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Nebraska Recruiting: What’s the Buzz on Future Quarterback Targets for Huskers?

August 15, 2021

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.


Each week I put out the call for questions for a recruiting video that goes live on Monday. Sometimes I get a question that I’d rather just jump right into about Nebraska recruiting. This time that question came from Jamey on Twitter. He wants to know about the buzz surrounding future quarterbacks.

Quarterback is the only position where fans would be wondering about hearing early buzz on prospects from the next two cycles. Quarterback is the most important position on the field so that plays a role. Signal-caller recruiting also can come up at any time. Quarterbacks tend to commit earlier so they can be leaders in a class. It’s tough to peer recruit to a school when you aren’t on a commitment list.

Nebraska offers a lot of scholarships on a yearly basis. The program has consistently offered around 300 scholarships yearly under coach Scott Frost. Yet at quarterback the numbers are pretty low.

  • 2018: 13
  • 2019: 10
  • 2020: 6
  • 2021: 14
  • 2022: 17

Quarterback scholarship offers are lower than other positions. It allows us to get a deeper sense for who the staff likes at the position. There are only a handful of targets that hold scholarship offer at quarterback for the next two classes. Nebraska is in a unique position at this point for both classes at quarterback. If you don’t hear of another scholarship going out at the position for a long time that is a great thing.

Nebraska is in a good position with 2023 signal-caller Reese Mooney. The Louisiana native took a trip on his own to Nebraska for the spring game. Mooney plans to be in Champaign for Nebraska’s season opener against Illinois. He also wants to take an early season unofficial visit to Lincoln for a game. He will be plenty familiar with the program ahead of his scheduled September decision. If he picks Nebraska then 2022 recruiting at the position will be done before Halloween.

The 2024 cycle is two class away. We might have a good handle on who the top two targets are at the position for Nebraska. Dylan Raiola will be one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in his class. Raiola has the physical tools and skills to be a five-star player. Seeing him throw at Friday Night Lights in June solidified that for me. He’s a Husker legacy with his dad Dominic Raiola being a legend at Nebraska. The family ties should help keep Nebraska stay in the race as things get figured out on the field.

There is another name to watch in the 2024 class: Daniel Kaelin. The Bellevue West prospect hasn’t started a varsity game for the Thunderbirds. Yet he holds Power Five offers including from Nebraska. An early offer like this is rare for a prospect in Nebraska at this position. Watching the next couple years unfold for Kaelin will be interesting.

There is buzz around future quarterback recruiting for Nebraska. The only difference is that it’s about quality not quantity in this case. These handful of names might the only ones we talk about for Nebraska moving into the future. That means the plan has gone well for Nebraska. It’s also likely that things have improved on the field too.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska 2023 athlete target Adon Shuler committed to Notre Dame on Sunday.

>> Joshua White, a 2022 edge rusher target, committed to Memphis over the weekend.

ICYMI

>> In preparation for the football season to begin, Erin Sorensen’s Hail Varsity Yearbook feature on Ben Stille’s bonus season Nebraska is online.

>> The Huskers hope to have a dynamic duo (Premium) at the nose tackle position in 2021.

>> Derek Peterson’s Yearbook feature on Cam Taylor-Britt contains a lot of stories on Taylor-Britt that people couldn’t wait to share.

>> Alonzo Verge Jr. Is looking to make the most of his extra year on the Nebraska basketball team.

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