Nebraska Football Recruiting: Louisiana connection pays off in latest commit

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The increased efforts this month by the Nebraska football recruiting apparatus paid off with the second commit under head coach Mickey Joseph. A few weeks ago, the interim head coach landed his first commitment in the form of Lincoln East’s Malachi Coleman. On Tuesday morning, he landed another in New Orleans running back Arnold “Duda” Barnes.

Barnes has been on a bit of a whirlwind tour over the last few months. He had been a commit to the Tulane Green Wave, deciding to stay close to home. However, as Nebraska football recruiting and other schools upped their efforts, he started to have second thoughts.

Once he became a free agent, it appears he was leaning hard towards the Huskers, despite taking a visit to Iowa over the weekend. He teased that he would be making the announcement earlier on Tuesday and didn’t leave fans hanging all that long.

The 3-star running back is likely an indication of the kind of recruiter that Mickey Joseph is and how the interim Huskers’ head coach is able to use his ties to his old home to land players like Barnes.

Joseph has made no bones about his love for the area, and that likely comes out when talking to other kids who might be from that part of the country. In fact, at least for now, it appears that Joseph has been so effective in delivering his Nebraska football recruiting pitch that kids are forgetting that there’s a very decent chance he won’t be leading the Cornhuskers, come December.

There is of course, some conversations going on behind the scenes that might make it clear that Joseph will indeed be around in some aspect when the new coach is hired. It’s also possible there’s a strong belief internally that Mickey is going to be the “new” head coach when the smoke clears. How all this plays out and who might be the next Nebraska football recruiting get, will be interesting to watch over the next month.