After four-dunk hoops game, Jeremiah Charles receives Nebraska football offer

 Twenty-two points. Four dunks.

It may not have been the best basketball game of Jeremiah Charles’ career, but it might have been the most important game of his life. It’s the one Nebraska football coaches watched before offering the 6-foot-2, 170-pounder a scholarship.

Now Charles, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound receiver from Arlington (Texas) Martin, will visit NU this weekend. It he likes what he sees at NU, he could commit right away, closing a whirlwind year for a kid who didn’t play football before last season.

 His twin brother, Josiah, signed with New Mexico State in December, and Jeremiah, seeking to do his “own thing” was leaning toward North Texas – before Tuesday.

That’s when Husker coach Matt Rhule and new tight ends coach Bob Wager – Charles’ former head coach at Martin High School – paid a visit. Wager vouched for Charles’ football acumen – he caught 23 passes for 452 yards and five touchdowns this season – and Charles’ track skill as a triple jumper helped, too. Then, the basketball game, a 73-54 win over Arlington High School.

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Rhule, Wager and Co. brought Charles to the office of Martin’s basketball coach. There, Charles got the offer.

“I started crying,” Charles said. “I’m not going to lie. It was crazy.”

Josiah tackled his brother. His mom looked him straight in the eye, Jeremiah said. A unrated prospect headed to hometown UNT was now looking at a Nebraska scholarship offer.

“My speed, my hands,” Charles said when asked what stands out about his game. “I need to get a little bit more shifty, but that’s it. I can run. I don’t go down easy.”

Wager can vouch for all of it, too. He just coached Charles on the field. Charles said it was odd seeing Wager in Husker gear when he’d spent so many years in Martin gear.

“Passion, commitment, loyalty,” Charles said of Wager. “He’s really more about character than how well you do on the field. He wants you to be a dog on the field, don’t get me wrong, but if you can’t act right in class, he’s not happy.”

 Charles is one of several visitors this weekend, and his offer continues three clear trends with Rhule’s recruiting approach:

»A heavy focus on Texas. Wager’s addition to the staff is paying immediate dividends, but NU already had its hooks in Lone Star State recruiting. Charles would be the fifth commit for the 2023 class from Texas, where Rhule used to coach in college at Baylor. He’s hired two coaches from the state – Wager and Garret McGuire – and several more for his personnel department.

»A willingness to pursue unrated prospects. Charles is the latest recruit to receive a scholarship offer when he has no star rating, joining Brice Turner, Eric Fields and Jason Maciejczak. Those signees received subsequent ratings – including fairly strong ratings for Turner and Fields.

»An overhaul of the receiver room. Charles would be the fifth high school signee in the 2023 class, and Nebraska has added two transfers (Virginia’s Billy Kemp and Baylor’s Josh Fleeks) and welcomed back Zavier Betts and Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda.

“Receiver is a spot we need to build,” offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield said Jan. 6. “We’ve got some good receivers, I just think we need to build the depth there, and the different types of receivers. You don’t want them all to look the same and be the same. You need different body types.”

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