It would be very simple to just look at player ratings and rank accordingly, but we are also factoring in variables such as need, hype, and location.
Here is Big Red Report publisher Josh Harvey's list.
1.) OT – Nick Gates – Bishop Gorman HS (NV)There are multiple reasons to name Gates the No. 1 recruit in the class. First, he can play all five positions according to the coaching staff. That versatility might help him see the field sooner than later. Second, turn on the tape and it's easy to see the kid has a mean streak. He finishes his blocks and gets to the second level. Third, the Huskers pull a recruit out of Bishop Gorman high school in Nevada. Plenty of Nebraska offers have been extended there in the past, but it hasn't produced results. Maybe the Semper Fi All-American's decision to head west will open a door there for Nebraska with future prospects.
2.) OG – Tanner Farmer – Highland HS (IL)
An Under Armour All-American, Farmer is talented enough to be a three-year starter at Nebraska. When the Huskers found him, he was just starting to explode onto the scene. It's likely he would have 30 to 40 offers if he had waited until the fall to commit. The combination of Farmer and Gates could give Nebraska a pretty strong right or left side one day. Farmer is a state championship wrestler and I always like what the sport does for football offensive lineman.
3.) DE – Joe Keels – Highland C.C. (KS)
With the graduation of Jason Ankrah and the campus ban of Avery Moss, the signing of Keels has become even more important than when he first committed. A junior college product, Keels will likely provide depth and possibly push for a starting spot opposite of Randy Gregory. The fact that he was able to early enroll and get into Nebraska's spring practices is even more important.
4.) OG – D.J. Foster – Lincoln Southeast (NE)
A Semper Fi All-American, some teams probably shied away from Foster thinking he was a lock for Nebraska. It wasn't always the case, but when he did commit to Nebraska he was one of the Huskers' strongest player recruiters. His junior year I was concerned that he sometimes played down to his level of competition. When he wanted to be on, he's was a force to be reckoned with. From the sounds of it, Foster has done a lot of growing up in the last 12 months and it should benefit Nebraska's offensive line in the very near future.
5.) CB – Trai Mosely – Hendrickson HS (TX)After only landing Boaz Joseph last recruiting cycle and taking Auburn transfer Jonathan Rose before the 2013 season, landing a corner like Mosley was important for the Nebraska coaching staff. The Texas product was a virtual unknown when he hit Nebraska's campus for summer camp, but left a Husker commit. His recruitment was one of the hardest to follow for Husker fans and recruiting analysts. Schools like Baylor and Oklahoma made strong pushes in the fall, but the Husker coaching staff did a great job continuing to recruit him down the stretch.
6.) K – Drew Brown – Southlake Carroll HS (TX)
Last year people laughed at me when I included long snapper Gabriel Miller on my Top 10 list. Not many people are laughing now. Miller is likely to be a four-year starter and his name wasn't heard much this year – that's how you want it. Brown is the younger brother of former Husker kicker Kris Brown and we feel Drew is a candidate to start all four-years at Nebraska – starting in 2014.
7.) WR - Monte Harrison – Lee's Summit West HS (MO)
If you turn on his highlights, it's easy to see he's super talented. He's got the talent to get on the field next season. But he's also talented on the baseball diamond and might be heading to the pros depending on where he's drafted. Even if the MLB draft doesn't work out, playing two sports in college is tough. It seems like most guys development is hindered because of it. He would be a lot higher in my top eight if baseball wasn't a factor.
8.) DL - Peyton Newell – Hiawatha HS (KS) The great thing about Newell is the versatility. It's easy to see him inside, but in a non-traditional front, Newell has the game to play on the outside. The Kansas prep was a stat machine at Hiawatha - he didn't alway see the greatest competition, but the numbers don't lie. He's got a good burst of explosion and should factor in for the Huskers after a solid redshirt year.