The 500 mile radius in 2014

The talent pool in the 500-mile radius of Lincoln features many talented players in the 2014 class.

For the second straight year, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini talked about the 500-mile radius surround Lincoln during his National Signing Day press conference. There were some cities Coach Pelini mentioned specifically such as Kansas City and St. Louis. It's a bountiful year in the radius and if Nebraska can be effective there this year, it should set the Huskers up for another solid recruiting class.


There are four players in the state of Kansas that are already holding an offer from Nebraska. Last year, there were just two from Kansas that got an offer from the Huskers, and the year before that there weren't any.

For having two in-state D-I programs, the state gets picked from a lot whether it's: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Arkansas or even Nebraska. Two years ago, Nebraska landed Bubba Starling before he signed with the Kansas City Royals.

Braden Smith, OT, Olathe (Kans.), 6-foot-6 and 278-pounds: Rated the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and holding offers from Texas, Ohio State, Michigan, Stanford, South Carolina, Nebraska and others.

Dimonic McKinzy, QB, Kansas City Wyandotte , 6-foot and 190-pounds. Rated the No. 17 quarterback in the nation currently and actually could get a look to play other positions.

Peyton Newell, DT, Hiawatha (Kans.), 6-foot-3 and 280-pounds: Newell's stock continues to soar. The No. 20 defensive tackle now he's already holding 22 offers and they just keep on coming.

Traevohn Wrench, RB, Edgerton (Kans.) Gardner Edgerton, 6-foot and 190-pounds: Great size and speed combination already holding offers from Iowa, Michigan State, the two in-state schools and Nebraska.

Showing Interest:
Henry McGrew, LB, Stilwell (Kans.) Blue Valley, 6-foot-3 and 227-pounds: McGrew was at Nebraska's junior day in January and while the Huskers says they like him as a LB, he could grow into a DE role.


The University of Missouri probably doesn't like Nebraska much at the moment. The Huskers stole a commitment from the Tigers just days before National Signing Day and held on to four-star defensive tackle Maliek Collins from Center HS in Kansas City (MO). They also had an early commitment from guard Zach Hannon, an All-American from Rockhurst high school, also in Kansas City (MO). Last year Nebraska had to get under Mizzou's skin a little bit stealing away a commitment from them down the home stretch as well as holding onto the commitment from Maliek Collins from Kansas City (Mo.) Center as well as picking up an early commitment from Zach Hannon from Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst.

It was the second straight year Nebraska took a player from Rockhurst, showing Kansas City players are in play.

K.C. is closer to Lincoln than it is to St. Louis. Nebraska would like to get into Mizzou's backyard though too pulling players out of St. Louis if they can. Bo Pelini thinks highly enough of St. Louis to mention it in the signing day press conference. It can not be said enough the impact of players from Missouri to Nebraska's success in the 90's: Grant Wistrom, Mike Rucker, Dan Alexander, Tracey Wistrom, John Garrison and others.

Andy Bauer, OT, St. Louis (Mo.) De Smet Jesuit, 6-foot-5 and 280-pounds: Bauer is the No. 12 rated offensive tackle in the nation and holds offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida and others.

Monte Harrison, WR, Lee's Summit (Mo.) West, 6-foot-2 and 185-pounds: Harrison has a Nebraska offer along with Kansas and Missouri. Probably a top Major League Baseball draft pick next year.

Brian Wallace, OT, St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College HS, 6-foot-6 and 295-pounds: Nebraska and Iowa recently extended offers to Wallace joining Missouri and Indiana.

Showing Interest:
Logan Cheadle, CB, Lee's Summit (Mo.) West, 5-foot-10 and 170-pounds: Cheadle made his way to Lincoln along with Harrison for junior day last month.

Kevin Pendleton, OT, Lee's Summit (Mo.) West, 6-foot-5 and 310-pounds: Pendleton is at the same high school as Harrison and Cheadle and he is already holding an offer from Missouri.


The state of Iowa has been good to Nebraska, but not recently. Coming from Iowa there have been players such as Trev Alberts and Kyle Vandenbosch that came to Lincoln.

Pop quiz! Name the last player from the state of Iowa to sign with Nebraska? You have to go back quite a ways. Try Ben Cotton and the 2008 class. It's a drought. A drought that will take more than rain to overcome too. Nebraska has already extended offers to three players from the state of Iowa. All of them are already off the board and committed to other schools.

