2014 DB Henre' Toliver from Archbishop Rummel (Metairie) has a Nebraska offer, although the Huskers will have to beat out fellow contenders Georgia Tech and Louisville to land the lanky shutdown corner from the East Bank of New Orleans. Read more about Toliver and several more prospects of interest to Nebraska football...
There's good news and fair-to-middling news when it comes to the current state of Nebraska
recruiting in the state of Louisiana.
First, the "fair news"...
No 2014 prospects in Louisiana appear to be primary targets of Coach Joseph and Coach Pelini, although there's plenty of time for that to change prior to NSD next year.
Alonzo Moore and Trevell Dixon were both guys from "The Boot" that were being prominently mentioned in conjunction with Nebraska early during the recruiting process.
Both, of course, were highly-rated (three to four stars) skill players from Louisiana that signed with the Cornhuskers.
At the moment CB Henre' Toliver is the only 2014 Louisiana player that I would feel comfortable pegging as a legitimate, viable, potential Nebraska signee.
I expect that to change over the next few months, especially when official visits get started, and will supplement this article with additional series of this segment.
I still have plenty of exciting prospects to discuss. I'm going to mention two more 2014s that seem like good Huskers' targets, in my opinion, and I'm going to break down several 2015s and 2016s that Coach Joseph might jump on in the future. Many of these youngsters already have offers.
2014 CB HENRE' TOLIVER (6-1, 175) -- (Archbishop Rummel) - Nebraska offered Toliver a while back, and he's up to a total of at least seven. Georgia Tech and Louisville have both offered this long-armed CB, and those two schools have had success in Louisiana. Louisville signed OLB Lyn Clark (O.P. Walker) this year; Clark wasn't highly-rated as a two-star without a national ranking at his position, but he can play.
Back to Toliver, who was discussed in the first segment of this series. He did excellent work last year for the nationally-ranked, unbeaten Class 5A state champion Raiders. He has nice length to effectively match up one-on-one with receivers such as four-star Cameron Sims, the 6-4 wide-out out of Ouachita (which was stymied by Toliver and Rummel in the playoffs).
Nebraska hosted Toliver's teammate, Dwayne Eugene, during the spring. Eugene is a safety.
If Coach Joseph starts to make a press to get Toliver, it will be discussed next time.
2014 OL Alex Anderson (6-5, 280) -- (O.P. Walker) - This big man is projected at guard, although he says colleges want him for left tackle. He reported 10 offers late last week, with Arkansas and Southern Miss as co-leaders. Anderson missed the first five games last year after transferring from Bonnabel, but he was money once he got in the lineup. Check the first play on his Youtube clip, where he pancakes five-star DE Gerald Willis.
Miami and Oregon State two more of Anderson's offers. He's not hearing from the Huskers at this point.
2014 CB Daniel Lewis (5-11, 192) -- (New Iberia Senior) - Lewis, a three-star Hawaii commit, is the most popular kid in the school (I live in New Iberia). He committed to Hawaii, the first school to offer, and is being recruiting heavily by the local Ragin' Cajuns in Lafayette. Arizona State is serious about Lewis, and Ole Miss and TCU were here last week. I'm projecting Ole Miss to offer and get Lewis, unless he's blown away by the Hawaii trip or gets an attractive big-time offer from another school (like Nebraska.)
He's not had any contact with Nebraska. Lewis preps at Corey Raymond's alma mater (NISH). I like him best at RB, but he loves defense and is a full-time corner. Some believe he's best-suited as a safety. He scored a TD on probably 45% of his offensive touches last year (at tailback in power-I, RB in spread, and at wildcat running the spread option).
2017 RB/LB Dylan Moses (6-2, 220) -- (University Lab) - This eighth-grader already has a Nebraska offer, along with several more, although he's a very heavy LSU lean. His father greatly respects the Huskers' tradition, but as of right now, LSU is the solid favorite.
2016 WR Mykel Jones (6-0, 185) -- (Patterson) - Jones got offered by Florida State last week. His dad is an attorney and his older brother (Justice Jones) is a QB at Texas Southern. Check out his film (and any of the others listed) on Hudl and/or Youtube. If any prospect discussed doesn't have film available, I'll let you know.
2015 WR Daylon Charlot (6-0, 180) -- (Patterson) - Charlot collected offers last fall from Arizona State and Mississippi State, although he says neither has stayed in consistent contact. Charlot did nothing to hurt his stock during the 2012 season, gathering over 1,000 receiving yards while sharing touches with the aforementioned Jones and three-star TE Deondre Skinner.
2015 OT Jerry Tillery (6-5, 315) -- (Evangel Christian) - As a sophomore, Tillery stole the show from senior three-star OL teammate Josh Thomas. Tillery has a perfect 4.0 with a 24 on the ACT as a freshman. He's getting very close to offers from LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and more. 2015 OL Garrett Thomas (Many) has two offers and plays right tackle, while Tillery projects as a left tackle. Both are very good.
2015 WR Rickey Preston (6-0, 180) -- (Hahnville) - A good observer of talent told me Preston is the best player in the River Parishes (including last season, which would put him ahead of four-star Rickey Jefferson). He's a big-play threat who patterns himself after Larry Fitzgerald. Plays on the 5A level. Had 10 TDs.
2015 CB Deshawn Raymond (6-1, 175) -- (East Jefferson) - Raymond has three offers: Houston, Western Kentucky and McNeese State. He's the younger brother of current LSU DB Derrick Raymond. Confident, but not cocky, has great speed...led East Jeff's 4 X 400 relay team to the state finals and ran back-to-back 49-second splits in both the regionals and finals.
2015 CB Xavier Lewis (5-11, 180) -- (East St. John) -- Goes head-to-head with Rickey Preston during district competition. Lewis has a Tulane offer and could get one from Florida State. Most people have him as the top DB on their in-state 2015 board.
2015 WR Jazz Ferguson (6-5, 215) -- (West Feliciana) - Ferguson could give RB Nicholas Brossette a run for his money in the race for the overall No. 1 player in Louisiana. Up to double-digits in offers, along with brother, 2014 DE Jay Ferguson.
2016 MLB/RB Devin White (6-3, 220) -- (North Webster) - White is the No. 2 player on my 2016 board, behind only West Monroe QB Jon Randall Belton. Team lost to John Curtis in the second round of the playoffs. White has legit 4.55 speed. Runs in the 10.6 to 10.9 range in the 100 meters. Qualified for state in that event and placed fifth, beating Ole Miss RB signee Eugene Brazley.
2016 OL Willie Allen (6-7, 270) -- (John Curtis Christian) - Allen sat out last year due to transfer. He'll be counted on in a big way during the 2013 season, which sees defending national champ Curtis take on St. Augustine (five-star RB Leonard Fournette), Edna Karr (Gerald Willis, Devante Noil, Anthony Jones), Bergen Catholic (NJ) and St. Thomas Aquinas (FL). Allen is nimble enough to play on Curtis' basketball team, which he did this year once he became eligible.
NOTE: None of the prospects listed above, other than Toliver, are getting Nebraska interest at the moment, but I forecast that to change as spring eval continues (that's the good news).