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Nebraska’s 2023 recruiting class sits at 14 commitments after Sunday’s addition of EDGE Ashley Williams Jr. When you consider Nebraska only had a few commitments at this time last year for its 2022 class, it’s clear the Huskers are ahead of the game in 2023.
That’s not all though. Nebraska is also ahead on commitments when you look at every Scott Frost-Huskers recruiting class to date, which we discussed earlier on our YouTube channel.
What’s the biggest reason for this change (at least in my opinion)? I point toward new wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. He has connections—especially in Louisiana—and there is a reason Nebraska loops him in on the recruitment of prospects beyond his position group and even the state of Louisiana. It’s clear he can be an asset when it comes to connecting with recruits and their families.
Looking at his specific position group though, Joseph has landed three receivers for the 2023 class: Jaidyn Doss, Barry Jackson and Omarion Miller. He has also put Nebraska in a strong position for Malachi Coleman, a 4-star receiver—and consensus Top 100 prospect—from Lincoln (Nebraska) East High School.
Take what Miller had to say about Joseph after his visit to Nebraska in early June.
“He was one of the main reasons why I committed to LSU. He’s a coach that wants to develop you and make you a better man and a better player,” Miller told Hail Varsity. “Me and Coach have been knowing each other a while. We have a connection that runs deep. One of the main things I like about him is he’s going to be straight up with you and tell you everything you need to know.“
It’s not just Joseph impressing on the recruiting trail in 2023 either. Special teams coordinator Bill Busch has gone to work building on Nebraska’s footprint in the Kansas City and Missouri areas. The Huskers have tried in the area over the years, but have yet to establish the pipeline of prospects that they’d like to have consistently. The last scholarship commitments from the area were Jaevon McQuitty in 2017 and Bob Wilson in 2016.
Applewhite, on the other hand, is still looking for a running back for the 2023 class. It’s not a necessity, as pointed out in the previous notebook, but it would be nice for Nebraska to have. There is likely to be attrition at running back post-season, so some security wouldn’t hurt.
Despite where Applewhite stands with recruiting his room, however, he did help secure the commitments of Riley Van Poppel and Dylan Rogers from Texas. Each had impressive offer lists too, with Nebraska beating out the likes of Michigan and Arkansas for Van Poppel and Colorado and Texas for Rogers.
What’s next for Nebraska on the recruiting trail? With 14 commitments in the class already, it’s hard to say what we’ll see next. That’s mostly because some of the commitments in the last couple of weeks were a bit of a surprise, especially with moving timelines up to commit earlier than expected.
There are still plenty of prospects out there and Nebraska’s new assistant coaches—led by Joseph—are likely not slowing down when it comes to establishing those connections. Obviously results on the field will play a big piece in all of this, but we’ll get there soon enough. Today, we can appreciate what’s been done on the recruiting trail so far as we wait for the season to arrive.
>> Curious about Nebraska’s 2023 recruiting class breakdown as of July 11? Here’s where the group stands:
Quarterback: William “Pop” Watson
Offensive Line: Gunnar Gottula, Brock Knutson, Sam Sledge
Wide Receiver: Jaidyn Doss, Barry Jackson, Omarion Miller
Tight End: Ben Brahmer
Defensive Line: Riley Van Poppel
EDGE: Maverick Noonan, Ashley Williams Jr.
Linebacker: Hayden Moore, Dylan Rogers
Cornerback: Dwight Bootle
>> Speaking of both Joseph and Doss, the wide receiver commit shared a photo of the duo on Monday.
— Jaidyn Doss (@JaidynDoss) July 11, 2022
>> Brandon Vogel and I sat down to chat about Nebraska’s 2023 recruiting class so far.
>> Derrick Walker had a breakout season in 2021-22, and with the 6-foot-9 post set to return, Jacob Padilla took a look at what made him so effective last season.
>> The Nebraska women’s basketball team will face Virginia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
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— Big Ten Women's Basketball (@B1Gwbball) July 11, 2022
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.