Nebraska may be three-quarters of the way full with commitments in the class of 2015. Over the past two weeks the Huskers hosted a number of 2015 and 2016 recruits. It's time to start talking about how this class could end up.
BigRedReport.com is going to take a look at the 2015 class and the remaining prospects to pay attention to at every position. Behind the position is the projected number of players Nebraska is expected to take at the position.
Offensive Line: (2 – OTs and 2- OGs)
First in line: Nebraska got the class started right with their junior day weekend in January – or at least immediately following – when the No. 44 OT in the nation wanted in. Gaylord was a huge get for the Huskers and helped set the tone for the class that got additional help on the offensive line about two months later.
Decker was the first in-state player to pick up a Nebraska offer. Some expected Decker to make his decision in February, but had to wait until April. Decker is projected to play on the interior of the offensive line and is rated the No. 4 center in the nation.
Who could follow:At offensive guard one player and one player only appear to be the list. Jackson Perry from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman seems to have a spot in the 2015 class for Nebraska if he wants to take advantage. He revealed that the Huskers want to take him and one more offensive tackle in the 2015 class and if Perry decides to go elsewhere that they will take two tackles.
And the two tackles that seem to have emerged as either the favorite or favorites to end up as part of this class were both in Lincoln recently. The first is Mirko Jurkovic from Bradenton (Flor.) IMG Academy and for good reason. The Nebraska staff sees him as a guy, like Nick Gates last year, that could play all five positions, but figures immediately in as a tackle.
The second on the wish list is one of the Huskers latest offers, Evan Applegate. It would be extremely interesting if Nebraska nabbed two tackles out of the state of Kansas…and these are two very qualified players. Applegate is likely favoring Kansas State over the Huskers, but there is some time to make up ground.
Looking to next year:
Wow, are the Huskers in on some great ones for 2016! The area is LOADED with talent and Nebraska is at the top or near the top for all of them. A number of them were in Lincoln recently for Big Red Weekend.
Matt Farniok from Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington was one of the '16 OL in for BRW. Farniok is the younger brother of two brothers currently playing D-1 ball and he might have the most potential of the bunch. Watch his film on HUDL and you will see a sophomore first of all that has incredible size and athleticism that also already has some very sound technique.
John Raridon has some film that you will want to watch though too. The standout OT from West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley is an incredible finisher. A violent, punishing blocker whose feet never stop moving shows a real nasty streak on film. The Huskers have a decent shot at hauling in the No. 2 OT in 2016 (at this moment).
Nebraska could pull off a nice exacta though and grab the No. 3 OT in the nation next year if they grabbed Raridon and Bryan Brokop. Brokop from New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln-Way West was mistakenly thought to be a senior in January by the Nebraska staff off of his sophomore film. Very solid film, great frame and best days playing the game are ahead of him.
Brokop didn't visit, but was in Lincoln for the spring game and would like to get back again this summer. Eli Johnson from Oxford (Miss.), an Ole Miss commitment, took a trip to see Lincoln in June. For Johnson to travel 700+-miles to check out Lincoln means something, but it's going to be a pretty tough pull out of the Rebels' backyard.
Although Jake Heinrich doesn't have an offer the No. 8 offensive tackle in the nation for 2016 definitely needs to be mentioned. The lineman from Urbandale (Iowa) got an offer from Iowa State shortly after visiting and camping at Nebraska. He was told by the staff that he really improved his stock and an offer could find it's to Heinrich in the coming months.