Nebraska football on the verge of snagging elite quarterback

The Nebraska football team's efforts to land elite quarterback TJ Lateef appear to be coming to a head and the race could be over soon.
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The Nebraska football team has been working hard to get the quarterback who could eventually take over from Dylan Raiola or Daniel Kaelin or Heinrich Haarberg. When it comes to the 2025 quarterback class, there were basically two names the Huskers have really taken aim at and spent their time with. One of those guys, Alex Manske, decided to stay in his home state and committed to Iowa State.

The other quarterback, who Nebraska has been closely monitoring for the past few months, is believed to be a significant upgrade from Manske. The anticipation around his potential commitment is palpable.

The signs are clear for California quarterback TJ Lateef. They've appeared with such rapidity that it's a strong indication of an imminent commitment. Notably, two prominent recruiting analysts have expressed strong confidence in Nebraska's potential recruitment of Lateef.

On Monday morning, On3's Steve Wiltfong entered a prediction for Nebraska football to land Lateef. Just moments later, Husker-centric analyst Bryan Munson followed suit. The site also updated its odds for Lateef to end up in Lincoln. Nebraska had a substantial lead over Arizona a few months ago when they had a 62 percent chance of getting the talented quarterback. NU is now up to 97 percent chance of securing the commitment of the signal-caller.

Nebraska football moves ever closer to getting its man in 2025 quarterback

As a general rule, when these kinds of predictions come in bunches, they hint that there's been real movement. It's entirely possible that Lateef himself has told someone he's got a strong lean towards Nebraska. Or it's possible he's just talked more glowingly about Matt Rhule and company than he has about other schools.

It certainly makes sense that the Cornhuskers would be leading the way. Lateef came down to check out a spring game that showed Rhule and his staff are more than happy to give young quarterbacks a chance to do their thing.

By all indications, the Orange County quarterback was quite happy with what he saw from Nebraska football in that visit. Now it's all about closing the deal. And that could be happening soon.