Nebraska Cornhuskers news: Outrecruiting Iowa, Evan Cooper & Matt Rhule, more

Nebraska's Myles Farmer places his helmet on the Heroes Trophy
Nebraska's Myles Farmer places his helmet on the Heroes Trophy /

Now that Matt Rhule is here, the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team has a familiar goal. The new coach and his new staff are wanting to keep in-state prospects away from an old rival.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers coaching staff has made no secret about the fact that they are declaring war on their rivals. “There’s players in this state and we’re getting them — they’re coming to Nebraska,” Ed Foley said during an interview on the Huskers Radio Network. “There have been some other schools that have gotten in here and made some headway recruiting Nebraska. That’s over. We’re coming in now.”

The staff still has some work to do to lock down the state, especially against Iowa. Noah Fant, Keagan Johnson, Beni Ngoyi and Ben Brahmer all headed next door.

None of those departures can be blamed on Matt Rhule and his coaches. However, if they are not able to lock the state down and keep the Nebraska Cornhuskers program from losing local prospects from here on out, they’ll get the blame. Especially now that they’ve announced their intent to stop it.

Other Nebraska Cornhuskers News

  • Recruiting is key for the new staff and that’s a big reason why Evan Cooper is in Lincoln. Cooper has followed Rhule to Temple, Baylor, the Carolina Panthers, and now the Huskers. He’s had a big part in the 2023 class and the two are going to keep working together. “Evan Cooper is the absolute best I’ve ever been around,” Rhule said. “If we ever offer a guy that no one’s heard of, it’s Evan. Because he stays up at night and texts me at three o’clock in the morning, watching this guy, watching that guy. I think what you’ll start to see is that we’ll offer guys no one has heard of, then they’ll start getting 10, 11, 12 offers, and their stars will bump up.”
  • Speaking of recruiting, Nebraska lost out on a big receiver recruit last week, and just ahead of Christmas that receiver, Omarion Miller announced he was headed to Colorado. The rivalry between Matt Rhule and Deion Sanders is alive and well.

Other Sports News

  • Since the Nebraska Cornhuskers upset then Top 10 Creighton, the Bluejays were in a bit of a tailspin. However, they finally stopped the losing streak last week and on Christmas Day, they played a game against Depaul where they improved to 2-1 in the Big East. It’s actually good news for Husker fans if Creighton is actually good. They might have righted their ship on Sunday.
  • On Christmas Eve, there was a bowl game between Middle Tennessee State and San Diego State. When the Blue Raiders won 25-23, it wasn’t all that newsworthy. That they won despite finishing the game with -66 yards rushing, is a bit more noteworthy.