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Nebraska Recruiting: Who’s Next for Huskers?

July 19, 2022

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Hail Varsity recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.

Who’s next?

That’s the question on the recruiting trail for Nebraska right now. The Huskers sit at 14 commitments, but No. 15 feels inevitable any day now. Who will it be?

Cameron Lenhardt, the four-star defensive lineman from IMG Academy in Florida, feels like the safe bet. There’s plenty of smoke surrounding his name at this point and it doesn’t seem like a matter of if, but more of a matter of when.

Lenhardt has a top three of Michigan State, Penn State and Nebraska from a long list of Power Five hopefuls. He visited Nebraska in late June, which provided him an opportunity to meet with the Husker coaching staff and get a feel for the program.

“It was great sitting down with coach (Mike) Dawson. We watched film and we talked a whole bunch of football,” Lenhardt told Hail Varsity following the visit. “They said my position would be playing stand up edge. Basically like Caleb Tannor. We had a lot of great overall talks about football.”

As for what specifically stood out, he said he liked the opportunity to be an edge rusher for Nebraska. He also liked the coaching staff and thought coach Scott Frost was “a cool dude.” With that said, the biggest thing that stood out was him seeing himself at Nebraska. That likely told us everything we needed to know at the time and the likelihood that he would commit.

After Lenhardt, the next name to keep an eye on is 3-star cornerback Ryan Robinson Jr. The New Orleans native took an official visit to Nebraska in mid-June. His primary recruiter is Mickey Joseph and it sounds like Robinson is targeting an August commitment date. Nebraska is certainly at play here, but it’s also to be determined if the Huskers need another defensive back in the class and on the roster. Nebraska already has a commitment from cornerback Dwight Bootle II for 2023.

But Robinson is intriguing. He helped his high school, Edna Karr, to an 11-1 record and the Louisiana 4A state semifinals in 2021.

Another name to keep an eye on is offensive tackle Jr Sia. He took an official visit to Nebraska in early June, but it sounds like he’d like to take another official visit to Utah State. Depending on when that visit happens, Sia could make a decision at some point in August.

As we discussed in our Recruiting Question of the Week video on Monday, spots are filling up quickly for the 2023 recruiting class. Timelines that may have originally been pushed later into a senior season are being bumped up in order to not to lose out.  Could that mean we see an unexpected name surface on the commitment watch list? It’s not improbable, especially after a number of commitments have happened sooner than expected already.

Let’s just put it this way: there’s certainly never a dull moment on the recruiting trail and 2023 is no exception.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska fans will appreciate the gloves wide receiver prospect Malachi Coleman is wearing for a recent workout.

>> Nebraska made an offer to a 2025 running back on Tuesday. Despite only being a sophomore, Alvin Henderson has over 50 Division I offers at this point in time.


>> In 2009, against Texas, Ndamukong Suh tallied 7.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Since then just 11 Huskers have hit both marks in a season. Here are the top candidates to get there in 2022.

>> Our countdown of the 10 most intriguing Huskers of the 2022 season is back. This time we’re looking at the player in our No. 2 spot — edge rusher Ochaun Mathis.

>> We are officially one week out from players reporting for fall camp.

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