Looking at the defensive end position

The defensive end position is going to be fun to watch down the stretch for the class of 2014. Nebraska just lost a commitment and have a lot of other recruits dangling out there. Joe Keels is in, but who could join him?

Nebraska has had success with immediate contributor, junior college transfers. The latest is Randy Gregory. A standout hybrid defensive end/linebacker the sales pitch that Nebraska made to their only defensive end commitment was too much to pass up.

Who's in:
Joe Keels, DE, 6-foot-4 and 275-pounds, Highland (Kans.) Highland C.C.
Now the only defensive end commit in the 2014 class for Nebraska, Keels figures to be a huge part of Nebraska's defense. On paper, Keels doesn't resemble Gregory much. Gregory was taller and not as thick. Watch the film though and you will see a tremendous athlete and a player that Bo Pelini is going to have fun moving around and keeping opposing offenses on their heels and on the lookout not only for Gregory, but also for Keels now. Keels has already enrolled and when you look at the 2014 class there is no doubt that Keels figures into the early rotation in Lincoln.

Lloyd Tubman, DE, 6-foot-5 and 230-pounds, Louisville (Ky.) Seneca
Long and athletic, Nebraska is getting a chance to host Tubman the last weekend before signing day and that is huge. He went to see Kentucky this past weekend and will visit Penn State this coming weekend, soft verbal, but the commitment has followed head coach James Franklin. Tubman is really considering all of his options and Nebraska has a great chance to add a player with tremendous potential with Tubman to the 2014 class.

Isadore Outing, DE, 6-foot-3 and 220-pounds, Houston (Texas) Andy Dekany
Outing has said publicly that if Nebraska offers that he will commit on the spot. Outing was once committed to Cal and there is a lot to like about him on film. He's quick and really uses his hands well.

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Kevin Bronson, DE, 6-foot-3 and 243-pounds, Delray Beach (Flor.) Village Academy
Bronson in a player that Nebraska has to be excited about still being "out there". Bronson is aggressive and quick and I think that the shorter, stocky look is something that Nebraska wasn't prepared for coming from the Big XII and it's something that they have identified they need on their team. Bronson really looks like a Big Ten defensive end, to me.

Spencer Williams, DE, 6-foot-4 and 230-pounds, Jacksonville (Flor.) First Coast
Williams is the wildcard. Williams is a Cincinnati commitment that may or may not visit Nebraska. Williams picked up an offer, but isn't sure what he wants to do about it. Pay attention to this one after this weekend.

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I expect the defensive end position to stay fairly fluid down the stretch particularly because there are guys that are in the picture, but don't have offers. I think that the recruiting picture will come a lot more clear after this coming weekend and the official visitors that will be in town.

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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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