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Nebraska Recruiting: Taking a Look at a Trio of Potential 2023 Greg’s Guys

October 05, 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.


The latest edition of the Greg’s Guys list came out earlier today. It had a lot of changes as four of the five players that were on the September list were new. Now we are in October and the Huskers are in the heart of the schedule. We normally see several official visitors for the current class and a lot of movement on the big board. It’s much different this season. The Huskers are in a spot where the team will likely only take 13-15 players in the 2021 recruiting cycle. Coach Scott Frost even noted recently that the team will have less 2022 visitors on campus.

Because of that, I trimmed the Greg’s Guys list down to five players just like last month. There isn’t a huge pool to pull players from so we are going a different route. What we do have is a strong group of 2023 prospects to start looking at.

Let’s take a look at three players for the 2023 recruiting class who will have a chance to be on the Greg’s Guys list next cycle.

Outside Linebacker Tausili Akana

Akana took a trip to Lincoln this past weekend for the Northwestern game. He’s one of the top defenders out west for the 2023 recruiting class as a pass specialist. Akana has an interesting connection to a pair of Nebraska visitors from this past weekend. He grew up with Lincoln Southeast outside linebacker target Teitum Tuioti. Akana also had a connection to quarterback Dylan Raiola. Their sisters played volleyball together when they were kids. Akana’s sister, Keonilei, is on the Nebraska volleyball team. Tausili had 35 scholarship offers from all over the country. That includes Oklahoma, Ohio State and Texas.

Athlete Watts McBride

The Iowa native burst onto the scene this summer for the Huskers. Nebraska offered him after a workout in June. Since then the Huskers have kept in touch with the defensive back. He speaks with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive backs coach Travis Fisher on a regular basis. McBride was in Lincoln for the Northwestern game and was a fan of the atmosphere.

“It’s just a really good environment and the fans are all in it from kickoff,” McBride said. “The fans were actually in it before kickoff throughout the whole entire game even when they’re up by a ton. It was just a really good environment, a lot of energy and just an overall great atmosphere.”

McBride has a planned trip to see Notre Dame later this season.

Athlete Malachi Coleman

It’s always notable when the Huskers make a new in-state offer. That’s what they did Oct. 1 when Barrett Ruud offered Lincoln East athlete Malachi Coleman. He’s new to football but stands at 6-foot-5, 180 pounds. Coleman plays on both sides of the ball for the Spartans but the Huskers might see his future on defense. It all depends on how he finishes growing. Coleman was in Lincoln for the Northwestern game. He enjoyed his experience because he felt welcomed.

“Standing next to all these Husker players was cool,” Coleman said. “Some of them are huge. They were all coming over, high-fiving us and talking to us a little bit. Especially Cam Taylor-Britt. He was very good about that. Everybody was trying to get me to commit. I loved that, knowing they all wanted me there.”

Coleman will certainly be a player to watch in the state moving forward.

Recruit Watch

>> Lincoln High athlete Adonis Hutchinson had a good time in Lincoln this weekend.

>> Coffeyville Community College defensive back Zah Frazier showed off an edit the Huskers did for him.

ICYMI

>> The Huskers hosted 2024 quarterback Dylan Raiola who felt the visit was special (Premium) to Nebraska.

>> In the latest episode of the Straight Up Breakdown podcast, I had NBA write Katie Heindl on to talk NBA hot topics.

>> Matt Lubick and Erik Chinander discussed the Michigan matchup, gave a Fidone injury update and more.

>> Jacob Padilla has you covered on a hoops pro day notebook (Premium) with observations on Lakes, McGowens, Tominaga and more.

>> I dove into how Teddy Prochazka and Nouri Nouili’s time together (Premium) before becoming starters helped them play well.

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