College football recruiting: Breaking down top commitments from past week (2/20)

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Looking back at the past week of college football recruiting and breaking down the top commitments led by Nebraska football.

Like last week, it wasn’t an overly exciting week in terms of college football recruiting commitments as there were just a few Power-5 pledges.

There’s a lot of visit news and March is when things are really going to start to pick up when it comes to college football recruiting.

Five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola took a surprise visit to Nebraska football over the weekend, while there is also plenty of other visit news when it comes to quarterbacks including 2024’s Jadyn Davis, Jake Merklinger, and Air Noland.

However, Nebraska football got some commitment news this week too as four-star recruit Roger Gradney committed to the Huskers last Monday, just one day after being offered by the Cornhuskers and new head coach Matt Rhule.

Gradney is a dynamic athlete, which makes him a perfect fit for Nebraska football. Rhule values size, speed, and athleticism and Gradney has all of those things. He was limited to just five games last season due to injury but was still ranked 236th overall in the 247 sports composite rankings.

Texas Tech was the only other Power-5 offer before Nebraska football entered the mix. Yet, Gradney who is ranked 155th overall in the top 247, is a legitimate prospect and it feels like more offers will come because this feels like a legit find for the Huskers.

More college football recruiting commitments from the past week

Another Big Ten school landed a commitment this week in the college football recruiting class and that was Minnesota. The Golden Gophers picked up three-star running back Jaydon Wright.

Wright is out of Kankakee, Illinois, and is ranked No. 776 overall in the 247 sports composite rankings for the 2024 class. The 5-foot-10, 220-pounder is also ranked 19th in the state of Illinois and is the third commitment for Minnesota in 2024.

All three Gopher commitments are ranked in the 700s so far and Minnesota is 29th in the 2024 team rankings. The other commitment in the 2024 college football recruiting class from the past week was Whit Hafer, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound tight end from the state of Missouri. He pledged to the in-state Missouri Tigers on Saturday.

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Hafer is the first Tigers’ pledge in 2024 and is out of Joplin. He’s ranked No. 12 in the state via the 247 sports composite rankings. The commitment of Gradney was also the first for Nebraska football in 2024.