The start to the 2015 class for the Nebraska staff was quick. It was unlike any year before under head coach Bo Pelini. Another new day to bring in recruits – a junior day on February 1 – provided a lot of spark and had Nebraska rated as a top 10 class for quite a while.
It was a ranking that everyone knew couldn’t keep. It wasn’t because of a lack of talented players that would join the early commits, but rather the overall size of the class. The Nebraska coaches had to pump the brakes and see how they wanted to address the rest of the class.
So what is left? How many more could the staff take and where? We will take a look at a position-by-position breakdown of the class currently and who else could join:
We start on offense...
QUARTERBACK – (1-2)
The quarterback position in the 2015 class is a position of great emphasis to some and of not great need by others. The Huskers are carrying four scholarship quarterbacks and their second string quarterback is a walk-on. The Huskers have Kevin Dillman in the class, but after transferring to Denton (Texas) Guyer from La Mirada (Calif.) the 6-foot-4/205-pound recruit was ruled ineligible and played on the JV team after being denied at least one transfer request to a TAPS school. The Huskers, if they are going to take another quarterback, should be taking for a player that is a little more polished like a Lamar Jackson or a Sheriron Jones who reportedly will visit at the end of the season. There is a possibility that Dillman could play another position other than quarterback at the next level. One might think that there could be some churn on the current roster given Nebraska wanting to grab another in this class.
RUNNING BACK – (1)
Nebraska got their guy at the running back position at the aforementioned junior day in February when Kendall Bussey flipped on his commitment to Tulane to the Huskers. The roller coaster with Bussey seems to be coming to an end, but was tough for Nebraska fans to handle. The talented runner continued to pick up big-time offers from programs such as Notre Dame, Tennessee, USC, Texas A&M and others as the season went along. Bussey took trips to other schools and it seems that the only thing that might be waiting is an all-clear with Pelini regarding his job status. Bussey did suffer a knee injury in the playoffs and was backed down for the final game of the season to get ready for college football.
WIDE RECEIVER – (2-3)
The Huskers have been able to reach into Georgia much easier since Charlton Warren joined the staff. NeKyle Lundie was a player that had just made a transfer to a new high school, but was known for being a physical presence at the receiver position. He was also a player – as Scout.com has him rated on defense and not as a wide receiver – could play another position potentially. It was clear that Nebraska wanted another receiver or two in the class and landed Stanley Morgan recently who has good physical tools as well as an ability to really go up and get the ball at the highest point. The Nebraska staff have still been looking for another receiver hosting recent recruits Tony Brown, Adrian Miller (A.D. Miller), Cameron Stewart and Jared Pinkney in recent weeks. Nebraska also told Tavin Richardson earlier in the year that they also liked him as an X receiver. With the emergence of so many new recruits it wouldn’t surprise me if something changed with this position with the current commits. Keep an eye on it.
TIGHT END – (0-1)
Nebraska threw out some offers to the top tight ends in the nation including Alize Jones who actually came to Nebraska for summer camp. The Huskers also offered other tight ends such as Hale Hentges, Chris Clark Jalen Harris and others including previously mentioned Tavin Richardson who is being recruited as a wide receiver. All of those players though – with the exception of Richardson – have committed to other schools. This may be where you see a guy like Kevin Dillman enter the picture and free up a spot at quarterback. Dillman is athletic and has a frame that he can add weight to.
OFFENSIVE LINE – (4)
Part of the terrific start to the recruiting class in February included getting Christian Gaylord just a day or so after the junior day on February 1. Gaylord was a must-get for the Huskers and has what you are looking for as a book-end offensive tackle. Nebraska also got a commitment from in-state product Michael Decker who will be slotted to play on the interior of the offensive line – Decker is the No. 6 rated center in the nation – and could play any of the spots potentially. The Huskers then added Mirko Jurkovic who, like Decker, could play either tackle or guard at the next level having played both in high school. Nebraska seemed as if they would just grab another interior lineman like Jackson Perry to finish off the class. Some recent offers have gone out to some high school tackles though following an earlier bye week for Nebraska. A recent official visit by Jurkovic to Ohio State has to have Nebraska thinking somewhat. The Huskers will undoubtedly be out to see Jurkovic soon to see where he is at with his process.
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The names might change at the positions as things wrap up over the next two and a half months, but I think that the numbers are accurate. If I had my guess – slotting Dillman to tight end and subbing out a wide receiver for another – I think that Nebraska grabs nine offensive recruits in the 2015 class with the breakdown being:
RB – 1
WR – 2
TE – 1
OL – 4
*** BRR's Josh Harvey contributed to this report ***