A profile of the Nebraska recruits who got away during early signing day

New Nebraska head coach Matt Rowley made a good amount of his first recruiting push on Wednesday and will likely add a few more between now and the February semester.

But few of the guys who didn’t land a NU boat would look good in a Husker outfit. That’s the case in every cycle, and it’s the case in 2023 as we take an annual look at the recruits who walked away from the Big Red.

Not that Rhule could have done much about any of the following players signed elsewhere. Most of them were long-term committed or, in the case of two Huskers, leaned away from Nebraska for several months. None of this — especially the quartet of midwestern stars who didn’t opt ​​for NU — is on Rhule’s tab.

The list is just a reminder: even though Nebraska is having a tougher time geographically than other schools when it comes to hiring a high-profile class, there are players who have either been ignored, mishandled, or simply not contacted by former Husker employees during the last cycle.

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He starts with the quarterback spot. What a mess the former Nebraska employees have created there.

Gretna quarterback Zane Flores, Pierre (SD) Riggs quarterback Lincoln Kinnholz and Mays (Cannes) quarterback Avery Johnson and Ankeny (Iowa) quarterback JJ Cole: Those four committed to Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Kansas State, and Iowa State, and while the former NU employees likely only got one, they didn’t recruit any of those guys from the Midwest enough. Instead, once Scott Frost moved over to his former offensive team and hired Mark Whipple, he allowed Whipple to bring in his favored quarterback, William “Bob” Watson from Massachusetts. Release the frost. Whipple was too. And Watson flipped to Virginia Tech. So, in a bumper crop year for the Midwestern QBs, NU hasn’t landed any of them. Of the quartet, Flores stung the most—the old Nebraska staff gave him the cold shoulder and the new crew wasn’t shaking Flores out of the Cowboys—while Kohl, at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, is the more exciting prospect. interesting. He attended Camp 7v7 in 2021, getting a lot of attention from then-quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco, but the connection seemed to dwindle once Verduzco was fired.

Transportation workers in Kansas City (Mo.): That includes a whole host of men, including Lee’s Summit North tackle Kayden Green (Oklahoma), Raytown tackle Logan Richert (Oklahoma), Platte City edge rusher Chandavian Bradley (Tennessee), North Kansas City lineman Adepoju Adebawore (Oklahoma), and Edric Hill ( Alabama). The old NU staffers have had more hits with Green and Reichert than with the others, and Nebraska probably won’t own the city the way OU does. But the mummies have taken over men like Malik Collins, Carlos Davis, and Khalil Davis in the past decade. They are all in the pluses. NU can locate their KC locations going forward.

Pierce narrow end Ben Brahmer: There wasn’t much Rhule could do here, as Brahmer built a deep relationship with the Iowa coaching staff after NU fired Scott Frost. He made a strong impression on the Brahmer family, but ISU had already sold out on Brahmer for seeing him. NU loses in a great athletic pass catcher who can be a straight line or dribble. Brahmer is one of two in-state players signed from Iowa.

Western Iowa Defensive Linemen Antrio Thompson and Quintrail Jamison Travis: The junior college national champ produces one opportunity after another in the Power Five—and they’ve never been to Nebraska. Thompson (Iowa) and Jamison Travis (Auburn) would provide good depth at their school, and the new hires at NU probably just weren’t interested in adding a JUCO player. But the Huskers are closer to the IWCC than any other P5 program, and they don’t take advantage of that. Why?

Derby (Canada) Running Back Dylan Edwards: An amazing high school career—over 7,000 all-purpose yards, 102 total touchdowns—would land in Colorado with Deion Sanders. Don’t be surprised if Edwards, who looks like a K-State version of Deuce Vaughn’s back, plays against NU. The old Huskers pursued Edwards heavily with the old staff—Edwards is close to Nebraska signing Jaden Doss—but Edwards chose Kansas State first. Then Notre Dame. now cu.

Aurora (Colorado) player Regis Hayden Moore: The Nebraska commitment that dropped Mummy late in the process, seemed uninterested in building much of a relationship with the new hires, and turned to Michigan just before signing day. Moore’s three-star rating contrasts with much of the production at Regis, which regularly produces Power Five footballers.

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