LINCOLN - Nebraska football will host a number of top 2024 recruits for Saturday's game against Illinois, including a five-star legacy who's committed to Ohio State and intends to tag along with his younger brother.
Dylan Raiola, the nation's No. 1 2024 recruit according to multiple services, will return to NU for the first time since he picked Ohio State in the spring. The Huskers have offered a scholarship to Dylan's younger brother, Dayton, who is a 2026 quarterback recruit. Both play for Chandler (Ariz.) High School.
The World-Herald has learned both of them - plus 2024 Bellevue West quarterback Daniel Kaelin - will be attending the game. Dylan has informed Rivals.com that his trip to Nebraska is in support of his younger brother's offer. Dylan on Thursday also tweeted support for the Buckeyes, who will play at Penn State on Saturday.
Still, it's a chance for Nebraska to have another - and perhaps different - chat with the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder with a big arm. Raiola's last trip to Nebraska, for the spring game, was complicated by the presence of 2023 quarterback commit Pop Watson, who was also visiting campus. Raiola later visited OSU and picked the program that has sent two straight quarterbacks into the first round of the NFL Draft.
Since Raiola last came to NU, head coach Scott Frost has been fired and interim head coach Mickey Joseph - a potential contender for the Husker job - has leaned into Nebraska's recruiting efforts. Top 100 prospect Malachi Coleman - the Lincoln East receiver who committed last week - is also scheduled to attend the Illinois game.
Other visitors include:
»2024 Lee's Summit (Mo.) receiver David Dossett, who has offers from Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri.
»2023 Gretna lineman Mason Goldman, who has an offer from Nebraska and could pull the trigger on a commit to the school soon.
»2023 Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes prospects Bo Hughley - the massive four-star Georgia offensive line commit who's been to several games - and Jediyah Willoughby, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete who claims NU as his first offer.
»2024 Many (La.) offensive tackle Joseph Cryer, who has offers from Michigan State, Louisiana Tech and NU, among other schools.
»2024 Westside safety Caleb Benning, who has offers from Iowa, Kansas State, Wisconsin and Nebraska, among other schools. Caleb is the son of current Husker radio analyst Damon Benning.
»Husker commits such Maverick Noonan, Sam Sledge, Gunnar Gottula and Barry Jackson.
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