Nebraska Football: Huskers outrunning competition for 5-star back

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Nebraska football appears to be hanging on quite well in the fight to land one of the best running backs in the entire 2024 class.

Nebraska football recruiting for the 2024 cycle has been better than most Husker fans could even dream of when Matt Rhule was first named the head coach in November. Things could get positively orgasmic should the Cornhuskers somehow manage to pull a rabbit out of a hat and land 5-star running back Nate Frazier.

Admittedly, actually landing Frazier – who is considered among the best if not the best running backs in the 2024 class – is still a long way from being a done deal for the Nebraska football team. But it took a big step in the right direction earlier this week.

That’s when Frazier announced his Top 8 teams and Nebraska was right smack dab in the middle of that list. Now the bad news.

The other seven teams that the running back is considering are no slouches. Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, Oregon, Miami and Tennessee are the finalists alongside the Huskers.

In years past, it would be easy to say that there is no way that Frazier is coming to Lincoln. Even this year it’s quite easy to say exactly that. But when you look at the surprises Rhule has managed to pull off over the last month, it’s hard to say there’s no chance.

Nebraska football still in the running

Just where Frazier might end up appears to still largely be a mystery. 247Sports has yet to enter a single crystal ball for him. That likely means he’s still a ways off from naming even a Top 5, let alone the Top 1.

On3 believes it has at least some ideas on where the running back is leaning. Unsurprisingly the site doesn’t give the Nebraska football team much hope. Oregon is a slim frontrunner, with a 29 percent chance of landing him. Alabama and USC are second and third. Of course, USC didn’t make his list of Final 8 squads.

Rivals thinks the Georgia Bulldogs are the team to beat. That makes sense and is also potentially heartbreaking. Nebraska football fans would likely enjoy being spared from losing another top target to the Bulldogs.

For now, the Cornhuskers can just be happy they’re still in the running. Matt Rhule has shown that if he’s given a chance, he makes the most of it.