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Mid-Season Recruiting Roundup

With the Cornhusker’s season past the midway point into the bye week, we take an extensive look at the Cornhuskers recruiting board to see who is trending up and who is moving down.

The Huskers stand today with 11 commitments and coach Riley recently stated that he expects to sign around 18 recruits in the 2018 class. Acknowledging a lack of top-end talent, I think Husker fans would like to see the Huskers oversign by the allotted three scholarships the Big Ten allows each team to use to bolster their depth.

Across the Big Ten, Nebraska ranks 6th in the team recruiting standings due to a smaller class size and commit list. If you grade the average quality of recruit, Nebraska would jump up to #4. Nationally, Nebraska’s class ranks around 32nd in the country and is set to take a large leap forward as they add additional recruits to the class.

Take a look at who the Huskers are targeting on both sides of the ball:

Offense

Quarterback

Coach Danny Langsdorf has been incredibly picky looking at the 2018 recruiting class so far. Langsdorf has had several quarterbacks on campus for unofficial visits but has only offered a handful at this point.

*When reviewing the quarterbacks below, be sure to take a look at their game film. You’ll notice that the offenses being run are all very similar to what the Huskers have fully transitioned to this year.

  Bart Harris – A longtime Husker preferred walk-on commit, Bart Harris has been committed to the Huskers since June.  Standing at 6’4 210 lbs Harris has the prototypical pro-style quarterback size that coach Langsdorf loves.  In addition to his terrific frame, Harris is lighting it up this year having already passed for over 1800 yards and 20+ touchdowns midway through the season.

Check out Bart’s most recent game film here.

 Spencer Petras – After visiting the Huskers this spring and subsequently committing to Oregon State, Petras is back on the Huskers radar after coach Gary Andersen left the Beavers midseason. Andrew Nemac from the Oregonian reports that since Andersen’s dismissal the Huskers have offered Petras a scholarship and re-energized their pursuit of him.

Take a look at Spencer’s early-season highlights here

 Jake Dukart – Known early on for his prowess on the baseball field, Dukart originally committed to Oregon State but a trip to Nebraska for the Ohio State game and a strong family relationship with coach Erstad has Dukart thinking about the Big Red.

Dukart is a little raw as a football prospect but has a big arm, is extremely athletic, and carries himself with confidence on the field. He would be a nice pickup for the Huskers if they choose to take another quarterback this cycle.

Take a look at Jake Dukart’s film here

 Matt Corral – Over the past few weeks there were strong rumors that Nebraska was picking up interest with Corral but a recent trip to Florida reaffirmed his commitment to the Gators.

Check out Matt’s most recent game film here

Running Back

One of the biggest question marks in this class is the running back position. At the start of the season, I would have said the Huskers could pass on taking a running back this cycle. However, with the lingering knee issues to Tre Bryant and Ozigbo and Wilbon both being upperclassman it’s more important than ever to land a solid running back in the 2017 class.

 T.J. Pledger  – An Oklahoma commit, TJ Pledger remains one of the top running backs on the Huskers board and after visiting for Wisconsin most believe that the Huskers sit in a good position to flip Pledger. Going off of our information and Oklahoma’s strong recruiting I do not see Pledger making a change anytime soon as the Huskers continue to underwhelm on the season.

Check out Pledgers 2016 game footage here

 Chris Curry – Rumored to be visiting during the NIU game Chris Curry would fit well inside the Husker offense as he is both a running and receiving threat out of the backfield.  He operates out of the shotgun offense and has a similar running style to what Huskers have seen out of Mikale Wilbon this year.

Check out his 2016 game footage here

 Kazmeir Allen –  Here’s a fresh name to keep an eye on in recruiting right now. Kazmeir Allen out Tulare, CA is another running back the Huskers have started to look at recently. While he is a 3-star recruit, Allen currently leads the country in touchdowns scored. He has 37 total touchdowns with 29 of them running the ball, 7 receiving, and one in the return game. Kazmeir is running away with the touchdown title this season according to the high school stats reported on MaxPreps.com.

While Allen is a little smaller for a P5 running back, his speed is legitimate as he was clocked in at 10.48s in the 100m dash last spring. With a strong mid-season highlight reel published a few weeks ago he should start to see his recruiting pickup.

