Nebraska Football Recruiting

Nebraska Football: Key LB target Jake Appleget set to visit soon

Nebraska football has been busy recruiting over the past couple of weeks, and  a name that may sound familiar is coming to visit this weekend. Linebacker Jake Appleget will visit Nebraska on June 18.

Appleget is a name that has been on the Nebraska football radar for quite some time now. He worked out for the program on June 1 , and that same day, he received an offer from the program. Now, he will take a visit, as Nebraska football has been stocking up their weekend calendars with big names and key targets.

Measuring in at six-foot-four, 210 pounds, he is a three-star recruit in the 2022 class. The Lincoln Southeast product is the sixth overall player in his class from the state of Nebraska per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Appleget has gotten interest from the likes of Illinois State, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota. Out of the teams on that list, I would consider Minnesota the most worthy adversary in a potential recruiting battle.

What could he bring to Nebraska? When you watch his highlights, the first thing that pops out to me is his speed. He played both tight end and linebacker positions in high school, and that speed helped him on both sides of the ball. As soon as the ball is snapped, he shoots past the offensive lineman and is able to make a tackle. His pursuit is very good, and allows him to be able to be a disruptor in an offensive backfield.

To me, he would be a good linebacker in the Nebraska football defensive system. Nebraska wants the linebackers to be athletic and cover a lot of ground. Appleget could certainly do that. Last year, opposing offenses had a relatively easy time finding soft spots in the defense. This is partly because the linebackers simply did not have enough speed to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Appleget could be a player who could do that.

I’ll be interested to see what comes of his visit on Saturday. Nebraska football has been recruiting at a high level, and they have had positive momentum. I could see him committing  soon to the program, or shortly after his visit. Either way, I feel like Nebraska is in a good position to land him.

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