Nebraska football: Which early signing day recruit will make the biggest impact?

When talking about Nebraska football's early signing day impact players it might not always be the ones with the most stars

Nov 18, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA;  Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Matt Rhule walks the
Nov 18, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Matt Rhule walks the / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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488. Caleb Benning-Impact Player. Caleb Benning. . Omaha Westside, NE. S. 3-star. Caleb Benning. player.

There are players in this class that have more stars, even on the defensive side of the ball for the Nebraska football team. However, Caleb Benning had intangibles and talent that could translate to a ton of playing time as a true freshman and beyond.

Benning was ranked as the 6th best player in the state. When talking about Nebraska, that might make some people think that he’s just not that good but it’s important to note that while he was largely overlooked entering the 2023 high school season, he raised a lot of eyebrows this past fall.

Benning played for the powerhouse Omaha Westside and led a defense that allowed an average of just 3.5 points per game. The squad didn’t allow a point in its final three playoff games, including the title game it won by 40 points.

Benning is a multifaceted talent who also played quite a bit at wide receiver, notching 45 catches in his senior season. He’s also seen quite a bit of action as a kick and punt returner. Nebraska football head Matt Rhule has talked about how much he likes a mix-and-match roster. Benning fits that bill and could see the field in any number of different roles.