Munson's thoughts: The 2014 top eight

Big Red Report's Bryan Munson breaks down his top eights commits in the Nebraska class.

With National Signing Day just a day away, Big Red Report is ranking the top eight 2014 commits.

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's Bryan Munson's list.

1.) DE - Joe Keels – Highland C.C. (KS)

Keels should be penciled in as the starting defensive end opposite Randy Gregory, right now. Keels is big, but athletic. The Huskers have to love another option to move around and be creative with in that front four to go with Gregory.

2.) OT - Nick Gates – Bishop Gorman HS (NV)

Gates has balance between technique and nastiness. That blue-collar, pack a lunch and go to work attitude has Gates as a favorite in my mind right now to find his way on the field in 2014. What else supports that idea is that Nebraska likes Gates at all five line positions.

3.) OG - Tanner Farmer/D.J. Foster – Highland HS (Ill.)/Lincoln Southeast (NE)

What can you say about one that you can't say about the other? Both have great physical strength, feet, technique and this is as solid of a guard tandem as I can recall. I expect both to come in this summer working to get into the two-deep.

4.) DE/DT - Blake McClain – Sandalwood HS (FL)

One of the most recent additions to the recruiting class finds his way onto the list because of his versatility. McClain played mostly as a three-technique for Sandalwood, but many project to play the five. Nebraska hasn't ruled either spot out for McClain.

5.) K - Drew Brown – Carroll HS (TX)

As a junior, Carroll High School head coach Hal Wasson was confident enough to send Drew out to attempt from 50 yards. Brown comes in this summer trying to win what could be a four-year job. My guess is that he will.

6.) CB - Trai Mosley – Hendrickson HS (TX)

Mosley is extremely athletic, 4.4/40 and 40+-inch vertical, and he has long arms that allows him to play bigger than his 5-foot-10 frame. The cornerback spots are wide open and Nebraska obviously wants to get physical and athletic at the position.

7.) WR - Demornay Pierson-El – West Potomac HS (VA)

Pierson-El is a player that gets my stamp as a player to get on the field, immediately. The explosive athlete could figure immediately as a receiver in the screen game, the jet sweeps, possibly as a wildcat and of course in the return game which Nebraska tried so hard to upgrade in this class.

8.) DE/DT - Peyton Newell – Hiawatha HS (KS)

People forget Newell with the recent defensive line commits, but Newell has just as much to compete for as McClain because of his versatility. Newell was a player in the 500-mile radius that was a "must get" for me because of his athleticism, strength and motor.

**Monte Harrison not included based on fact that he will likely get drafted and could sign MLB deal.**

**If Kenyon Frison joins class Frison goes to No. 5 and Newell would fall off.**

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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