Nebraska Football Recruiting: Huskers are first offer for Missouri tight end

A Nebraska Cornhuskers fan wears a Star Wars costume during the game (Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports)
A Nebraska Cornhuskers fan wears a Star Wars costume during the game (Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports) /

While the team lost on the field, the Nebraska football recruiting efforts continued on as the Huskers became the first team to offer Missouri tight end Keelan Smith.

Mickey Joseph and company are actually making a bit of a habit when it comes to being not just the first Power 5 program to make an offer to some of these prospects, but the first team in college football. While there’s obviously going to be some who find that more than a bit risky, the other times Nebraska football recruiting was the first team with their foot in the door, other P5 schools came calling quickly.

Smith is definitely a diamond in the rough when it comes to his recruiting profile at the moment. The 2024 prospect hasn’t been rated by either On3 or 247Sports but he’s also got some measurements that could make schools come drooling along in short order.

The tight end prospect, who could translate well to the wide receiver position in college stands 6-foot-3 and is a rather slim 205 pounds. His height could definitely end up making him a speical kind of weapon in the end zone as a wide out in a sport where most defenders aren’t going to be much taller than 6-1 or 6-2.

It’s a safe bet that’s one of the reasons the Liberty, Missouri star was invited to come down to Lincoln to watch the Huskers’ game against the Illinois Fighting Illini and why Keelan Smith walked out of the stadum with an official offer from the Nebraska Cornhuskers interim head coach.

In recent weeks, Mickey Joseph and company have definitely ramped up the recruiting efforts. Those efforts have managed to convince the state’s best prospect to pull the trigger and commit to the Huskers. It’s also had commits to other programs start looking around a bit more.

All of this has an added aspect of mystery as it’s not entirely clear who will be heading the Nebraska football recruiting efforts come signing day.