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.
Defensive End: (2)
Neal to me really shows how the staff is seeing recruits differently. You have to really understand the potential and upside with Neal. He’s not a 4-star player like Randy Gregory and isn’t as physically dominant on his high school film as either A.J. Natter or Greg McMullen. But, he may have the most upside out of all of them because of his frame and athleticism. Neal picked up a Nebraska offer and committed shortly after. Since then though Oregon has offered and Neal is still receiving attention from a number of other schools.
First in line:Nebraska has offered a number of the nation’s elite DEs, but there really isn’t a solid chance with many of them – CeCe Jefferson, Josh Sweat, Rasheem Green, Byron Cowart, etc. The first one that I want to talk about will be a name that Nebraska fans are familiar with from Big Red Weekend.
Christian Rector from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola made it to Lincoln in June to check out what the Huskers have to offer. Rector is a 6-foot-5 and 225-pound athletic defensive end that if he was paired along with Neal could be a terrific tandem. Nebraska has a bit of an “in” with Rector. Former Nebraska secondary coach under Bo Pelini, Marvin Sanders, is the high school head coach of Rector. Rector was fully prepared about the visit to Nebraska by Coach Sanders. Rector will be a tough pull for the Huskers to get out of PAC 12 country, but he’s definitely worth the effort.
The next prospect you won’t even find on the defensive end prospect list because he’s rated as a tight end. Jake Pickard from Millburn (N.J.) is one of my personal, favorite prospects of the 2015 cycle. Pickard is 6-foot-6 and 225-pounds and is really put together. I mentioned him previously on the TE wish list, since that is where he is rated, but after talking to him last week Nebraska clearly likes him on defense first. Pickard will be visiting Lincoln in the month of July.
Who could follow:It’s tough to see who might be next on Nebraska’s list. You could see the Huskers keeping a close eye on a guy like Andrew Ruzek from Stevens Point (Wisc.) potentially. One might also think that the Huskers could see both Carlos Davis and Khalil Davis as guys that could fit in immediately off of the edge and move inside as well kind of like Peyton Newell might. I would also pay attention to Reuben Jones from Lakeland (Flor.) Lake Gibson who is claiming a Nebraska offer, but is a NR, 2-star prospect who is holding a number of offers from some pretty big schools.
Looking to next year:
There aren’t any offers that Nebraska has made in the 500-mile radius for 2016. However, there are some very talented players from some very recognizable high schools that the Huskers have offered. The No. 2 DE in the country for 2016, Nicholas Bosa, is a 6-foot-3 and 230-pound recruit, from Fort Lauderdale (Flor.) St. Thomas Aquinas. The Huskers have also offered Shane Simmons, the No. 7 DE from Hyattsville (Md.) Dematha Catholic, is 6-foot-4 and 225-pounds. The third is Erick Fowler from Manor (Texas) who is a 4-star DE and is the No. 18 DE in the class for 2016 at the moment. Fowler is also holding offers from UCLA and Kentucky.