The class of 2015 is star-studded. Heading into the season it was two-thirds full though with not enough volume to compete well in the national rankings. It's not the fault of the Nebraska staff. This is just how recruiting and how rosters go some times.
The 2016 class will have the volume that Husker fans wished the 2015 class could have. There are 21 scholarship players graduating at the end of next season and there is very good reason to think that the Huskers will take a full class of 25 commitments.
By our count, the Huskers are operating below the 85 scholarship player limit currently. There is also attrition through injuries and transfers that typically happens which will help get the overall class quantity.
What a year for the stars to line up for the Huskers. Nebraska is already three deep into the class of 2016 with two of those players being top 300 juniors with Bryan Brokop and John Raridon. And these are players that Nebraska had to feel good about given proximity to Lincoln and overall interest.
John Raridon on the field for Nebraska's game against Illinois
What's more is that the Huskers should feel good about other recruits in the radius who have shown a lot of interest in Nebraska.
Players like offensive tackle Matt Farniok from Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington who has visited Lincoln and knows current Husker, Nathan Gerry. Tristen Wallace, a quarterback from DeSoto (Texas), was in Lincoln for Big Red Weekend earlier this summer.
And there are others to keep an eye on to see if the Huskers extend offers like to Matt Kegel from Chaska (Minn.) who recently visited. Bryan Brokop has a good sized team mate in Justin Witt and Jake Heinrich has been in Lincoln twice and could be close to an offer.
This class will have size and already has stars. People will ask where Jared Bubak will get ranked in comparison to Brokop and Raridon. It's going to be hard to get to "that level", but it's reasonable to assume a high, three-star rating at some point when he is evaluated.
What hasn't been mentioned -- that I feel should be -- is the caliber of players that Nebraska is reeling in the class of 2016 and how early. This definitely speaks to the coaches' efforts this spring and beyond to get out and get the relationships established.
Nebraska fans were already excited to see what the rest of the class of 2015 might bring. It's not too early to start getting excited about the class of 2016 either.