BRR Examines: 2013 WR/TEs

Big Red Report takes a current look at the 2013 tight end and wide receiver board for Nebraska. There is a commitment already at each position in the class, but Nebraska could take one more at position.

Nebraska Wide Receiver/Tight End Targets
2013 HS Football Rankings (full list):
Pos: TE Pos Rank: JC Pos Rating:

Woodland Hills Pierce College (CA)

HT: 6-foot-6 WT: 250

Nebraska targeted Sandland early in the recruiting this year coming in with the No. 6 offer for Sandland who is now close to 20 total offers. Sandland has already officially visited Nebraska back in June around Big Red Weekend. From all accounts he loved it and might have been close to committing, but Sandland seems destined to wait this out now until December and not just the number of suitors has increased but who the suitors are is a little concerning; Oklahoma, Arizona State, Georgia, etc. Sandland is that flex style of TE that Nebraska wants in this class that can immediately step on the field (20 recs for 265 yds and two TDs as a FR) and also provides a great compliment to their other committed tight end.

Kevin Gladney (Nebraska commitment)
2013 HS Football Rankings (full list):
Pos: WR Pos Rank: 78 Pos Rating:

Akron Firestone (OH)

HT: 6-foot-2 WT: 215

Gladney is the fourth player in the 2013 class for Nebraska to come from Ohio and this one might be the real steal or catch if you will. Gladney is a player that really upped his production from his sophomore year to his junior year and will likely get a bump up in the rankings sometime soon. There isn't one part of Gladney's game that just pops out to you on film. He's not a 4.4 guy. He's not a huge or tall target. But, he's consistent when it comes to catching the football. What I also like is when you realize he's not a 4.4 guy, but you see that he consistently gets behind the defense for big plays you also figure out that he's a polished route runner for a high school player and knows how to get open. Gladney chose Nebraska over Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, Purdue, Vanderbilt and others.

Greg Hart (Nebraska commitment)
2013 HS Football Rankings (full list):
Pos: TE Pos Rank: 32 Pos Rating:

Kettering Archbishop Alter (OH)

HT: 6-foot-5 WT: 225

Hart was the third member of the 2013 class to hail from Ohio following both Marcus McWilson and Courtney Love from Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney. If you have a chance to watch Hart you might see the comparison that he's heard from Nebraska in Kyler Reed, but Reed is special. Reed is actually an X playing Y. Hart is more like a more athletic J.B. Phillips in my eyes and you can never have enough of those guys around. Hart has good size and speed for a tight end that you can see lined up tight to the tackle or as an H or a U. Hart has soft hands, can get behind defenses with speed, and can really stretch the field. Hart was also considered to be a DE or an OLB prospect by some, but peg him to play TE in Lincoln. Hart chose Nebraska over offers from Northwestern, Purdue, Louisville, Boston College, Cincinnati and others.

Torri Hunter Jr.
2013 HS Football Rankings (full list):
Pos: WR Pos Rank: 45 Pos Rating:

Prosper HS (TX)

HT: 6-foot WT: 170

The name should be familiar to most. Torii is the son of MLB player Torii Hunter of the California Angels. Hunter, Jr. is a physical specimen. A little light, he has the ability to add some weight, but you don't want to stretch it too far. Hunter sports a 36-inch vertical and while not an overly tall player at the X position he can go up and get the ball with the best of them against as tall or slightly taller cornerbacks. Hunter also has the ability to play the slot at the next level and is a threat when you put him in space and allow him one on one matchups either to the outside corner or coming in against either a safety or a linebacker. Hunter visited Nebraska this summer and is interested in returning to Lincoln for an official visit.

Jaelen Strong
2013 HS Football Rankings (full list):
Pos: WR Pos Rank: JC Pos Rating:

Woodland Hills Pierce College (CA)

HT: 6-foot-4 WT: 205

Strong, junior college team mate of tight end Beau Sandland, is one to keep an eye on. Like the tight end position there might be a chance for a junior college player at Nebraska despite there being plenty already. Here's why, Strong will actually be a four years to play three years at the next level and that adds appeal. Strong has a nice combination of size and speed. He definitely has the right mentality as a wide receiver to go to Nebraska because he says that he loves to block. I would be very interested to see what Nebraska could do with Strong on an official visit to Lincoln and paired up with Zaire Anderson because both played junior college ball in California and both are originally from Philadelphia.

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