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Nebraska Recruiting: Visitors, Huskers Carry on From Star-Studded Recruiting Weekend

March 30, 2023

Nearly a week removed from the biggest weekend in Nebraska’s history of modern recruiting, recruits continue their recruiting trips and coaches host more recruits.

The dozens of visitors last weekend kept uploading their excitement for Nebraska throughout the week. Jacob Smith tweeted a video involving him and multiple other visitors during the weekend. That included himself, twin brother Jerod, 4-star receiver Gatlin Bair, 5-star receiver Ryan Wingo, 4-star lineman Brandon Baker and multiple others. No. 1 overall recruit Dylan Raiola makes an appearance in the video’s final shot.

Most of those recruits visit elsewhere. Williams Nwaneri, the 5-star defensive lineman from Lee’s Summit North, for example, visited Ohio State shortly after his visit to Nebraska. Others

Nebraska, meanwhile, hosted Elkhorn South’s Brady Bousquet earlier this week and plan to host a handful of recruits for Saturday’s scrimmage, including Omaha Central lineman Caleb Pyfrom. Four-star receiver Zion Kearney from Missouri City, Texas, is scheduled to visit in April. Three-star running back Kewan Lacy out of Lancaster, Texas, also plans to visit before Nebraska’s Spring Game.

Speaking of Spring Game, while Nebraska plans to make it a fun unveiling of the Matt Rhule era and welcome back Frank Solich, the program may be without the top recruit in the audience. Scheduling conflicts could keep Raiola from attending the Red-White Game. He’s altering his spring schedule, which could impact his availability that weekend and the following weekend, when he could visit Oregon. Raiola is also reportedly taking an official visit to Georgia. In all likelihood, it won’t be the only official visit he takes. But official visits to multiple schools in the summer could push his commitment into July and season preparations.

Recruit Watch

Nebraska offered 4-star cornerback Dakoda Fields earlier this week. Fields is a consensus top-100 recruit in the 2024 class out of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California. Scouts pointed to his football upside during an injury-riddled junior season. He’s healthy now and competing in the spring track season, where he’s already clocked a 10.02 in the 100 and 22.55 in the 200. Fields is also an established long jumper (22 feet last year) but hasn’t jumped yet this season.

Jayden Woods, a 2025 edge rusher out of Shawnee, Kansas, received a scholarship offer while visiting spring practice on Thursday. Woods is a 6-foot-3 defensive end who has only received one 3-star evaluation so far among recruiting services. He’s been offered by a dozen schools already, including Baylor, Kansas State and Iowa.


>> The Nebraska softball team split a doubleheader with Iowa on Tuesday, giving the Huskers a 4-1 conference record before hosting Michigan this weekend. Brooke Andrews has emerged as “Ms. Clutch” for the Huskers with over a month remaining in the season.

>> In the latest Padding the Stats, Hail Varsity writer Jacob Padilla outlined the disingenuous argument framing of Name, Image and Likeness some run with, the unpredictable Final Four and Derrick Walker’s final season in Lincoln.

>> Will Bolt’s Husker baseball team beat North Dakota State on Tuesday to give the Huskers a fresh start going into this weekend’s slate. The Huskers head to Texas for a doubleheader against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Abilene Christian.

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