Matt Rhule Restoring Cornhusker Pride, Lands Nebraska’s Top Recruit

In a significant victory for the University of Nebraska, the Cornhuskers have secured a commitment from highly sought-after four-star tight end, Carter Nelson.

Nelson, who is widely regarded as the top player in the state, made his decision in favor of Nebraska despite strong interest from Georgia, Notre Dame, and Penn State.

Standing at an impressive 6-foot-4 and weighing 205 pounds, Nelson immediately becomes a standout prospect in Head Coach Matt Rhule’s first full recruiting class.

He is now the highest-ranked commitment of the Rhule era and is considered the nation’s second-best tight end and the 40th overall player according to the Top247 ratings.. Notably, Nelson plays eight-man football at Ainsworth High School.

“Carter is one of the most unique prospects in the 2024 class,” commented Allen Trieu, a national recruiting analyst from 247Sports. “The word ‘freak’ gets thrown around too much, but he is legitimately one of the truly elite athletes in this class.”

“The upside is huge, and he has played all over the field, excelled in basketball and track. He’s a guy where you bet on his future because there’s so much potential here.”

Nelson’s addition to the program bodes well for offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield’s pro-style offense.

Satterfield has a track record of utilizing tight ends effectively, having employed Jaheim Bell, Austin Stogner, and Nate Adkins liberally during his tenure at South Carolina.. Together, the trio contributed 58 catches, 609 yards, and three touchdowns.

Following Nelson’s commitment, Nebraska’s recruiting class climbed to number 14 nationally, further bolstering the team’s standing.

Despite Coach Rhule’s relatively short six-month tenure on campus, he has already secured 21 commitments for the Class of 2024.. Among them, four are regarded as four-star recruits, with a notable presence of 12 players hailing from either Nebraska or Texas, where Rhule previously coached at Baylor.

Equally significant is the fact that Nebraska has now received verbal commitments from the state’s top four players, including wide receivers Dae’vonn Hall and Isaiah McMorris, as well as quarterback Daniel Kaelin.

This achievement marks the first time since 2019 that Nebraska has secured the top four in-state recruits, reversing the trend of the past two years where Oregon emerged as the preferred destination.

The commitment of Nelson signals a promising future for the Cornhuskers, with expectations that his exceptional talents will make him a game-changing contributor in Nebraska’s offensive gameplan.

With the successful recruitment efforts led by Rhule, the university and its loyal, dedicated fan-base eagerly anticipate the bright future ahead.

Nelson equally shares that same excitement…

“I’ve grown up watching them. Obviously I haven’t grown up watching the same Huskers my parents watched. The big goal for us is to bring those Huskers back.. We’re not going to settle for not winning. We have definitely talked amongst ourselves and it’s not we believe we can get it back to that, it’s we are going to get it back to that.”

 

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