Take a look at his mid-season highlights here

Markese Stepp Without many remaining names on the Huskers board, a dark horse in the race could be Notre Dame commit Markese Stepp. Many Husker fans grumble at the lack of elite recruiting from running backs coach Davis but seemingly forget he has been able to land two talented recruits late in the cycle each of the last two years. Keep an eye on Stepp as the season goes on. 

Check out Stepp’s limited 2016 highlights footage here

Fullback

With Ben Miles doing well this year I wouldn’t expect anything from the Huskers this cycle in terms of a fullback. They’ve also had tremendous success with walk-ons Luke McNitt and Andy Janovich in recent years so they will likely look to fill that gap with a walk-on again this class and next years. 

Tight End

 Cameron Jurgens – With Beatrice native Cameron Jurgens already committed and the Huskers signing two tight ends in 2017 I wouldn’t expect any names to pop up on the recruiting board at tight end in the 2018 class.

Check out Cameron’s senior film against Gross Catholic here

 

Wide Receiver

One of Husker fans favorite positions, the Huskers sit with two solid commitments in the 2018 class in 4-stars Cameron Brown and Joshua Moore. This leaves open 2-3 additional spots for Huskers wide receivers coach Keith Williams who has several top prospects interested.

With injuries mounting this season the Huskers thing depth at wide receiver has been sufficiently exposed. Look for coach Riley to sign 4-5 total wide receivers this cycle to help rebuild that depth as they only lose senior De’Mornay Pierson-El after this season.

 Joshua Moore – One of the Huskers most versatile commits, 4-star WR Joshua Moore continues to excel both on and off the field.  Joshua received an offer to play in the Under Amour All-America game this January and is the first student-athlete from Yoakum HS to earn the honor.

Check out Moore’s versatility in his highlights here

 Cameron Brown – The second WR commit in the 2018 class, Cameron Brown is a talented wide receiver who is just scratching the surface of his potential. With some of the top names in college football pursuing him the Huskers landed a terrific WR in Brown

Check out Cameron’s senior highlight vs Jefferson City High School here

 Isaah Crocker – Crocker is one of the best receivers on the west coast and is finally starting to come into his own as a football player. Crocker visited for the Arkansas State game in September and the visit couldn’t have gone much better. After speaking to him, it’s my opinion that this is only two horse race right now between Nebraska and Oregon. Should Isaah trip back to Nebraska with his father, who wasn’t able to attend the official visit, I would think a commitment is imminent.

Check out Isaah’s senior mid-season highlights here

 Kobe Smith – Smith visited for the Northern Illinois loss but came away with a good impression of the Huskers after seeing the stadium packed full of passionate Husker fans. I don’t feel that Nebraska separated themselves from the pack as there hasn’t been much post visit traction.

Personally, I love Kobe as a wide receiver as he has some of the best hands on the west coast.  At 6’2 if you throw it in his wheelhouse the odds are stacked he will come down with the ball and make the play.

Check out this impressive catch from Smith’s senior film here

 Jalen Hall One of several 5-star recruits looking at Nebraska, the Huskers have put themselves in a terrific position to get a visit from Hall if all continues to go well.  Hall is a 5-star WR for a reason and can turn on the jets and cruise be defenders as well as get physical.  Giving the Huskers a boost in his recruitment the fact that Hall is former teammates with USC freshman WR Jody Lewis who spoke very highly of the Huskers during their pursuit of him last year.

Watch Jalen Hall fly by defenders and take it to the house multiple times in his junior year highlights here

 Brian Hightower – A few weeks ago Hightower would have been just a casual mention on my list of targets given his commitment to Miami.  Give credit to Huskers wide receivers coach Keith Williams for getting Hightower to Lincoln over the Wisconsin weekend for an official visit. Personally, I don’t see him leaving his commitment to Miami at this point but we continue to hear mixed things regarding his interest.

I was able to see Hightower in person during the Chandler vs IMG matchup and thought he was hands down one of the top players on the field that evening. His size, hands, and speed are something the Huskers would welcome with open arms.

