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Nebraska Recruiting: Who’s Most Likely to Become Nebraska’s Next Commit?

April 02, 2023

Nebraska gained its second commitment in the 2024 recruiting class earlier this weekend. The Huskers now have a four-star receiver and a three-star offensive lineman pledged going into April.

Industry recruiting services rank Nebraska on the cusp of the top 50, on average, with two commitments. Powerhouse schools have double-digit commitments. Nebraska’s opening opponent in 2023, Minnesota, has eight commitments in its 2024 class. So who are the recruits most likely to join Nebraska’s 2024 class next?

Ian Flynt, tight end: The three-star tight end from Taylor High School in Katy, Texas, has Nebraska ties. His sister, Amelia, throws on the Husker track team—where both their parents competed. Amelia is also on Nebraska football’s recruiting staff. Ian is a top-25 tight end nationally who enjoyed his Junior Day visit. His commitment could come sooner rather than later.

Mario Buford, cornerback: The recent state champion at DeSoto, Texas, is the younger brother of Nebraska safety Marques Buford Jr. He enjoyed a recent visit to Michigan State before he came to Lincoln last weekend. Buford has also said Nebraska is the school most consistent in his recruitment, which could be a big factor if he were to commit soon.

Ashton Murphy, offensive line: The Elkhorn South junior recently received an offer from Navy. He enjoyed a solo mid-week visit to Memorial Stadium last month, not long after visiting Iowa State. The Huskers recently hosted Elkhorn South athlete Brady Bosquet and gained a second preferred walk-on from Elkhorn South last week. A potential commitment from Murphy would embolden a connection between the Storm and Nebraska football.

Elijah Newby, linebacker: The three-star linebacker out of Cheshire, Connecticut, visited Nebraska during the high-profile weekend and left with a strong impression left by the coaching staff. Newby’s impression comes just over a month after Nebraska’s offer. He may be the biggest long-shot pledge of the bunch, but perhaps the momentum from offer to visit carries into another visit and a potential commitment.

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Four-star offensive tackle Gibson Pyle from Houston committed to Nebraska on Saturday. His decision came just over two months since his initial offer from Matt Rhule’s staff during a frequent-flier recruiting period in January. Pyle visited Nebraska with his father in early March for the first time and the school blew him away. He returned for the star-studded Junior Day in late March with his mother and step-father. That visit sealed the deal, he told Greg Powers of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.

“After seeing their spring practice it really opened my eyes that it was a winning practice,” Pyle said. “It felt like a professional practice. It was physical at the same time, it felt like football. It was full pads and hitting. It was smash-mouth, which is what I love.”

The Huskers gained two recent preferred walk-on commitments who will join the program in the summer. Elkhorn South standout linebacker Noah Bustard and Lyons Township, Illinois, two-way player Danny Pasko are coming to Lincoln.

Nebraska extended a scholarship offer to 2025 linebacker Jayden Woods out of Shawnee, Kansas, powerhouse Mill Valley High School. He tallied 54 tackles as a sophomore last season with 10.5 TFL and 6.0 sacks. The Huskers also offered 2025 tight end DaSaahn Brame out of Derby, Kansas. His only evaluation so far is a three-star rating.


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