Nebraska football first in the door for Illinois quarterback

The Nebraska football program was the first to offer Mack Sutter, but it appears that while they were first, they certainly won't be the last.

Sep 9, 2023; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers fans celebrate a score in the third
Sep 9, 2023; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers fans celebrate a score in the third / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The Nebraska football recruiting apparatus is no stranger to being the first program to offer a prospect. While some people might get a bit nervous when a  recruit doesn’t have any other offers, the Huskers have shown the ability to figure out a player that is about to take off and get their foot in the door first.

Matt Rhule and company were once again the first through the door for Illinois dual-threat quarterback and athlete, Mack Sutter. And once again, it looks like the second-year head coach noticed a player that other program are going to come calling for by the dozens before it’s all said and done.

Last week, the Nebraska football team made an offer for the 2026 athlete who certainly has the kind of build that is going to be attractive to almost anybody. 

Despite having just finished his sophomore season, Sutter stands 6-foot-6 and weighs in at 215 pounds. That’s likely why he’s not only a quarterback but someone who has seen time as both a wide receiver and a linebacker. He also happens to be the Dunlap High center on his basketball team.

Nebraska football first in the door for Illinois quarterback

Because Sutter is still young, it’s hard to know precisely where his college career will go. Most recruiting services list him as an athlete, so it appears that being under center might not be in the cards when all is said and done.

Of course, with his statuesque frame, and the ability to make plays on the run, things could change by the time he lands at Nebraksa football or wherever else he might decide to go. 

Regarding the Huskers having a special eye for being the first offer but not the last, Mack Sutter got not only his second offer, but his second Big Ten offer. The Illinois prospect now also has an offer from the Iowa Hawkeyes under his belt.

Expect other Big Ten schools to come calling quickly.