Nebraska football may be making a notable DL recruiting reversal

The Huskers were thought to have lost out on Keona Wilhite, but it looks like they've surged back into the favorites role.

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If there is one rule that should be adhered to regarding Matt Rhule, his Nebraska football staff and recruiting, it’s that they should never be counted out. It wasn’t that long ago that the Huskers appeared to have lost the battle for defensive lineman Keona Wilhite. It now appears they’ve pulled off one hell of a reversal.

The former Washington Huskies signee is days away from signing a new NLI. Suddenly, all signs are pointing to Nebraska football being where he will sign on February 7. On Saturday, there was plenty of movement both by recruiting analysts and Husker staff that point to a commit from Wilhite either on the way, or already here.

Things started when Sean Callahan of On3 posted a prediction for Nebraska to land Wilhite. That was newsworthy enough considering that just days earlier every recruiting platform on the web said he was UCLA bound. 

Then came the cryptic tweets from defensive line coach Terrance Knighton and defensive coordinator Tony White. Both men are well known for posting celebratory posts when they get a commitment. It’s equivalent to white smoke pouring out of the Vatican.

The Nebraska football team appears to have its man. Now it might just be about making it official.

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So what exactly suddenly has all the recruiting experts now believing the Cornhuskers pulled off a reversal for Keona Wilhite. It’s possible Chip Kelly did Nebraska a big favor. 

Kelly is flirting with going back to the NFL as an offensive coordinator. That couldn’t have sat well with Wilhite, who was released from his NLI with Washington after head coach Kalen Deboer left for Alabama.

So now, even if Kelly does stick around, it would appear the Nebraska football program will be the beneficiaries of his flirtations by landing a talented, 3-star defensive lineman, they thought they’d see go elsewhere.