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Nebraska Recruiting: Who and Where Will the Huskers’ 2024 Recruiting Class Start?

December 27, 2022

Nebraska’s new coaching staff got a late start on the Class of 2024. Where most coaching staffs have some consistency that allow long-term recruiting, Matt Rhule and his staff focused largely on the Class of 2023 to ensure their strongest class. Then, at 8 p.m. on Early National Signing Day, the staff collectively turned their attention to next year.

As of today, Nebraska has no commits in the 2024 recruiting class. That’s not an anomaly but it does reflect the road that lays ahead for Rhule and his staff. They’ve met that workload so far with enthusiasm.

Xavier Filsaime, Michael Uini and Aaron Flowers were all among those tweeting back at Nebraska secondary coach Evan Cooper. Cooper worked in college at the Carolina Panthers as a talent evaluator. Rhule’s said that Cooper is responsible for finding some of the special guys on Nebraska’s recruiting radar. Texas high school recruits Filsaime, Uini and Flowers are all certainly that. Filsaime is a 4-star receiver out of McKinney who also runs track (10.52 100). Uini is a 4-star offensive tackle from Copperas Cove with offers from all over. Flowers is a 4-star safety from Forney with national offers as well.

Those three aren’t the only ones engaging with Nebraska coaches through social media. Kenneth Woseley, a 4-star corner from the same Philadelphia high school as new Nebraska signee Rahmir Stewart, is also chiming in. Big Ten schools started offering Woseley in April. Nebraska’s new staff offered him on December 11.

That offer came from Rhule’s familial stomping grounds in Pennsylvania. Just before Christmas, Rhule’s coaching staffed extended new offers to a trio of Jasper, Texas, athletes. Three-star linebacker Tyanthony Smith, unranked receiver Britain Simmons and unranked tight end/linebacker Kiotti Armstrong all got offers from this staff. Smith and Simmons are juniors, Armstrong is a sophomore.

Rhule’s ties to Texas and Pennsylvania have already connected Nebraska with recruits. EJ Barthel, a longtime positional coach in the northeast, came with Rhule and brings New Jersey ties back to Nebraska. Then there’s defensive quality control assistant Philip Simpson, who comes from Homestead, Florida, defensive line coach Terrance Knighton’s presence from his NFL days, and defensive coordinator Tony White and offensive line coach Donovan Raiola’s presence on the west coast. With some coaching positions still unfilled, the staff’s reach already stretches from sea to sea.

Then there’s the homegrown talent. Rhule’s excited what in-state recruits offer in the 2024 recruiting class. So, who will be the first to commit and will a wave follow?

Recruit Watch

Nebraska remains in the running for some high-profile recruits. Composite 3-star athlete Mekhai White dwindled his schools list to 15 on Christmas, including Nebraska in the mix. White, a multi-sport athlete from Virginia, received an offer from Rhule’s staff on Dec. 20.

Composite 3-star tight end Ian Flynt from Katy, Texas, is also heavily considering Nebraska following his offer on Dec. 21. He’s the son of former Nebraska track athlete Darren Flynt. Ian also competes in track at Katy. He took unofficial visits to Kansas State, Oregon, Michigan and Clemson last season.

Nebraska also recently missed out on some potential targets. Jaylen Thompson, a consensus 4-star corner from Tennessee, announced his commitment to Michigan State earlier today.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska edge, 2022 team captain Garrett Nelson announced on Tuesday he’ll enter the NFL Draft. He’s the fifth Husker to do so this off-season, third with eligibility remaining after Trey Palmer and Ochaun Mathis.

>> Former Arizona State center Ben Scott announced he’ll transfer to Nebraska. The Hawaii native took an official visit to Lincoln earlier this month but delayed his signing until Friday, two days after the early signing period began.

>> The Nebraska volleyball team also gained a transfer portal arrival just before the holidays. Former Florida outside hitter Merritt Beason announced she’ll transfer to Lincoln.

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