The visitor breakdown

Nebraska will start their 2014 season with five home games. For the season opener against Wyoming Nebraska will have just one official visitor, but a number of unofficial visitors.

Nebraska opens up their 2014 season under the lights of Memorial Stadium against Wyoming. And while football fans are excited to see the start of another football season they also know this means official visitors.

The Huskers will have just one official visitor in attendance tonight, but it's a crucial one. The Huskers will also have a number of notable unofficial visitors coming in for tonight's contest.

Official Visitor:

Rohan Blackwood, OLB/DE, 6-foot-5/215-pounds, Brooksville (Flor.) Nature Coast Technical
Blackwood has the distinction of being the only official visitor this weekend for Nebraska and that may be for good reason. One of the most anticipated newcomers this season for Nebraska is Randy Gregory and there is good reason to compare Blackwood and Gregory together.

Both players have that longer frame that you look for when it comes to recruiting a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker. They both have very good athleticism for their size which they would likely credit their basketball background. They also seem to be the vision and the future of what a defensive end will look like for Bo Pelini's defense and Rick Kaczenski's defensive line.

Blackwood is rated a three-star recruit according to and is listed as the No. 94 defensive end in the country. Besides Nebraska, Blackwood also has offers from schools such as Miami, Mississippi State, Purdue, South Florida, Southern Miss, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Blackwood is planning an official visit to Wisconsin next weekend.

Unofficial visitors:

Peyton Newell, DT, 6-3/280-pounds, Hiawatha (Kans.)
The newest commitment for the Huskers will be in attendance today for Nebraska and expect him to attend all of Nebraska's home games this season. Newell committed to Nebraska only yesterday selecting the Huskers over Kansas, Kansas State and South Carolina.

Newell is the first, four-star recruit for Nebraska in the 2014 class and while he plays defensive end for Hiawatha expect the Huskers to use Newell primarily inside at either one of the two, interior positions on the defensive line. Newell has a tremendous combination of size and athleticism for a defensive tackle.

There is little doubt that Newell will have his eyes on a defensive line that has three freshmen (one redshirt and two true) at the defensive tackle position in the two-deep depth chart for the game against Wyoming.

D.J. Foster, OL, 6-foot-3 and 314-pounds, Lincoln (Nebr.) Souteast
The No. 1 player in the state of Nebraska should also be a constant for all of the Huskers' home games this fall as well. Foster and the Southeast Knights opened up their season as the No. 2 team in the state and played the No. 1 team in the state, losing 38-6.

Foster anchors the offensive line for the Knights and figures to play on the interior of the offensive line for Nebraska. Foster is a physical presence inside, paving the way as an outstanding run-blocker, but according to Southeast head coach Ryan Gottula this summer, has been working hard on his pass-blocking technique as well as snapping the football.

The guard positions tonight for Nebraska are have one senior, two juniors and a sophomore listed on the two-deep as well as a senior and a junior at the center spot. This line is being touted as the best line under Bo Pelini and possibly in the Big Ten this year.

Tanner Farmer, OL, 6-3/280-pounds, Highland (Ill.)
Farmer returns to Lincoln for the first time since committing to the Huskers during his summer camp. Farmer and his Highland team opened up their season last night against DuQuoin and blanked them 44-0.

Farmer was quoted about last night's game giving credit not only to his running back and offense, but to the group that made it all possible his offensive line. Farmer undoubtedly played a large part in that success for Highland anchoring the tackle position for head coach Jim Warnecke.

Farmer is extremely strong and uses leverage well, which you can likely credit his strong wrestling background, and figures to move inside from tackle when he gets to Nebraska.

Mick Stoltenberg, OL/DE, 6-foot-4.5/250-pounds, Gretna (Nebr.)
Stoltenberg and his Gretna squad played last night against Omaha Skutt winning 28-9. Stoltenberg plays both ways for Gretna and figures to play either at the offensive tackle position for Nebraska or possibly as a big, blocking tight end for the Huskers.

Stoltenberg also committed to Nebraska during their summer camp after being offered following his workout this summer. Stoltenberg is a very good athlete for his size and has tremendous strength according to his head coach Chad Jepsen.

Nebraska is deep and young at the tight end position, but not with a lot of players that look like Stoltenberg. Nebraska is also led at the tackle positions this year with three of the five listed on the two-deep depth chart being seniors.

Luke Gifford, S, 6-foot-3/195-pounds, Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast
The second Southeast Knight in attendance this weekend might also be in some doubt as well. According to Gifford's Twitter account late last night he suffered a concussion in the season opener for the second straight season.

Gifford seems to be that model of what Nebraska had been looking for to really re-load in their defensive secondary -- a long, physical defensive back that can play a variety of positions -- and the secondary for Nebraska's defense this year could be it's strength and should be a lot of fun to watch.

Nebraska will start two players with just four career starts (all to Corey Cooper) between them at the two safety positions. Nebraska will also be playing in a base nickel defense to defend Wyoming's offense.

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 11 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 13 years.
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