Ross Pierschbacher, OT, Cedar Falls (Iowa), 6-foot-5 and 270-pounds: The No. 4 rated offensive guard in the nation is already committed to Iowa over other offers from teams such as Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and others.

Allen Lazard, WR, Urbandale (Iowa), 6-foot-4.5 and 190-pounds: Just about every other year it seems Iowa produces a top WR prospect. Lazard chose Iowa State over offers from Iowa and Nebraska.

Jay Scheel, WR, La Porte City (Iowa) Union, 6-foot-1 and 170-pounds: Scheel was going to be a tough pull from the state for anyone. He committed to Iowa over offers from Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa State.


There isn't always a top D-I player out of North or South Dakota, but every once in a while one pops up.

Last year Nebraska picked up safety Nathan Gerry. A few years ago it was Brent Qvale. There have been several others to call North or South Dakota home to come to Lincoln and have success on the gridiron. When either of these two states do produce a top D-I player Nebraska has to get them. A name like Chad Greenway still haunts me. There aren't any known prospects that Nebraska is interested in at the moment from the two states, but it wouldn't be a surprise if one emerges over the spring like Gerry's name did.


Ask Nebraska junior wide receiver Kenny Bell if it's a mistake to recruit Colorado.

Nebraska fans love it when the Huskers raid the state of Colorado and pull a prospect that CU wanted east to Lincoln. It baffles the Buffs fans which baffles the Husker faithful. Think about 2013 though. I can only think of one player that Nebraska even showed interest in from Colorado, Mitch Parsons who came to Lincoln for junior day, but no one from Colorado picked up an offer. And it's not like last year was a bad year for talent in Colorado. There was Chris Fox, Dan Skipper and others that could have been guys Nebraska should have considered. This is another good year for Nebraska and not a lot of talk of interest and definitely no offers to Colorado players.

Possible Prospects:
Trenton Noller, C, Windsor (Colo.), 6-foot-3 and 311-pounds: Noller is considered the No. 1 rated center in the nation and is holding offers from Arizona and Wyoming already.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian , 6-foot-0 and 190-pounds: Recognize the last name? McCaffrey has offers from Stanford, Washington, Iowa, Arizona State and others.


If you draw a 500-mile radius from Lincoln it will take you to Chicago. Illinois has been good to Nebraska the last couple of years with Nebraska joining the Big Ten and getting established in the conference footprint. The Huskers tend to be very well accepted in the Land of Lincoln and that should continue as long as Nebraska continues to extend offers and diligently recruit the state. The state could be huge to Nebraska this year who needs to continue to build depth at the linebacker spot. Nebraska could be looking for another Carlos Polk

Clifton Garrett, LB, Plainfield (Ill.) South, 6-foot-2 and 215-pounds: Garrett is rated a four-star and the No. 3 MIKE LB currently. Garrett is holding offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and others.

Nyles Morgan, LB, Crete (Ill.) Crete-Monee, 6-foot-3 and 220-pounds: Jones is the No. 4 rated MIKE LB and is also a four-star prospect. Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma and others have all offered Morgan.

Jamarco Jones, OT, Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle Institute, 6-foot-5 and 285-pounds: It's pretty much the same list of characters are already in the picture for Jones that have offered Garrett and Morgan. Jones is a four-star prospect and the No. 5 offensive tackle in the nation.

Parrker Westphal, CB, Bolingbrook (Ill.), 6-foot-0 and 175-pounds: Westphal has already visited Nebraska for Big Red Weekend last year. Westphal is rated a four-star prospect and is the No. 12 cornerback in the nation.

Showing Interest:
Chris James, RB, Niles (Ill.) Notre Dame College Prep, 5-foot-10 and 200-pounds: James is hearing from Nebraska and is already holding an offer from Illinois and Indiana.

Tommy Mister, WR, Chicago (Ill.) St. Rita, 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds: Mister is already holding offers from Notre Dame, Illinois and Indiana. Nebraska is showing interest.
Brian Allen, C, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central, 6-foot-2 and 265-pounds: Allen is definitely a solid center prospect and he is already holding offers from Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Ole Miss and others.

Justin Jackson, RB, Carol Stream (Ill.) Glenbard North, Enoch Smith, DT, Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel, 6-foot-2 and 265-pounds: Smith is rated the No. 17 defensive tackle in the nation holding offers from Notre Dame, Illinois, Indiana and a lot of other schools.

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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