Nebraska football takes the lead in race for 4-star quarterback

TJ Lateef looks to be Nebraska football's top 2025 quarterback target and it appears the Huskers are making progress towards a commit.

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The Nebraska football team might have two freshman quarterbacks in the 2024 class, but Matt Rhule is smart enough to know that you can never have enough bodies in the quarterback room. It’s also never too early to be planning for the future.

Regarding planning for the future, the Nebraska football team seems to have pinpointed the program’s top quarterback target in the 2025 cycle. And the good news there is that TJ Lateef might be close to pinpointing his favorite team. 

Lateef, a 4-star prospect out of Orange Lutheran is currently the 10th best quarterback in his class by 247Sports. The California native had originally looked like he was going to stay on the West Coast, but it’s possible this is a prospect where the Huskers are big beneficiaries of the changing landscape of college football.

In the fall of 2023, Lateef looks like he was headed to become an Arizona Wildcat. On3 listed the Pac-12 turned Big 12 school as having a 60 percent chance of landing the talented passer. However, things have changed drastically. 

On the same week where Lateef confirmed that he’s going to be visiting Lincoln and seeing what the Nebraska football program has to offer in April at the Spring Game, the Cornhuskers leapfrogged Arizona as far as expected favorite. 

On3 now believes Matt Rhule and company are the leaders by the same margin the Wildcats once held. And all of this comes just about 10 days after Lateef first got an official offer from NU.

TJ Lateef looking like big get for Nebraska football

It’s worth noting that things are not all signed, sealed and delivered. In addition to a trip to Lincoln, TJ Lateef is also considering visits to Texas A&M and Ole Miss. 

One thing is clear, after losing out on their previous top quarterback target for the 2025 class in Alex Manske, the Nebraska football team has picked itself up and dusted itself off quite nicely.