Nebraska football QB commit stuck between a rock and a hard place

Nebraska football quarterback commit Daniel Kaelin seems to be an unfortunate victim of transfer portal mania and the unofficial "flip season."

Sep 16, 2023; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Oregon State Beavers quarterback Aidan Chiles (0) warms up
Sep 16, 2023; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Oregon State Beavers quarterback Aidan Chiles (0) warms up / Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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While Nebraska football fans spent most of the last week getting very excited about the quarterbacks that might be committing to the Huskers in the near future, there was seemingly almost a concerted effort to forget about the QB who is already a member of the 2024 recruiting class.

Daniel Kaelin has been a very good soldier for the Cornhuskers since he committed this past summer. It's not a coincidence that his commit came not long after Dylan Raiola announced he wasn't going to be part of the Nebraska football recruiting class and was instead headed to the Georgia Bulldogs.

Once Kaelin committed, he almost immediately started peer recruiting. It's possible that his involvement played a part in the Huskers landing Carter Nelson. It's possible he helped land a few others. And now it seems Kaelin is a man without a place to call home, less than a week before signing day.

Kaelin is officially between a rock and a hard place. He committed to Nebraska because Dylan Raiola wasn't going to be a member of the team. Now, there's at least a decent chance that he will be signing his name to a pledge to join the Cornhuskers on December 20.

Nebraska football commit might be stuck

Right about the same time that the rumors that Raiola might be coming to Lincoln after all popped up, Kaelin started looking around again. Eventually he decided to take a trip to Michigan State to see what the Spartans had to offer one of the best players in the state of Nebraska this past season.

However, on Thursday, the Spartans got a very talented transfer quarterback in Aidan Chiles. The former Oregon State signal-caller saw substantial playing time as a true freshman despite being a backup to DJ Uiagalelei. Chiles completed 70 percent of his passes for four touchdowns.

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So now, Daniel Kaelin has a problem. If the Nebraska football commit wants to go elsewhere, he has to go where he'll almost certainly sit behind the presumptive starter. If he stays, he's staying with a school that has told him a couple of times now, they value another quarterback more. It's an unenviable position for the Bellevue West product and a shame considering how much loyalty he showed the program since becoming a part of it.