Peyton Newell, DT, 6-foot-4/280-pounds, Hiawatha (Kans.)
Nebraska wanted to emphasize getting players inside the 500-mile radius and they knocked it out of the park when Newell chose Nebraska at the end of August over South Carolina, Kansas and Kansas State among others. Newell is big, strong and athletic. He could play anywhere from a one out to a five and really cause some mismatch problems for offensive linemen. Newell has been very active with recruiting and communicating with the other commitments.
Terrell Clinkscales, DT, 6-foot-4/315-pounds, Dodge City (Kans.) C.C.
When you look at a player like Newell and young defensive tackles like Vincent Valentine, Aaron Curry, Maliek Collins and Kevin Maurice you see talented, inexperienced players. Add a guy like Clinkscales who is arguably the best junior college defensive tackle and you have a bridge now to take that inexperience and give them a teacher or a bridge to allow them to develop. Clinkscales has said that Nebraska was his favorite school when he was a sophomore in high school. My money is on him loving the Ndamukong Suh part of the weight room and ultimately ends up a Husker.
Tanner Farmer, OL, 6-foot-3/280-pounds, Highland (Ill.)
Farmer is a player that Nebraska was able to sew up during summer camps. I have said it once and I will say it again…I LOVE the lineman that have a wrestling pedigree. The understanding of leverage and the core power that you have to have to wrestle really puts you ahead coming into college. Farmer is already a strong guy anyway and I look for him to be a bright part of an offensive line that will be looking for someone on the interior to lead the way in the coming years. Farmer has an excellent chance to be that guy.
Freedom Akinmoladun, TE, 6-foot-5/240-pounds, Grandview (Mo.)
Akinmoladun waited until Independence Day to announce his intentions to be a Husker. The standout, two-way player for Grandview can be that big-play tight end that Nebraska desperately needs. However, the thought to keep in the back of your mind is the possibility that Akinmoladun ends up playing defense for Nebraska. His coach has compared him to San Francisco 49er and former Missouri Tiger, Aldon Smith. That is some high praise.
Darius Slade, DE, 6-foot-4/230-pounds, Montclair (N.J.)
Slade is a versatile defensive lineman. This looks like a slightly less athletic version of Randy Gregory and a player that Montclair moves around the line trying to get some mismatches. Slade shows a good first step, keeps his eyes in the backfield and is a big, athletic edge rusher that could play with his hand in the dirt or spin down from the second level as a blitzer. I don't find it a coincidence that there are a number of defensive lineman coming in this weekend along with Newell. Expect Newell to be in their ears a lot this weekend.
Lorenzo Stewart, RB, 5-foot-7/170-pounds, Spring (Texas) Klein Oak
Stewart committed to Nebraska this summer over offers from Baylor, Houston and Louisiana Tech. You see film of Stewart and you will find what Nebraska liked: versatility. Stewart is the kind of player that Nebraska can move around on the football field, motion him out of the backfield or into and also can play special teams for the Huskers. Stewart has tremendous speed (4.36/40 and 10.45/100m). For his size, Stewart runs considerably hard and is difficult to bring down.
Byerson Cockrell, CB, 6-foot-2/185-pounds, Scooba (Miss.) East Mississippi C.C.
Some people are kind of wondering where a guy like Cockrell came from or what Nebraska might be thinking here. Nebraska is clearly the best offer that Cockrell is holding – also has Middle Tennessee State, Northern Colorado and Southern Miss among others – but other programs are keeping tabs on the early enroller. Cockrell played safety for East Mississippi and is being recruited by just about everyone to play cornerback at the next level. This could be a candidate to come in and replace Stanley Jean-Baptiste next year in the secondary.