Take a look at this recent game clip of Hightower here

 Tommy Bush – Tommy is as fast as he is tall, clocking a 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds with a 6’5 frame to go with it. Pulling a Texas kid out of the state is going to be a tough pull for any program but a terrific visit two weeks ago puts the Huskers in a terrific position to land the receiver.

Watch the highlights of the first 5 games of Tommy’s senior season here

 Chase Cota – With the Huskers in on so many different west coast targets I was thrilled to see Chase get his offer this fall. That said, I think Chase picks someone else. Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, and Alabama are all seriously fighting for the talented wide receiver..

Check out Chase’ first 5 games worth of highlights as a senior here

 Kamryn Babb – Babb is teammates with Husker commit Cameron Brown but the word is that Babb is quite enamored with Ohio State and has been for a while. The Huskers made all the right moves getting Babb in early for an unofficial visit in October 2016 but the needle hasn’t moved in their favor in a long while.  Babb tore his ACL over this August which is a huge bummer as he is a prolific wide receiver and would have been fun to watch playing opposite of Brown.

Take a look at his junior highlights here

 Lawrence Keys III – Keys recruitment has been an interesting one. The Huskers made the cut for him back in May and then made his narrowed down list again August but not much else has been said. Keys is impressive and reminds me a lot of De’Mornay Pierson-El and JD Spielman with the ball in his hands. With the Huskers in his top-6 look for the Huskers to bring Keys in soon for an official visit.

Watch his senior highlights against East St John HS here

 Kassidy Woods – The Huskers sit in a really terrific position with Woods but have multiple names higher on their board right now. Coach Williams respectfully moved his visit from the Wisconsin game out a few weeks as the Huskers will have 4 WR’s visiting for that game.  Keep an eye on Woods as the Huskers could move quickly with him in the future.

Take a look at Kassidy’s early senior season highlights here

Offensive Line

Coach Cavanaugh has done a tremendous job overhauling the Huskers future at offensive line with his recruiting last two years but needs a strong 2018 to truly finish the remodel. Early on, the Huskers appear to be striking out with several top prospects but have begun targeting a new group of seniors to fill out the last 1-2 spots in this class. The one luxury they have this cycle is only needing one offensive tackle to finish up the class.

Will Farniok and Masry Mapieu

 Will Farniok – While Farniok is a little undersized at 260lbs he has fantastic technique as a high schooler and is the first true center the Huskers have recruited in a long time. I expect for his commitment to stick as his family loves the Huskers and Cav has done a great job with Will much like his brother Matt.

Take a look at Will’s junior highlights here

 

 

  Cade Beresford – Close the door on Beresford. It didn’t sound like he would be coming away from the west coast and with Washington State garnering his commitment last week he’s shut his recruiting down. While still learning the position, Beresford has a large upside if coaches are willing to put in the time to help him develop.

Check out Cade’s first three games of his senior season here

 Will Craig -Committed to Cal it will be very tough for coach Cav to pull the blue chipper away from the California coast. While I expect the Huskers to continue to pursue him, I don’t see Craig backing off his commitment to Cal anytime soon. Craig is a bulldozer and versatile enough to play a ton of positions on the OL and I personally would love to see him give the Huskers a look this fall if the Huskers continue to turn their season around.

See some of Will’s senior season highlights here

 Jarrett Patterson – Jarrett is currently committed to ASU and hasn’t officially picked up a Huskers offer but the two have recently started talking. Jarrett should be listed as a firm commit to ASU but if the Huskers can jump start things they could have a shot at getting a visit from him

Check out Jarret’s senior season highlights here

 Richard Gouraige –  Gouraige is one to keep an eye on this fall for the Huskers board. There was chatter he may potentially visit for the Wisconsin game but that failed to pan out. With the need for an offensive tackle in this class, coaches would love to get him on campus if possible. That said, I wouldn’t put Nebraska chances at less than 10% of even securing a visit as Gouraige released his final top 2 of Clemson and Florida this week.

Take a look at Gouraige’s junior season film here

Defense

Defensive Line

The Huskers sit with two commitments so far in the 2018 class and have the luxury of having built up a lot of depth by over-signing the position last year so they will only need to add one more player if they even take another defensive lineman at this point. Don’t sleep on Mapieu either, he may be from a small town but top teams like USC have been in his ear this fall and the Huskers certainly landed a good one out of York, NE.

