Nebraska recruiting look back: Worth the hype?

National Signing Day is less than a week away and Big Red Report is taking a look back.

Sometime players pan out, sometimes they don't.

Using the rankings, we take a look back at the last ten Nebraska classes and identify the highest ranked player in each class.

Were they worth the hype?

2005 - Marlon Lucky, RB – To say that you were the best in the class that was Nebraska’s best in the past 10 years is something. Lucky was the No. 14 player in the nation and had a solid career at Nebraska rushing for over 2,500 yards, scoring 22 TDs, and racking up a bunch of catches in his career. The problem? He was ahead of a boy named Suh. He had a good career, but five-star players are potential All-Americans. He wasn’t one of those.
Worth the hype? Not quite

2006 - Andre Jones, DB – No top 300 players in 2006, but Andre Jones was the No. 1 JUCO CB that year and had offers from USC, Washington, Oregon, Arkansas and others. Jones started 13-of-14 games in 2006 and had one interception. The following year he made 11 game appearances, but had no starts and only had 14 tackles.
Worth the hype? Not quite

2007 - Jaivorio Burkes, OT – Burkes saw action as a true freshman including a start against Texas. An illness though caused him to miss time and eventually led to him directly/indirectly to never playing again. Burkes was rated ahead of players such as Prince Amukamura, Jared Crick, Eric Hagg, Roy Helu, Larry Asante, Marcel Jones and Niles Paul who were all drafted.
Worth the hype? No

2008 - Baker Steinkuhler, OG/DT – A five-star rated OG -- the No. 2 OG in the nation and the No. 36 player overall in the nation – Steinkuhler didn’t play a snap on the offensive line at Nebraska. Instead, Steinkuhler redshirted and then saw action in 51 games at Nebraska, starting in 28 as a defensive lineman. Steinkuhler had a solid college career, but is still a player that people think about and say, what if?
Worth the hype? Not quite

2009 Cody Green, QB – The Dayton, Texas product was supposed to be the quarterback that would lead the new offense under Shawn Watson and Bo Pelini. Green chose to play quarterback at Nebraska, while other schools viewed him more as an athlete/tight end. Green transferred to Tulsa after two years in Lincoln, seeing action in 17 games - including four starts. Green was ranked ahead of another quarterback in the class named Taylor Martinez and running back Rex Burkhead.
Worth the hype? No

2010 - Andrew Rodriguez, OL – Rodriguez burst on the scene after pictures of him at Nebraska’s summer camp his sophomore year. The Aurora high school product was the No . 13 tackle and the No. 4 player overall from the Midlands region. Rodriguez missed some time due to suspension, but played in 40 games through his career, starting in 21 including 13 as a senior. Rodriguez was rated higher than JUCO transfer Lavonte David that year.
Worth the hype? Not quite

2011 – Aaron Green, RB - The Madison high school (Tex.) product was a five-star prospect and 20 spots ahead of defensive back Charles Jackson in the class. The US Army All-American only played one season for the Huskers, registering 24 carries and 105 yards. It’s been speculated Green asked to not redshirt his freshman season. Not only was he behind Burkhead, but a guy named Ameer Abdullah was also in his class and got a good amount of work. Green transferred to TCU and ran for 922 yards this year. A total of eight Nebraska signees were ranked in the Top 300 in this class.
Worth they hype? No

2012 - Paul Thurston, OL – Thurston (No. 130 overall) was a slightly ranked ahead of quarterback Tommy Armstrong the class. Thurston was rated the No. 19 OT in the nation as well as the No. 1 player in Colorado. The Colorado native redshirted and didn’t see time his freshman year. Thurston has changed positions while at Nebraska and is now inside playing center. It will be interesting to see where Thurston possibly lines up with the new staff. He was ahead of other players such as Jordan Westerkamp and Vincent Valentine in the class.
Worth they hype? Verdict still out – not yet

2013 - Terrell Newby, RB – Newby’s senior high school film was like grease lightning scoring six touchdowns in one game. While at Nebraska though, Newby has been behind players such as Burkhead and Abdullah. As a freshman, the California native ran for 298 yards and put up slightly better numbers as a sophomore with 302. Newby has scored seven total touchdowns through the two years and will figure in as a big part of the picture to replace Abdullah. The former four-star prospect was rated ahead of Maliek Collins, A.J. Natter, and Adamy Taylor.
Worth they hype? Verdict still out – not yet

2014 - Jerald Foster, OL – Foster redshirted in his first year at Nebraska, but showed his true “team first” spirit by moving over to defensive tackle temporarily when the position was dealing with depth issues. Foster is a player that will be looked at as a key piece of the young, talented offensive lineman that were recruited to Lincoln the past two years. The Lincoln Southeast high school (Neb.) product narrowly edged out Nick Gates, Peyton Newell and Joe Keels in the rankings, but multiple players saw time from this class their first year in Lincoln. Those players included Josh Kalu, Kieron Williams, Chris Jones, Byerson Cockerell and Demornay Pierson-El.
Worth they hype? Verdict still out

Josh Harvey contributed to this report

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