Nebraska football seemingly surges ahead for Sooners’ target

General view of the stadium during the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
General view of the stadium during the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /

The Nebraska football team could be on the verge of landing an edge rusher that the Oklahoma Sooners seemed to have a grip on until recently.

The Nebraska football recruiting efforts under Matt Rhule have been about as good as we’ve seen for over a decade. He took a class that was struggling a bit in 2023 and managed to close it out quite strongly. The success of the 2024 class so far has national analysts taking note. And Rhule hasn’t even coached a game yet.

If the analysts at On3 are correct, then the Nebraska football team really pulled a rabbit out of a hat in the last few days. Jayshawn Ross, who has long been thought to be a lock to go to the Oklahoma Sooners, is now considered a near lock to end up in Lincoln. Just what happened for the wild swing is still a mystery.

There have been other recruiting publications that believed the Cornhuskers had at least managed to edge their way into contention for the 4-star edge rusher. But it was still a consensus Oklahoma win whenever Ross pulled the trigger.

On3 had the Sooners as an 89.9 percent chance of winning the sweepstakes for the Kansas City, Missouri prospect about two months ago. However, on Thursday, something changed in a big way for Recruiting Editor Josh McCuistion. He also happens to be a co-publisher of On3. He’s a bigwig. Someone who certainly sees the ebbs and flows of recruiting quite a bit. And he thinks Ross is flowing toward Nebraska football.

Is Nebraska football the leader for Jayshawn Ross?

If the Cornhuskers suddenly surged into the lead for the 4-star recruit, it wouldn’t be the first time this summer this kind of thing happened for Matt Rhule and his staff.

Last month, the Nebraska football team suddenly surged into the lead for Hawaii’s best player in Preston Taumua. That surge, like the one for Jayshawn Ross seemingly came out of nowhere.

Just a few weeks later, Rhule and the Huskers’ staff were getting Taumua’s commitment. One can only hope Nebraska football has that kind of trick up their sleeves once again.