Nebraska football pursuit of star QB target heats up after spring game visit

Nebraska football intensifies efforts to secure top QB recruit TJ Lateef following impressive spring game visit, amid competition from West Coast and SEC.
Nebraska Spring Football Game
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The Nebraska football team certainly seems to have the quarterback of the present and the near future on campus. Dylan Raiola showed out during the Huskers' spring game in a way that even his biggest supporters seemed a bit surprised about. Even if Raiola is the real deal, the Cornhuskers are eventually going to have to plan for a quarterback of the future after Raiola. 

There was a time when that quarterback of the future looked like Alex Manske. However, since he committed to Iowa State, Matt Rhule and company put all their eggs in the TJ Lateef basket.

Since taking aim at Lateef, the Nebraska football program has made steady progress with the 4-star 2025 prospect. It appears they made even more progress this weekend, when Lateef was in town for the spring game shootout.

"Yeah, I think Nebraska is in a really good spot there," Nebraska football recruiting analyst Sean Callahan said during an appearance on The Inside Scoop

Callahan added that does't mean the fight is done. 

Nebraska football's recruitment battle for quarterback prospect TJ Lateef

"I mean, the competition seems to be more on the West Coast between the Arizona schools and Oregon State right now," the analyst added. "Obviously, he's got some SEC attention from Georgia and Auburn."

Lateef also recently visited Colorado. Since Matt Rhule and Deion Sanders took over their prospective programs, the Buffaloes and Huskers have faced off for several prospects. 

Despite there still being a fight for Lateef, he clearly had a great visit for the spring game. Callahan believes that seeing Memorial Stadium full of fans and watching the Cornhuskers offense look quite a bit better than it has since Rhule arrived were good for Lateef to see.

"Getting him here this weekend, watching young quarterbacks play well in that spring game," Callahan added. "It had to leave a lasting impact, I would think, on TJ Lateef."

Now Nebraska football just needs to close the deal.