The recruiting dead period has been lifted in college football. It’s perfect timing for the Huskers since the team began spring practice this week. That gives Nebraska the opportunity to host prospects for practices and the Huskers will do just that throughout the spring. Coaches have noted in the past how much they like that because prospects get to see what the program looks like behind closed doors and envision themselves playing for the team.
The team will practice Saturday, March 5, and host its first Junior Day of the spring. There are close to 50 prospects expected to be in town for the event. The Huskers have prospects from 12 different states making the trip to campus. It’s an impressive group of players that the Huskers will get to make an impression on. It’ll be a nice boost to have three current commits on campus. Dwight Bootle, Sam Sledge and Gunnar Gottula are all scheduled to be in Lincoln. I expect them to spend a lot of time with the two uncommitted 2023 offerees from Nebraska.
Wide receiver Malachi Coleman and EDGE Maverick Noonan will be back on campus. It’s important to note each time that pair visit campus because the Huskers are putting the full-court press on each player. The team hopes to pull off a clean sweep on the offered 2023 in-state prospects. Class of 2024 wide receiver Dae’vonn Hall will also be back on campus. He’s building a good relationship with wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. Omaha North 2025 defensive tackle Tyson Terry will be on campus this weekend too.
One thing that also stands out about this visit list is there are some big linemen making the trip. Paris Patterson (6-5, 330), JR Sia (6-6, 310), Logan Reichert (6-7, 345), Brandon Henderson (6-4, 320) and Calvin Clements (6-7, 265) are all prospects that the Huskers like. The team will likely pair a bigger tackle prospects with Sledge and Gottula. Patterson holds offers from Tennessee and Iowa State.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the coachess and just getting a feel for the school,” Patterson said. “I’m ready to just soak in the atmosphere.”
Keep an eye on a pair of defensive line targets this weekend. Texas native Riley Van Poppel and Iowa native David Borchers are interior linemen that the Huskers like a lot. Each projects as more of a traditional defensive tackle which is interesting. It’s another step in the direction of the Huskers playing more even front on defense.
There are two players to watch to see if they get offers coming out of this weekend. Utah athlete Mateaki Helu (6-0, 200) is committed to the homestate Utes but is making the trip to Lincoln. Missouri wide receiver Larenzo Fenner (6-1, 170) had 50 receptions for 783 yards and seven touchdowns during his junior season. Both could come away with Nebraska offers this weekend.
One change in this weekend’s visit list from previous ones is worth putting a pin in. Seven players from Missouri are scheduled to be on campus. The Huskers make a real effort during the contact period to get coaches into high schools in that state. It’s paying off early with some visits that can lay groundwork for the Huskers.
2023 Husker Commits
DB Dwight Bootle (Miami, Florida)
OL Sam Sledge (Omaha, Nebraska)
OL Gunnar Gottula (Lincoln, Nebraska)
2023 Prospects with a Huskers Offer
WR Malachi Coleman (Lincoln, Nebraska)
EDGE Maverick Noonan (Omaha, Nebraska)
DB Shawn Battle (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
LB Andrew Harris (Altamonte Springs, Florida)
LB Michael Harris (Altamonte Springs, Florida)
DB Donovan McIntosh (St. Louis, Missouri)
DT Riley Van Poppel (Argyle, Texas)
OT Calvin Clements (Lawrence, Kansas)
OG Logan Reichert (Kansas City, Missouri)
DT David Borchers (Eldridge, Iowa)
OG Paris Patterson (East St. Louis, Illinois)
OG Brandon Henderson (East St. Louis, Illinois)
EDGE Zach Ortwerth (St. Louis, Missouri)
2023 Prospects without a Huskers Offer
LB Mateaki Helu (Tooele, Utah)
WR Larenzo Fenner (Independence, Missouri)
DB Jamal Miles (Pelham, Alabama)
DT Jason Maciejczak (Douglas, South Dakota)
DT Luke Reth (Manchester, Iowa)
EDGE Karter Menz (West Fargo, North Dakota)
DT Mason Goldman (Gretna, Nebraska)
DT Rocco Marcelina (Omaha, Nebraska)
DT Sam Cappos (Lincoln, Nebraska)
OR Jude Collingham (York, Nebraska)
DB Kolten Tilford (North Platte, Nebraska)
K Simon McClannan (Omaha, Nebraska)
TE Cayden Echternach (Omaha, Nebraska)
WR Colin Sims (Gretna, Nebraska)
OG Barrett Walker (Lincoln, Nebraska)
LB Conor Connealy (Elkhorn, Nebraska)
DB Mason Blankenship-Jones (Omaha, Nebraska)
WR Tre Brown (Omaha, Nebraska)
WR Kyrell Jordan (Omaha, Nebraska)
WR Jaylen Lloyd (Omaha, Nebraska)
RB Carlos Collazo (Aurora, Nebraska)
TE Brandr Pickrell (Omaha, Nebraska)
EDGE BJ Canady (Topeka, Kansas)
2024 Prospects with a Huskers Offer
WR Dae’vonn Hall (Omaha, Nebraska)
EDGE Jayshawn Ross (Kansas City, Missouri)
2024 Prospects without a Huskers Offer
OL Caleb Pyfrom (Omaha, Nebraska)
2025 Prospect with a Huskers Offer
DT Tyson Terry (Omaha, Nebraska)
2025 Prospects without a Huskers Offer
EDGE Chase Pearsall (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)
DT KaMori Moore (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.