 Tate Wildeman Things moved quickly for Wildeman this spring after coach Parrella offered Tate during an unofficial visit on April 14th. Two days later, Wildeman had seen enough to know that Lincoln was home and committed.

Multiple reports since then have come out validating what the Huskers saw in the Colorado defensive end and the Huskers appear to be getting a great one with a high ceiling.

Take a look at some of his highlights here

 Masry Mapieu – With Nebraska taking a single nose tackle this class the Huskers offered York, NE Masry Mapieu over Lincoln native Bryson Williams. Both tackles are high ceiling prospects with tremendous potential as they grow into their bodies.

Mapieu has reportedly worked last spring and summer to reshape his body and reports are that it has paid off in a big way. Early this fall it appears Mapieu picked up interest from other programs such as USC but is firm in his commitment to staying home to play football.

We weren’t able to locate any senior film so you can take a look at his junior film here

 Micah Parsons – Ranked as the #5 overall recruit in the entire country Parsons senior season has lived up to the hype behind him. Parsons has taken over games at a variety of positions this fall and has scored in a variety of different ways.

With his off the charts athleticism, Parsons would be a tremendous fit in a 3-4 defense as he has the ability to play both the outside linebacker and defensive end positions.

 Ronnie Perkins – Thought early on to have an in with Perkins it would appear the talented defensive end is favoring the Sooners at this point.  The Husker advantage with Perkins is that OU has already received commitments from defensive ends Jalen Redmond and Ron Tatum.

See his latest senior film here

 Daniel Carson – Kansas City area defensive end Daniel Caron has been at the top of the Huskers board for a while but his recruitment seems to have slowed down with Nebraska. In addition to Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Iowa State, and Ohio State are all in play for the talented recruit at this point.

Check out some of Carson’s latest senior film here

Linebacker

The Cornhuskers are searching for one more commitment after David Alston joined the fray earlier this month. The staff has the luxury of being extremely picky in their linebacker and would like to take someone at the outside linebacker position to help fill a position of need after Newby and Gifford leave the program. Right now there is a lack of depth at the Cat position they need to address.

 David Alston – The Huskers picked up one of the best linebackers in the midwest in David Alston back on October 6th. Stealing a recruit away from in-state Minnesota is always nice but to top it off Alston is a great defensive end in high school and shows the athletic ability to drop into a more than capable 3-4 linebacker at the next level.

 Maureese Wren  A new offer out for the Huskers, Wren plays all over the field at several different positions for Mesquite Horn HS. Wren shines at both WR and OLB and we believe his future is at the OLB as he has a solid 6’4 216lb frame that college coaches love.

Take a look at how he jumps off the screen in his mid-season senior highlights here

Cornerbacks

With three cornerbacks currently committed, the Huskers are looking to secure one or two more commitments depending on who is wanting to get on board at this point. There is nothing but talent left on the Huskers recruiting board at cornerback and as long as they can hold onto this class they should see an immediate lift in physicality and overall talent when the 2018 class arrives on campus as they have sevearl early enrollees.

 Brendan Radley-HilesArguably one of the best cornerbacks in the 2018 class, Bookie has been a long-time commit to the Huskers and brings immediate physicality and playmaking skills to the Husker secondary. Not many teams have taken the step to throw Bookie’s way but when they do he almost certainly makes them pay for it.

From my own observations, one of my favorite characteristics of Bookie is how he uses his eyes to shift back from a receiver to the quarterback. Not without notice, his ability to flip his hips is already at a high level and something Husker fans would arguably like to see more of from their current roster of cornerbacks.

Take a look at a little bit of his senior film here

 Chase Williams – Another early key commitment to the Huskers, Chase Williams has proven that cornerback is the right position for his future as he switches over from wide receiver. He has a tremendous frame, speed, and athletic ability to go along with a strong desire to grow and improve his game.

Here’s a look at his mid-season highlights here

 Mario Goodrich – One of the most coveted cornerbacks in the midwest, Goodrich has playmaking ability that jumps off the field when you watch him. Mario is a jack-of-all-trades for Lee’s Summit as he can play a variety of positions seamlessly. Chalk up his commitment as a big win for the Huskers as some of the best schools in the country were interested in him.

