3 newcomers who'll have instant impacts for Nebraska football in 2024

The Huskers signed a top-25 recruiting class and landed some key transfers but who will make the biggest impact for Nebraska football in 2024.

Jan 3, 2024; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers football assistant coach Donovan Raiola
Jan 3, 2024; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers football assistant coach Donovan Raiola / Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports
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WR, Jahmal Banks

The Nebraska football team returns a ton of pieces on defense. Matt Rhule did add a potential starter in the secondary, as well as one at linebacker in Stefon Thompson from Syracuse, but the other guy to make our list, also happens to play offense.

Do you notice a theme? Nebraska football had a top-20 scoring defense last season. They were one of the top rushing defenses in college football. Nebraska also had one of the best rushing offenses in the Big Ten, but due to turnovers and a terrible scoring offense, the Huskers still went 5-7.

Adding Raiola should help with the turnovers. But Nebraska needed more weapons for its talented quarterback. The Huskers have some young wideouts such as Malachi Coleman and Jaylen Lloyd who flashed last season. Freshman tight end Carter Nelson looks like the real deal and Thomas Fidone, a former top-50 recruit is dangerous when healthy.

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But landing Jahmal Banks from the transfer portal was huge. Banks has gone over 600 yards receiving in each of the past two seasons at Wake Forest. He's 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and was pursued heavily by a number of programs including Michigan. Banks can step in and be the No. 1 option which is something Nebraska didn't really have before.