National Signing Day is almost here. Big Red Report is ranking the top five 2015 commits.
It would be very simple to just look at a player ratings and rank accordingly, but we are also factoring in variables such as need, hype, and location.
Here is Big Red Report publisher Josh Harvey’s list.
1.) CB – Eric Lee – Valor Christian HS (CO)
There are players who likely factor in more immediately, but Lee is a potential three-year starter and a guy I project to be an all-conference player before he leaves Nebraska. He’s not one of just plain freakish DBs we are seeing more and more pop up, but is smooth when he plays. He’s got nice closing speed and I really think when you are talking about defensive awareness, he’s right up there. He’s probably headed to a redshirt year, but is talented enough to play away.
2.) DT – Carlos Davis – Blue Springs HS (MO)
Starter wise Nebraska is set at the defensive position for the next two years, but that just means Carlos Davis will have three-years to be one of the guy in the trenches. When you see him shoot a gap, he looks like a defensive end speed wise.
3.) OLB – Dedrick Young – Centennial HS (AZ)
While the linebacker position was one of need in this class, it’s not the reason Young is making the list. The senior’s film is impressive, on both sides of the ball. I can’t imagine how good he might become once he settles into one focus. He does a really nice job at taking the right angles to bring down ball-carriers and will likely be one of the more athletic players at the position in the spring.
4.) DL – Khalil Davis – Blue Springs HS (MO)
He’s going to have to add some weight to play defensive tackle at the next level, but Khali shows a nice burst on the line. Often elite defensive lineman at the high school level get lazy. It’s not the case with Khalil, who runs over people from time-to-time, but also his quickness to make into the backfield.
5.) WR – Lavan Alston – St. Bonaventure HS (CA)
I could have gone a few different ways to round out my top five, but I went with Alston because I see him making the biggest impact on the offense in years to come. He will need to add to his frame, but he’s already got home run threat speed and became a better route-runner this past season. If Nebraska does look to open it up more, having a guy like Alston paired with De’Mornay Pierson-El is going to be fun for coordinator Danny Langsdorf. Turn on Alston’s highlight film, it’s easy to see why he had the offer list he did.
But what about Jalin Barnett, a four-star guard, you ask? I think moving inside is going to be crucial for him, because he struggles at times in high school against quick defensive ends. That being said, Tanner Farmer and D.J. Foster were both in my top three last year. With a year head start, I struggle to see Barnett beating them out anytime soon.
*** Posted by Josh Harvey ***