2024 EDGE Keona Wilhite commits to Nebraska

On3 imageby:Hunter Shelton02/07/24


Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic three-star EDGE Keona Wilhite has committed to Nebraska.

He chose the Cornhuskers over Michigan State and UCLA. Wilhite was formerly signed with Washington, but opted to look elsewhere following the departure of head coach Kalen DeBoer for the same job at Alabama.

He is the No. 635 overall prospect and No. 55 EDGE in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He’s also the No. 12 player in Arizona.

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After being released from his National Letter of Intent with Washington, Wilhite immediately made his way to Lincoln for an official visit. He was also visited in-home by Huskers defensive coordinator Tony White. UCLA looked to be in the driver’s seat for the EDGE, but it’s Matt Rhule and Co. that have landed another late piece in the 2024 class.

“They see me as an edge, but playing both sides,” Wilhite told On3. “What was different from other teams is that the others only saw me on the left. Nebraska liked me at both and to keep offenses on their toes.

“I am more comfortable in a three-point, hand-in-the-dirt, and I am working at getting better with the two-point stance. I think that they like the idea of putting me out as a seven or a nine.”

More on 2024 Nebraska class

Nebraska hit it big on the recruiting trail in December, as it flipped Buford (Ga.) five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola from Georgia. The No. 3 signal-caller in the cycle now headlines a group of 26 signees — resulting in the No. 24 class in the On3 Industry Team Recruiting Rankings.

Logan (Iowa) Magnolia four-star interior offensive lineman Grant Brix flanks as a fellow top-100 recruit. Other top signees in the class for Rhule and Co. include DeSoto (Texas) four-star cornerback Mario Buford, Altair (Texas) Rice Consolidated three-star safety Roger Gradney and Bellevue (Neb.) West three-star wide receiver Dae’vonn Hall.