Since 2002, Nebraska has finished with a Scout.com Top 25 recruiting class five times.
Their highest ranked class was in 2005, when Bill Callahan landed the nation’s No. 10 overall group. The will be discussed below.
Bo Pelini’s best group? It was the 2013 class, which finished No. 11 overall in the rankings. The class can’t be properly rated yet and has to be given an incomplete, but has loads of potential. In addition, while the 2012 class was very small in size, it featured played like Jordan Westerkamp, Tommy Armstrong, Vincent Valentine, LeRoy Alexander, Zaire Anderson, and Greg McMullen.
So when going back through the Scout rankings, what Nebraska teams stick out? Here are two…
Class of 2005
Big names: Ndamukong Suh, Philliip Dillard, Steve Octavien, Zac Taylor, Marlon Lucky, and Zach Bowman
Contributors: Ola Dagunduro, Barry Turner, Zach Potter, Barry Cryer, Dontrell Moore, Jacob Hickman, and Cody Glenn
Ndamukong SuhBill Callahan’s first full recruiting class is often remembered as one that didn’t’ live up to the hype. Rated by Scout.com as the nation’s No. 10 class overall, a few players didn’t even make it to campus. Not surprising considering the Huskers signed 31 players in all and chased after quite a few JUCO prospects. Yet, it’s hard to ignore some of the individuals signed in 2005. Suh is considered by some the best college defensive tackle ever and won the Nagurski, Bednarik, Lombardi, and Outland Trophy. Taylor set multiple single-season passing records at Nebraska and was named the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2006. Octavien, Taylor, Lukcy, and Bowman had big enough college careers to warrant time in the NFL. Ultimately it was a class many expected more from, but had some major hits when breaking down individual talent.
Class of 2007
Big names: Prince Amukmara, Larry Asante, Eric Hagg, Roy Helu, Jared Crick, and Niles Paul
Contributors: Terrance Moore, Marcel Jones, Armando Murillo, Adi Kunalic, Anthony Blue, Blake Lawrence, Shukree Barfield, and Kevin Dixon
Roy HeluThe Huskers’ 2007 class finished No. 21 in the Scout.com team rankings. While it had it flops like any other, a few big names emerged from the group to be considered stars at the college level. Amukmara, Asante, Hagg, and Crick all went on to be first-team All-Conference players Amukmara and Crick were also first-team All-Americans.. Helu finished in the top five in school history for rushing yards and set a single season game record with 307 against Missouri. A total of seven players from the class were eventually drafted, that is better than one out of four players signed.