Nebraska Football: Program in Midwest battle for 2022 linebacker

Nebraska football is in the thick of things in recruiting.

Nebraska football is busy recruiting for their 2022 class, and it appears that they are in a recruiting battle in the Midwest. Nebraska has been going after ($) 2022 three-star outside linebacker Caden Crawford.

Crawford is the 27th overall strong-side defensive and in his class, and the second overall player in his class from the state of Kansas per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

He is garnering interest from several teams in the Midwest. In addition to Nebraska, he also has offers from Iowa, Kansas State, Minnesota, and Oklahoma State. Two teams I would pay the most attention to  would be Iowa, and Minnesota. They  have been in some recruiting battles with Nebraska football recently, and I don’t expect that to change any time soon.

Crawford was most recently offered by Minnesota on February 3.

What can he bring to the table? For one, he can bring size. Crawford measures in at 6-foot-5, 239 pounds. He recorded 64 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles and recoveries. Playing for Lansing High School, he was a big part of their defense.

What I noticed about him right away is that he is a very fast linebacker. As soon as the ball is snapped, it is almost like he is shot out of a cannon.

The second thing I noticed about Crawford is his physicality. He is not afraid to come up and make a tackle, and that is something that is going to serve him well at the collegiate level. Those two things combined with his size make him a very dangerous linebacker. It’s no wonder that pretty much every major school in the Midwest is after him.

He would fit very well in the Nebraska football defense because of that speed. Nebraska has been working to get speedier linebackers in last couple of classes and Crawford would certainly fit the bill.

Currently, Nebraska football has zero commitments in the 2022 class, and they have been extending offers to several players. I’d expect to see commitments within the next couple of months.

Crawford would certainly be a nice get as Nebraska looks to continue to build the defense. With so many schools close to Nebraska recruiting him, it’s going to be a lot easier said than done in terms of landing him. We certainly have a recruiting battle brewing in the Midwest, and that is exciting to say the least.