickoffs. Kamdyn, son of Husker legend Sam Koch, made the trip with his son when he received a scholarship offer. He joined Chris Schmidt and Elijah Herbal for Monday’s episode of Hail Varsity Radio to discuss the situation.

Kamdyn’s recruitment process started kicking off between his sophomore and junior year at Winters Mill in Westminster, Maryland. That’s when Sam noticed a change in his son’s football mentality.

“For him to go out and spend all those hours on his own and to practice his craft and do everything he needed to do to get to this moment is definitely paying off,” Sam said. Kamdyn started film his workouts for critiques and to send college coaches. One of those ended up in front of Ed Foley, who combed through Kamdyn’s tape before last weekend’s camp. Foley asked Sam some questions to get to know more before Kamdyn showed his skills to the Husker coaching staff. That’s when it all came together and another Husker legacy became the ninth member of the Nebraska 2024 recruiting class.

Sam’s children knew the ties and importance of Husker football within the family. Neither of Sam’s older sons ultimately went to Nebraska. Kamdyn also dreamed of going to Nebraska but Sam weighted his dreams when his older sons didn’t go to Lincoln. Braxton, one of his sons, dreamed of punting at Nebraska. That dream was set aside after he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. So Kamdyn set about achieving his brother’s dream.

“He wanted to pick that up for Braxton and do that for his brother,” Sam said. “It’s definitely a cool story and how this was his dream.”

Sam also said he likes what the new coaching staff is doing at Nebraska and he believes good things are on the way for the program.

Recruit Watch

Nebraska dealt out a handful of new offers to start the week. Tristan Johnson, born in Lincoln who now plays at Hurst Bell in Texas, announced an offer on Sunday. He’s a 2024 defensive lineman who previously came to Lincoln for a visit in the spring. The Huskers also offered 2024 receiver Quinn Clark from Gallatin High in Bozeman, Montana. He showed his size (6-foot-5) and versatility during weekend camps and walked away with his first Power 5 offer. Brayden Platt, a 2024 4-star linebacker from Yelm, Washington, received an offer. He’s fast and explosive with official visits this summer to Oregon, Oklahoma and UCLA. Nebraska also offered 2025 offensive lineman Joshua Williams from Haverford, Pennsylvania. He’s 6-foot-5, 300 pounds and ran the 100 in 12.8 seconds this spring.

Another recent offer went to an in-state standout. Bishop Neumann’s Conor Booth, a 2025 running back, announced his first offer on Tuesday. Booth ran for 964 yards with 20 total touchdowns as a sophomore last season. He’s another promising worker out of Warren Academy, which has also been a workout home to current 2025 commits Caden VerMaas and Tyson Terry.


>> Husker legend Jordan Larson will join John Cook’s coaching staff at Nebraska as a full-time assistant. This move coincides with an NCAA rule change that allows three full-time volleyball assistants, effective July 1.

>> Nebraska officially hires Rob Childress as pitching coach and Wichita State assistant Mike Siranni in an assistant role on Tuesday. Childress previously served an administrative role after coaching Nebraska’s pitchers during the legendary mid-2000s College World Series run.

>> Lincoln North Star graduate Josiah Allick is happy to be back home and at Nebraska. But his decision to transfer from New Mexico was made out of his basketball future, not sentimentality.

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