Nebraska Football Recruiting: 5-star quarterback visit is an earth shaker

Fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
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Nebraska football recruiting has had a lot of twists and turns in October but the biggest twist this weekend is the surprise visit from a 5-star quarterback prospect that the Huskers had thought they had lost any chance of landing. While there’s talk that the visit doesn’t mean that Dylan Raiola is actually rethinking his commitment to Ohio State, it’s a foot in the door.

It’s the kind of foot in the door that Mickey Joseph has managed on a couple of different prospects in the last few weeks that has raised eyebrows in Lincoln and around the state. Last Saturday’s commitment of Malachi Coleman was a heck of a get, but he’s also an in-state prospect that the Huskers were in on.

Of course, according to Coleman, he wouldn’t have committed if Joseph didn’t come to Lincoln. He’d likely not have committed if Joseph wasn’t the head coach.

One of the reasons that the Ohio State commit could be coming to Lincoln is simply to give his younger brother some support. Last week, the Nebraska football team turned its attention to Dayton Raiola which led to an official offer.

Dayton is a member of the 2026 class and because of that, he’s not yet rated. However, Dylan is the top recruit of the 2024 class and was considered quite the loss when he decided to commit to the Buckeyes.

There are some in and around the Nebraska football recruiting apparatus that believe Scott Frost’s behavior played a part in that commitment. This weekend will allow Joseph to try and walk those mistakes back.

There’s even more good news for those who think this weekend could be a big one. Those around the program believe there are going to be some other big visitors heading to Lincoln for some surprise visits.

What’s clear is that Joseph has made some very big pushes in Nebraska football recruiting. One has to wonder if the success he’s having is due to increased talk that he’ll soon be changing from interim head coach to permanent head coach.