Top player from Hawaii, 4-star OL trending toward Nebraska per 247 Sports
Nebraska is working on an impressive 2024 recruiting class under new head coach Matt Rhule. The Huskers still have a ways to go before finalizing that group, and another elite prospect is trending toward a commitment.
The player is Preston Taumua, the top prospect out of Hawaii and a 4-star offensive lineman for the cycle. Taumua has received 5 Crystal Ball predictions for the Huskers on 247 Sports since the beginning of July and 4 of those have come in this week.
Steve Wiltfong — the Director of Football Recruiting for 247 Sports — is included in those Crystal Ball picks for Taumua. He explained in an interview why he’s projecting Taumua to commit to Nebraska when his announcement comes on Sunday:
Talking to sources, there was a time when Oregon looked like they were in a fantastic position here. I know he enjoyed his official visit to Auburn, but the trip to Nebraska, the opportunity to play for Matt Rhule and company. What they’re building in Lincoln I think excites him. And when you look at Matt Rhule’s career — what he did at Baylor, what he did at Temple. You talk to people around the program and they say that this has a chance to be their best recruiting class of all time anywhere (Rhule’s) been.
Preston Taumua, the No. 1 player in Hawaii in the 2024 cycle, is set to commit on Sunday on the 247Sports YouTube channel.@SWiltfong247 has put in a crystal ball for Taumua to Nebraska 🔮
— 247Sports (@247Sports) July 15, 2023
Preston Taumua’s rating
Taumua is listed at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds as an interior offensive lineman out of Waipahu High School in Aiea, Hawaii. The 247 Sports Composite rates Taumua as a 4-star recruit, the 15th IOL in the country and the top player from Hawaii for the cycle.
He spent June taking official visits to Arizona, Auburn, Nebraska and Oregon before arriving at a decision. Taumua is primed to announce his commitment on Sunday.