There are some big shoes to fill for the Nebraska offense when it comes to finding the next Ameer Abdullah. The most recent Scout.com NFL mock draft however still has former Husker Randy Gregory going No. 4 overall. A player who left early creating another hole that Nebraska must work through.
Looking at the current roster there are nine defensive ends listed which is comprised of scholarship and walk-ons and that's possibly the fewest I have ever seen. Out of those nine, five have offers and one of those has picked up an offer since initially walking on.
And I know the stories at defensive end beyond Gregory that have helped create this hole. Stories that include names such as Avery Moss, DeAndre Wills, Ernest Suttles and Dimarya Mixon among others. There has been some bad luck and a high level of attrition to boot.
Keeping DaiShon Neal in the class was a necessity given the relative lack of depth at the defensive end position and what's more is the bigger lack of experience. Greg McMullen and Jack Gangwish are the only two that return with any career starts and Joe Keels is the only other player to see any game time.
It's not a position void of talent. The word would be unproven though. With a new defensive staff up front and at the defensive coordinator position there could be opportunity to sell to the players currently on the roster. It's also a selling point with recruits. These three defensive ends have received attention from the Nebraska staff recently and two will take official visits to Lincoln this weekend.
Alex Davis, DE, 6-foot-5/220-pounds, Palm Beach Gardens (Flor.) William T. Dwyer HS
Davis is the only one of the three new names at defensive end to receive a Nebraska offer so far (he's also the only high school player of the three as well). Davis is a Georgia Southern commit who took a visit to South Florida last weekend and will come to Lincoln this weekend. A lot of upside with Davis who has that size, speed and athleticism you look for as a base to really want to work with.
Maurice Daniels, DE, 6-foot-4/220-pounds, Coalinga (Calif.) West Hills J.C.
Daniels is exactly what Nebraska is looking for in a defensive end -- a guy that makes plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage. At one time this past season, he was leading the state in both sacks and tackles for loss. Daniels has taken a visit to Wyoming and has another offer from Fresno State, but remains uncommitted.
Peter Blair, DE, 6-foot-4/245-pounds, Raymond (Miss.) Hinds C.C.
Blair is an interesting of recruit as I have encountered on paper and hearing the testing numbers/testimony from his coach Blair is a guy that Nebraska should really be after. But Blair is a Middle Tennessee commit. He also doesn't have any official visits left. If the Huskers offer after the grades check out then Blair would have to determine if he would rather go to Nebraska sight unseen or go to a school he's taken a visit to before.
It's late in the recruiting calendar and the Huskers are scrambling somewhat, but they are coming up with some possible gems and guys that really fit what they are looking for opposite Neal in the class. Nebraska just needs to close the next week out strong and get one of the three names in this story to fax in their letter of intent to them next Wednesday.