Looking at the wide receiver position

With four committed wide receivers the Nebraska staff look determined to still try to add one more body at the position in the class of 2014. Who are the remaining prospects?

Nebraska loses only Quincy Enunwa from the wide receiver position, but with him goes a mountain of production. Enunwa had 51 receptions for 753 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior season and leaves Nebraska in the top 10 on both the receiving yardage and receptions list. Nebraska also battled injuries at the position and seem to be loading up in the 2014 class.

Who's in:
Monte Harrison, WR, 6-foot-2 and 185-pounds, Lee's Summit (Mo.) West
Harrison is an amazing athlete and a great get for Nebraska. A three-sport athlete for West HS – baseball, basketball and football -- Harrison is compared a lot to former Nebraska quarterback commitment and current Kansas City Royal prospect Bubba Starling. Harrison is a big play threat as a receiver, but really supports the run by being an effective blocker on the edge and can be found running the Wildcat for his high school team. Harrison is likely a first round draft pick in the MLB Draft, and a high draft pick at that, which makes it difficult to see him in a Nebraska uniform anytime soon.

Demornay Pierson-El, WR, 5-foot-11 and 170-pounds, Alexandria (Va.) West Potomac
Want to watch some fun highlights? Watch Pierson-El and you can see a number of possibilities for Pierson-El in Tim Beck's offense. You can definitely see the ability to work in space, work out of the slot, throw in some Wildcat and then you thrown special teams into there. People pick a little bit on Pierson-El's size, but watch the highlights and you will see some hard hits that he bounces right up after. When we pull together our freshman lists to watch for on the field in 2014 Pierson-El is on mine at least for special teams and you can really see some dangerous personnel groupings with Terrell Newby, Jamal Turner and Kenny Bell.

Robert Lockhart, WR, 6-foot-1 and 185-pounds, Raymond (Miss.) Hinds C.C.
If you like a good diving grab then you need to take a look at Lockhart's film. This film is from his senior year at West Boca Raton when he was a team mate of current Husker Mauro Bondi. This was three years ago. Since then Lockhart has been at Virginia Tech, then to Miami and ultimately at junior college. He's also coming back from injury, but had a big year at Hinds last year averaging over 17 yards per catch. The explosiveness might be back and he said to Nebraska fans following Huskers' bowl win that he's excited to show what he can do. If it's anything like his high school highlights then Nebraska got an absolute steal.

Jariah Tolbert, WR, 6-foot-4 and 190-pounds, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr
The last, but newest edition to the list of wide receiver commitments for Nebraska, is Tolbert. The unrated prospect was left off of a lot of boards because of other DI prospects on his team that include Speedy Noil, Nebraska commitment Jaevon Walton and another DI recruit Glenn Irons. Watch the film though and you will see a lot of potential with Tolbert which begins with a frame that is south of 200-pounds now, but looks like it could take him to 215 to 220-pounds fairly easily. More than that is the skill set that you see with Tolbert from the stick routes, to the digs, to the drags and then the fade. Nebraska adds a big body trying to find a replacement for Quincy Enunwa. And with all of that talent on the field for Edna Karr Tolbert still managed 56 receptions for 875 yards and 12 touchdowns good enough for all-district and honorable mention all-state honors.

Who could join him:
Desean Blair, WR, 6-foot-4 and 180-pounds, Jacksonville (Flor.) Sandalwood
If I had to guess, Blair would be my choice for the top remaining wide receiver prospect on Nebraska's board. Here's why though; Blair has a long body that Nebraska needs to add to their roster to go with Tolbert, the skills are there like the body control, speed and soft hands plus I like the fact that he's comfortable with the short and long routes as well as works as the flanker and the slot in his current offense. Blair will officially visit Nebraska on 1/17 and is considered a soft commit to Louisville after Charlie Strong went to Texas. The good news is that Nebraska can explain the need with Enunwa, but the bad news is that Louisville gets an official visit from Blair on 1/24.


Glenn Irons, WR, 5-foot-11 and 175-pounds, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr
Another all-district and honorable mention all-state selection from Edna Karr is in play for Nebraska. Irons picked up a Nebraska offer a few weeks ago and it's clear why; Irons has speed to burn. You can also see the versatility again just like you can with Pierson-El. Irons immediately figures into special teams for Nebraska and of course what he can do on offense as a receiver. Irons is also touted to be a pretty solid defensive back recruit and it never hurts to have a player that you could move that has the physical gifts and speed that Irons has. Nebraska will get an official visit from Irons on 1/17 when Blair is in town and I can only imagine that there will be some encouragement by team mates Tolbert and Walton for Irons to join them in Lincoln.


Eric Lauderdale, WR, 6-foot-0 and 200-pounds, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Saddleback C.C.
Lauderdale is a junior college prospect that visited Nebraska in December. The visit exceeded his expectations coming into the trip which was great for Nebraska. However, the Huskers are not in Lauderdale's top two, that he is claiming, at the moment and he has yet to visit his top two schools. Lauderdale appears to be the most polished of the remaining prospects that are in play for Nebraska. He has good size and good speed, but what you really have to appreciate about Lauderdale are his routes, his hands and the ability to really time his jumps and get the ball at the highest point. Lauderdale is effective in both the long ball game and can also work underneath. Lauderdale is set to visit Arizona State and Oregon in January.


With Nebraska still in pursuit of at least one more receiver in the 2014 class one must deduct that there are some serious doubts that Harrison ever makes it to Lincoln. The good news is that this is the class for Nebraska to do that with because the Huskers likely grab 25+ prospects in this class. Losing Harrison is big, but Nebraska also goes out and gets some players in the class that fill the shoes of those being lost and also provide a lot of immediate value to special teams. It will be very interesting to see what happens over the next three weeks or so at this position.

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 12 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 14 years.
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