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Nebraska Recruiting: Tracking Transfer Movements 10 Days Before Portal Closes

January 08, 2023

Over a month in and less than two weeks remain until the current transfer portal period closes. There was significant initial movement but things have slowed since. Nebraska is still hosting some portal standouts with an aim at building depth.

Nebraska hosted two offensive linemen and one receiver this weekend. Both are positions where offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield and/or head coach Matt Rhule indicated they wanted to build depth at.

Former Stanford offensive tackle Walter Rouse entered the portal in mid-December and visited Lincoln this weekend. He’s also being pursued by Iowa. Former Virginia wide receiver Billy Kemp visited and is getting attention from NC State. Former Baylor offensive guard Micah Mazzccua visited Nebraska, Auburn and Florida, in that order, this weekend. He’ll announce his decision Tuesday. Nebraska could still gain the commitment from former Arkansas quarterback Malik Hornsby, who has wiped his Instagram page of anything but his declaration for the portal and pictures from his official visit to Lincoln.

Nebraska’s already secured seven portal additions. Former Florida long snapper Marco Ortiz, linebacker Chief Borders and cornerback Corey Collier, former Arizona State offensive lineman Ben Scott, former Texas A&M defensive lineman Elijah Jeudy, former Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims and former Baylor wide receiver Josh Fleeks. Former Huskers have also found homes. Kicker Charlie Weinrich is off to Kansas. Running back Jaquez Yant committed to Florida A&M. Defensive lineman Marquis Black just committed to Western Kentucky and defensive back Jaden Gould is headed to Syracuse. Offensive lineman Brant Banks committed to Rice and rising linebacker Ernest Hausmann signed with Michigan.

Mosai Newsom, Kevin Williams Jr., Kamonte Grimes, Decoldest Crawford and Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda all entered the portal at some point since the season began and are without destinations. Garcia-Castaneda, who caught Nebraska’s touchdown on its opening drive in Ireland, entered the portal during the window that followed Scott Frost’s termination. Williams Jr. was back in Lincoln this weekend. Crawford announced “I’m coming back” on an Instagram live last week and teased a return to Lincoln but officially remains in the portal. Garcia-Castaneda is still in search of a fourth football team.

Recruit Watch

Nebraska signee Malachi Coleman was recognized as a trending athlete at the end of the All-American Bowl week. The Lincoln East receiver was targeted just once during the All-American Bowl but wowed coaches and recruiting analysts during the week. His Nebraska teammate, edge rusher Princewill Umanmielen, also showed off his agility throughout the game.

This Nebraska coaching staff also extended two new offers on Friday. One was a preferred walk-on offer to Beau Sparks, a wide receiver and safety at Franklin High School in El Paso, Texas. Sparks grew up in Lincoln and started his high school career at Lincoln Southwest. Nebraska also offered Willis McGahee IV out of Miami Palmetto High School. The son of the former Miami Hurricane running back is a 4-star edge rusher in the 2024 recruiting class. Miami Palmetto is the same school new signee Dwight Bootle and secondary coach Evan Cooper attended.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska missed its first 21 attempts from behind the arc and there was no coming back from that against Rutgers yesterday.

>> The Huskers scored an important overtime win at Minnesota on Saturday thanks to some heavy lifting from Derrick Walker and Sam Griesel.

>> Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield and defensive coordinator Tony White met with the media for the first time on Friday. They’re both still trying to get a feel for their personnel.

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