Nebraska staff on the road in Texas and Pennsylvania

After hosting a large number of official visitors in Lincoln over the weekend, the Nebraska coaching staff set out to continue their recruiting efforts ahead of early signing day on December 21.

Coach Matt Rhule’s stints coincided with two recruiting centers located near his former colleges, Temple and Baylor. Rhule and defensive line coach Terrance Knighton made several stops in Texas Monday, including a visit to see 2023 wide receiver Brice Turner at Bay City High School.

Rhule and Knighton also stopped at Manor High School in the Austin area to check out 2023 edge rusher target Princewill Umanmielen. Former husker Edge Ochaun Mathis also attended Manor and the school produces many college recruits.

Taking to Twitter, Rhule shared a picture of pounded yam and egusi soup, a popular Nigerian dish, that he ordered on Monday. It was no coincidence that Umanmielen’s older brother, Florida edge rusher Princely Umanmielen, identified the order as coming from their mother’s restaurant, Lady T Kitchen.

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Knighton also stopped in Argyle, Texas on Tuesday for a home visit to Riley Van Poppel, a longtime commitment for 2023. Rhule had visited Van Poppel a week earlier, and Nebraska will host the four-star lineman for an official visit this weekend .

After doing the rounds in Texas, Rhule headed to the Philadelphia area on Tuesday. Nebraska has several recruiting targets in Philadelphia, namely safety Rahmir Stewart, who will be paying an official visit to Lincoln this weekend. NU also reviewed Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Dauphin East defenseman Vincent Carroll-Jackson, a 2023 target who signed for Syracuse earlier this week.

Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield and special teams coordinator Ed Foley continued making rounds in Omaha Monday with a visit to Millard North. Foley then attended JK Mullen High School Tuesday, a Denver-area school that has produced several Division I recruits in recent years.

One Colorado prospect who may be leaning towards Nebraska is 2023 tight end recruit Andrew Metzger. Formerly a Colorado commit, the Aurora Regis Jesuit senior announced his commitment Tuesday night, shortly after paying an official visit to Nebraska over the weekend. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound three-star recruit is a teammate of linebacker Commitment Hayden Moore and remains a key recruiting target for NU.

Other recruitment notes

While Nebraska was in Philadelphia on Wednesday, he handed Naquil Betrand, who plays for Northeast High School, an offer for the 2023 offensive tackle recruit. At 6-7 and 310 pounds, Betrand is a three star recruit with an impressive frame that catches the eye immediately. While there’s never any harm in trying, Nebraska would have a tough time flipping Betrand from Texas A&M. The Aggies offered Betrand in April and he signed in August after an unofficial visit. Betrand will also make an official visit to Texas A&M this weekend.

» In the class of 2024, Fort Collins (Colo.) Fossil Ridge offensive lineman Gage Ginther announced that he was “reoffered” by Nebraska on Wednesday. The 6-6, 270-pound inside offense linemen had previously been offered by Nebraska during a recruiting visit to Lincoln on Nov. 19, Nebraska’s last home game of the 2022 season. Ginther is a three-star recruit with offers from Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, Nebraska also extended a 2024 offer to Dangerfield (Texas) athlete Aeryn Hampton, a four-star prospect who ranks among the nation’s top wide receiver prospects. A former Texan commitment, Hampton has the coverage skills to play cornerback, but his performance on the field at wide receiver is unmissable. Hampton has totaled 2,190 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns over the past two seasons.

It’s too far away for most prospects in 2025 to get recruitment rankings, but that’s not the case for Tampa, Fla., Zephyrhills athlete DJ Pickett. Pickett is a five-star prospect according to 247Sports and is currently ranked the No. 8 recruit in the Class of 2025 nationally. While the 6-2, 170-pound prospect could make his mark as either a wide receiver or safety, Nebraska defensive backs coach Evan Cooper offered Pickett on Tuesday. It should come as no surprise that other college football powers such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and USC have also offered Pickett.

A Thursday night opener in Minnesota underscores Nebraska football’s 2023 schedule.

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