As Harvey sees it: The 2014 breakdown

How does BRR's Josh Harvey rank the 2014 class? Who are his favorite players? The best position? Come inside for the details.

On Sunday, the Omaha World Herald will feature a recruiting roundtable discussing the 2014 class.

The major recruiting services will all be featured, including Scout.com.

Here is how Big Red Report's Josh Harvey's answered:


Best overall prospect: Nick Gates Believe Nebraska when they say the Nevada prep could play anywhere on the line. He's extremely mobile, plays with a mean streak, and finishes off his blocks.

Best offensive prospect: Tanner Farmer After Gates, Farmer has to grade out pretty high. He has a good base and seems to use his hands to extend at just the right time to slow his opponent.

Best defensive prospect: Trai Mosley Joe Keels will likely make a bigger impact quicker, but Mosley has the characteristics of a corner who excels in Pelini's system.

Strongest position group: The offensive line – Not only did Nebraska land three All-Americans at the position, they got a guy in Mick Stoltenberg who could project out at a lot of spots.

Hidden Gem, Offense: Demornay Pierson-El The kid should have been ranked higher (No. 91 WR on Scout.com) than he was. It would not be a surprise to see him returning kicks next year; he's a home run threat with the ball in his hands.

Hidden Gem, Defense: Josh Kalu The Texas product could factor in on special teams and as a safety has shown the ability to come up the line of scrimmage to cover receivers. He's best though when he is able to roam the secondary as a centerfielder.

B1G recruiting win: Joe Keels – They flipped him from his Wisconsin commitment and he also had offers from Penn State and Maryland. Throw in the fact he played high school ball in Wisconsin and it's a solid conference recruiting win.

BIG recruiting loss: Darius Slade The Semper Fi All-American was committed for a month and called Nebraska a great fit initially. Then he flipped to Michigan State, to only end up at Ohio State on National Signing Day.

Overall Class Strengths: Nebraska needed to replenish the offensive line and they did – snagging three All-Americans in the process. In addition, they got a couple wide receivers that could play early and help on special teams.

Needs not fully addressed: For the second straight year Nebraska could have used a junior college defensive tackle. While they landed one junior college defensive back, another JUCO corner wouldn't have hurt.

Key needs for next year: Defensive tackle will need to be addressed with their 2015 two-deep all likely being upperclassmen. Beyond that, it's hard to gauge all their needs. Attrition and guys failing to develop happens to all college programs.

Best B1G class: Ohio State – The conference's rich are getting richer. Fans just need to get used to it. They signed 10 players in the Scout.com Top 100.

Best national class: Alabama - It wasn't even close. They signed seven five-star players and 10 in the Scout.com Top 100.

Make sure to check the Omaha World Herald's Huskers section on Sunday.


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