Nebraska football turns up the heat on Alex Manske

The cheerleaders for the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a score (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
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The Nebraska football team appears to be putting on a full-court press for 2025 quarterback prospect Alex Manske with another weekend visit.

Matt Rhule and company have worked hard to recruit in a way that Nebraska football fans haven’t seen in a while. The coaching staff has been pursuing a ton of 2025 recruits over the last few days, but some have seen more love than others.

Count Iowa quarterback Alex Manske among those who have seen the most affection in the last week or so. The Huskers offered Manske just last weekend. On Saturday, he took his second visit in a seven-day period to Lincoln.

It’s certainly an interesting development for a signal caller that didn’t appear to really be on Rhule’s radar until earlier this month. That the Huskers have already hosted him twice now that they are officially pursuing him would seem to be a ratcheting up of the intensity.

One has to wonder at this point if the Nebraska football coaches aren’t gunning for a commitment sooner rather than later.

Nebraska football playing the long game?

It is of course, worth pointing out that even if Alex Manske were to commit to the Nebraska football program in the near future, they couldn’t get him signed on the dotted line until December of 2024. So perhaps there’s another reason for turning up the heat on the quarterback prospect.

One reason might be that the Iowa Hawkeyes finally officially entered the picture. Kirk Ferentz and his evil brood gave Manske an official offer on Thursday, just a few days after the Huskers came calling.

There is also still the lingering question of going this hard after the Iowa signal caller when Stone Saunders is still out there. Do the quarterbacks know that they might both be joining the program? Or is this a change in course?

Nebraska football also recently had Saunders back to town for another visit. The hope is that Rhule can emerge with two top quarterback commits in the 2025 class after taking only Daniel Kaelin in 2024.