Nebraska Football Recruiting: Going deep into Penn State territory for latest QB offer

A general view of Beaver Stadium (Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports)
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When it comes to Nebraska football recruiting, the 2023 class is just about done. However, the overall work is never done, as Matt Rhule will certainly attest. The continuing work was shown off in an offer late last week to a quarterback who won’t be able to take snaps for the Huskers until 2025, should he commit. However, the offer to Stone Saunders means more than simply that the coaching staff is looking ahead to future classes. The offer was another sign of Rhule and company’s dedication to setting up a pipeline in Pennsylvania.

Stone Saunders is certainly worthy of attention from Nebraska Football recruiting. Despite being just a sophomore this past season, he was named his state’s MaxPreps Player of the Year. If you’re unaware of how special that honor is for someone as young as Stone, keep in mind he was one of just two sophomores to get it in 2022.

He definitely deserved the nod. Stone Saunders threw for 3,583 yards and an astounding 54 touchdowns to just five interceptions. The 2025 Nebraska football recruiting prospect threw for six touchdowns in a game four times and threw for five twice. That comes on the heel of an insane freshman season where he threw for another 46 TDs and just 5 INTs.

While it’s too early to give him a star rating, that he’s coming from talent rich Pennsylvania and putting up those kinds of numbers means he’ll likely be at least a 4-star player. He could even be 5-star considering the schools that are already recruiting him.

Nebraska football recruiting isn’t exactly reaching for a diamond in the rough with Saunders. He’s got offers from all the biggies, like Texas A&M, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Oddly, the Nittany Lions haven’t given him an official offer, and that’s where Matt Rhule might be able to find an opening.

The new Nebraska football head coach and his staff have set up a beachhead in Saunders’ home state mainly because Rhule knows the area from his days at Temple. Despite coaching in the Midwest these days, he can relate to people in Philly and the surrounding area.

It’s likely to be quite a while before we know just how well these efforts are paying off. But it’s nice to see a Nebraska football recruiting focus that shows actual organization and discipline.