Nebraska’s LB ‘wish list’ (UPDATED)

Nebraska comes into the fall camp looking to add at least one linebacker to the 2015 class.

Nebraska may be three-quarters of the way full with commitments in the class of 2015. 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.

Linebacker: (1-2)

Committed:NONE

This spot is becoming increasingly important for the 2015 class. There is the recent transfer of DeAndre Wills from the 2014 class that now affects how this class possibly looks. There is also some concern with Jaevon Walton and time that he is spending away from the team to start fall camp. All of these are factors with class considerations. Nebraska could be looking for a true middle linebacker, but the future looks god there with guys like Michael Rose, David Santos and Josh Banderas. The Huskers could look for a guy “like” Randy Gregory who is long and could play either defensive end or outside linebacker. One thing is for sure that more offers and new names will begin to pop up.

First in line:Personally, I think that Nebraska has pegged an excellent athlete with huge upside in Bo Wallace from River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian. The 6-foot-4 and 205-pound outside linebacker could do a lot of different things in Nebraska’s defense. You also have to consider a new offer to Dedrick Young from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial or to Derrick Graham from Wauchula (Flor.) Hardee HS. Young could actually play either linebacker or running back in college and Graham knows that he will officially visit Nebraska in the fall. And there is also Andre Smith from Jacksonville (Flor.) Trinity Christian Academy. Smith had Nebraska high on his list, but before he could visit he became the first commitment for North Carolina and their 2015 class.


Who could follow: There will be new names that have to emerge particularly if the unthinkable happens and Walton doesn’t return to Lincoln. If that happens, Nebraska could go after two linebackers in the class – if they can get the right guys – and I would see them trying to get a player that physically really brings a lot to the table like a Walton. And like Wills, I could see Nebraska using the second spot to find that walk-up, 3-4 outside linebacker that could also double as a pass-rusher. Those types of players are premium guys and are typically well-known commodities. It could be interesting to see if Nebraska finds a junior college player that makes sense.


Looking to next year:

There are only two, known offers out to linebackers for the class of 2016. The first is Devin White from Springhill (La.) North Webster. He’s the No. 6 MLB in the nation in the 2016 rankings who camped at Nebraska as well as stuck around for a Big Red Weekend. White may be a running back prospect though as well. He’s incredibly well put together and has some ties to Nebraska (related to former Husker Vershawn Jackson). The other is Emanuel Bridges from Newnan (Ga.). Bridges is holding some big-time offers and is rated the No. 16 OLB in the nation in the 2016 rankings.


*** This list was created before the possible impact of Michael Rose on linebacker recruiting.

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