Former Nebraska football target Dylan Raiola surprised the college football world when it was announced that he won’t be playing in Arizona this fall.
There’s little doubt that Nebraska football recruiting and really recruiting in general, can be quite the soap opera. Husker fans certainly understand that the recruiting of Dylan Raiola was definitely a bit of a soap opera.
However, the latest development in the story of Dylan Raiola might be one of the more interesting ones. The 5-star quarterback, who built himself quite the recruiting profile while quarterbacking for a high school in Arizona is playing his senior year in Georgia.
The move makes sense for one big reason. He’ll get acclimated to the state and everything it has to offer before he takes a snap for the Georgia Bulldogs. One has to wonder what happens if he sours on the Dawgs.
After all, there’s still about six months before Raiola can sign a National Letter of Intent. He seems solid for Georgia, but he also seemed solid for Ohio State before he decided they were completely out of the picture.
It would seem as though this time around though, he’s more locked in. After all, he’s transferring to another state for one year of football. That’s more of a commitment to a school than most make.
Raiola’s dad explained the move to On3 and it obviously makes sense. It’s just not a decision most high schools kids are able to make on a whim.
"“The opportunity came up when Dylan committed to Georgia. We are a close family, and we explored a couple of schools. Buford was where it worked out best. It makes sense for our family because we are 45 minutes from Athens, and we will be at every home game. We and Dylan are ready to make roots in Georgia.”"
Nebraska football ever have a chance?
When you read comments like that from Dominic Raiola, it’s hard not to wonder just how much of a role Nebraska football played once Georgia entered the picture. Would Dylan be planning on playing for one of the best high schools in Nebraska if he’d decided to be a Cornhusker?
It doesn’t feel like it.
The 5-star prospect will also be playing high school ball with some other big time talent in the Peach State, including KJ Bolden and Eddrick Houston, along with elite 2025 prospects Jadon Perlotte and Devin Williams. All of those players are either targeted or committed to Georgia.
It’s not hard to figure out how the Bulldogs have built a juggernaut knowing that.
Would be nice if Nebraska football could find a way to do something similar.