One of the things that Matt Rhule has tasked his staff with when it comes to Nebraska football recruiting is trying as hard as possible to lock down the state’s borders. More than ever before, Power 5 schools are coming calling for talent from all over the state and that’s making the job of Husker coaches that much more difficult.
There might not be a school outside of the Big Ten that is making life more difficult for Nebraska football recruiting regarding locking down the state than the Colorado Buffaloes. It’s become clear since Deion Sanders arrived in Boulder that he’s decided he wants to set up a pipeline to mine the Nebraska high school football talent.
Nebraska football recruiting followers might remember that Rhule and “Coach Prime” were engaged in a bit of a duel when it came to the services of the state’s top player in the 2023 class. Malachi Coleman ultimately chose the Huskers, but he was in Boulder the weekend before the early signing period and there was more than a little trepidation he might head to CU.
Losing out on Coleman doesn’t seem to have soured Sanders on trying to get the best talent in Nebraska. In fact, over the last week, he’s come after at least another two high schoolers right in Rhule’s back yard.
On January 25, Colorado issued an official offer to Omaha Central offensive lineman Caleb Pyfrom. The massive lineman has seen his stock rise through the roof since the Cornhuskers became the first Power 5 school to offer.
Nebraska Football Recruiting Pipeline
On Sunday, Coach Prime decided to be the first Power 5 offer for another Nebraska high schooler in Elkhorn South lineman Ashton Murphy. Before the Buffs, Northern Iowa was the biggest school to come calling for Murphy. It will be interesting to see if the offer from Colorado has Rhule and company giving the offensive tackle another look.
The two schools are also going toe-to-toe for a quarterback. Bellevue West’s Daniel Kaelin paid a visit to Boulder over the weekend and it appears he liked what he saw.
Sanders’ attempts to establish a pipeline in Nebraska is an interesting twist to a rivalry that will be reborn once more this fall. There were the rumors that Coach Prime was going to bring his act to Lincoln, there’s the snickering behind out collective hands at the videos the CU staff has put out on social media, and there’s the fact that Scott Frost was 0-2 against the former Big 8 and Big 12 rival.
Nebraska football recruiting squaring off against Deion Sanders is just one aspect of this budding rivalry between two teams that only play each other every few years.