Washington loss could be Nebraska football gain in 3-star DB

Keona Wilhite is giving the Nebraska football team a try after getting released from his Washington NLI after Kalen DeBoer's departure.
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The Nebraska football team has mostly been untouched this month by the turmoil going on with the Alabama Crimson Tide and Washington Huskies programs. That could be changing in the very near future.

Since Kalen Deboer left the former Pac-12 program, there have been of players entering the portal from Washington. There have also been some decommitments and even those who already signed Letters of Intent being let out of their agreements.

That's how Keona Wilhite enters the picture for Nebraska and why he's visiting Lincoln. The 3-star defensive back signed his NLI back when it looked like Deboer was set to be part of the Huskies program for a long time. When things took a turn and he took off for Tuscaloosa, Wilhite decided he needed to reconsider where he was going to school.

Now that the Salpointe Catholic product is a free agent again, Matt Rhule and company are showing interest and things could move quite quickly.

The 3-star EDGE is going to be making visits in the very near future, likely looking to wrap things up before the next National Signing Day in February. That's now just a few weeks away. According to Bryan Munson, those visits will star

Wilhite is now officially a part of a rather big recruiting weekend for the Nebraska football team. Most of the guys that are really lighting up the radar are 5-star prospects like Jackson Cantwell. However, Wilhite offers the possibility of being one more body on the 2024 commitment rolls who could be an impact much sooner than 2026.

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Should the visit go very well with Keona Wilhite and he decides to commit, it would be the second edge rusher to give their pledge in the last week. On Thursday, Colorado defensive lineman Jordan Ochoa committed on the same day he received a Nebraska football offer.

If Wilhite joins him, it will certainly be interesting to see how an already real roster crunch will be handled before spring ball.