Nebraska football is going to have a busy weekend of visitors. The list is extremely long, and features both committed and uncommitted prospects. Two prospects on the list that caught my eye in particular are quarterback Dylan Raiola and cornerback Mario Buford.
Raiola is a Nebraska legacy prospect. He is a four-star quarterback and is the third overall quarterback in the 2024 class, and the seventh overall player in his class from the state of Texas per the 247Sports composite rankings. The list offers of offers he has received is rather long. In addition to Nebraska, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, and Missouri are among those who have extended an offer his way.
Most recently, he received an offer from Texas on September 25.
In the meantime, Buford is not ranked in the 247Sports composite or overall rankings. He does however have an impressive offer sheet that includes Illinois, Mississippi State, Oregon, and UCF. Most recently, he was offered by Illinois in June. He is the brother of Marques Buford.
Why are these players important?
Why are these two players visiting important to me? To be perfectly honest, it’s because they both have connections to the University. Dylan’s father Dominic has both Nebraska football and NFL bloodlines. Nebraska football has recruited the quarterback position heavily. Landing the younger Raiola would be a massive get considering how talented he is, and how big his profile is growing.
To me, it seems like Buford would be the easier get , given that his brother plays here. Buford is talented in his own right, having been invited to the 2020 Freshman Youth All-American Bowl. His athleticism and his big-play ability defensively could be a tremendous asset to Nebraska. Nebraska has had luck with developing players in the secondary. Buford would certainly fit the bill in this regard.
I’ll be interested to see how the day goes overall. Nebraska is already starting to recruit some of the future classes. It’s all about continuing to build the program, and Nebraska is trying to accomplish that.