State of Nebraska: Top Five in '14

The Cornhusker State is home to several football standouts in the Class of 2014. Josh Harvey and Erin Hartigan examine the best five, bringing you film and the latest in recruitment.

5. Kenzo Cotton, CB, Papillion-La Vista

It was over the weekend that the 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback/receiver set the Nebraska State Track record in the 100-meter dash with a blazing 10.41. This speed transitions well to the football field, which is why Kansas State jumped for him in March, followed by Ohio. Kenzo's father, Curtis Cotton, was a defensive back for Nebraska in the early '90s, so the home state Huskers are certainly a favorite of his. You can expect Kenzo to have jumped on their radar following weekend. (Note: video was taped prior to state track meet.)

4. Mick Stoltenberg, DE, Gretna

Things have really heated up for Stoltenberg in the last month, following impressive performances at both April's Under Armour Showcase in St. Louis and the Nebraska Domination Top 50 Combine earlier this month. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound end now carries a trio of offers from Tulsa, Ohio and South Dakota State, and has garnered strong interest from Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State and Kansas State.

3. Luke Gifford, S, Lincoln Southeast

It didn't take long for Luke Gifford to figure out which school was right for him. Just days after getting his offer from Nebraska in early March, the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder secured the first commitment in the Huskers' 2014 Class. Iowa State entered the picture with an offer shortly after, and I'm sure with another strong season in black and gold it won't be the last, but Gifford assures he is "100 percent" to Big Red. In fact, he played a part in bringing aboard the second pledge, Texas cornerback Jason Hall, and continues to recruit for the Huskers, working on teammate D.J. Foster.

2. Harrison Phillips, DE, Millard West

Whether Nebraska is slow playing Millard West defensive lineman Harrison Phillips or they just really need to see him in camp to form an opinion, other teams are certainly putting the full court press on him to secure a commitment – the biggest maybe being Duke who wrote Phillips 115 hand written letters over the weekend. "Shout out to Duke. 115 personally hand written letters. Wow," tweeted Phillips. "They are clever."

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound end has quietly collected 11 offers with Duke, Kansas State, Northern Illinois, Florida Atlantic, Ohio, Harvard and Yale, among others.

1. D.J. Foster, OG, Lincoln Southeast

It was April of his sophomore year that offensive guard D.J. Foster collected his first offer from down the road, from the University of Nebraska. In fact, Foster was the first 2014 prospect in the state to receive a Husker offer. Following an impressive outing at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January was when things took off nationally for him. The 6-foot-3, 307-pounder now sits at nine offers with Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Ohio.

He plans to visit several this summer before narrowing his list, beginning with the SEC- Florida, Georgia and Alabama in June.


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