Check out some of Mario’s senior season highlights here

 Isaac Taylor-Stuart – At one point this summer and fall the Huskers looked to be in a good position to land a visit from the talented cornerback but after he released his top 12 schools in late September, the Huskers were on the outside looking in for Taylor-Stuart.

While its a bummer to miss out on Isaac, the Huskers are in prime position to land several other top cornerback prospects if the chips can fall in their favor.

You can see his senior clips here

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Talanoa Hufanga. Photo courtesy of Andrew Nemec

 Talanoa Hufanga – The Huskers secured a key visit from Oregon athlete Talanoa Hufanga last weekend and he appears to be the sole 2018 recruit on campus during the Huskers loss to Ohio State. Talanoa recently released his top 6 schools and spoke highly of Nebraska during an interview with OregonLive.

While we haven’t heard the outcome of his visit to Nebraska if the Big Red can finish strong this season Hufanga would be the cherry on the cake.

Take a look at Talanoa’s mid-season highlights here

 

 Houston Griffith  Another top cornerback who liked the Huskers, Griffith recently visited Florida State and committed to them when he returned home. I would have loved to see Griffith commit to Nebraska with his strong ties to IMG and Husker commits Joshua Moore and Bookie Radley-Hiles.

You can see Griffith’s film here

 Christian Tutt – Nebraska is sitting in a good position with Tutt after visiting for the Wisconsin game a few weeks ago. Tutt will be a difficult recruit to land as Ohio State and Alabama are both after the talented Georgia native. From a playmaking standpoint, Christian is a physical cornerback and doesn’t back down from a challenge and would continue to raise the bar for Nebraska’s secondary.

Check out some of his senior film right here

 Bryan Addison – Nebraska is in a dogfight with 4 other schools for the talented defensive back out of California.  Addison is a two-way player and a ballhawk in the secondary who uses every inch of his 6’5 frame to his advantage. It’s always good to have an in, and the Huskers are sitting well with Addison and on his WR teammate Kobe Smith we mentioned earlier in the report. For what its worth, Addison could easily play both cornerback or safety at the next level.

Keep an eye on Addison as the Huskers would love to get him on campus after making his top 5 schools along with Michigan, UCLA, ASU, and Arizona

Here’s a look at some of Addison’s recent senior film

Kalon Gervin – Listed as an athlete, Gervin stacks up against the best in the nation at the cornerback position. An early commit to Notre Dame, Kalon opened his recruitment up back in May and the Huskers are in the mix to land the talented athlete. Keep an eye on Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Oregon, and Florida as the main competition in his recruitment this fall.

Nebraska will need to make up some ground and set up an official visit if they want to land his services as Gervin is an early enrollee and has already officially visited Michigan State and Oklahoma along with a handful of other unofficial visits.

Check out some of Gervin’s highlights from his senior year here

Safeties

Nebraska will look to add 1-2 Safeties in the class for a total of around 3 “defense backs” who can play in the secondary. Coach Scott Booker was known for his recruiting at Notre Dame so it will be interesting to see how he goes after his guys for the remainder of the year.

 Dallas Craddieth – A fall offer for the Big Red, Craddieth is an explosive hard-hitting safety out of St. Louis who coach Scott Booker and Donte Williams have become really high on. Craddieth’s recruitment is just starting to pick up, and after watching some of his senior film, I expect that trend to continue.

Take a look at his film here

 Aashari CrosswellThe Huskers are in what looks to be a two horse race with USC after hosting him for an official visit on September 2nd.  Crosswell is arguably one of the best safeties in the country and a ball hawk in the secondary. The Huskers lose several contributors the next 2 seasons and he would be a welcome addition to the Nebraska secondary.

Check out Aashari’s senior film here

 Andrew Cisco – A new offer for the Huskers, Andre is a late-blooming prospect in a loaded secondary position at IMG. If you take a look at his senior film you’ll see that Cisco has great vision and incredible anticipation to go along with his hard-hitting physicality. In an interesting twist, Andre is roommates at IMG with Florida State commit Houston Griffth. He should see his stock continue to rise this fall as his film gains more exposure.

Have a look at his mid-season highlights here

 

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