The 2015 recruiting class in the books and the new Nebraska class won’t rest long. While the page has turned and the staff is on a more level playing field with their competition, other staffs across the country have still got a small advantage when it comes to relationships with juniors.
The 500-mile radius will be the focus. Here are five names in that radius that you need to know.
OG.) John Raridon – Valley HS (IA)
The legacy recruit, John is the son of former Husker Scott Raridon, a third-team All-America in the 80s. Already committed, Nebraska has to recruit the potential five-star player to the end, making sure no one has a chance to sneak into his recruitment. Raridon is currently the nation’s No. 21 overall player.
OT.) Matt Farniok – Washington HS (SD)
The offensive tackle has visited Nebraska multiple times, including a trip to Lincoln in January with the new staff hosting. From the very beginning, the Huskers have seemed like a strong player for his services. Just this week, schools like Missouri and Stanford have jumped into the game. Nebraska’s need at the offensive tackle position in 2016 only heightens the importance of Farniok in the class, who is an ex-teammate of Nebraska safety Nathan Gerry.
ATH.) A.J. Taylor – Rockhurst HS (KS)
The four-star receiver doesn’t have an offer yet, but we have to think it eventually comes. The No. 1 wide receiver in Missouri, Taylor visited Nebraska last September and comes from a school where the Huskers have been involved before in Rockhurst. If Nebraska has plans to own their 500-mile radius, staying involved with the Hawklets is important. The program produces plenty of D-1 talent – including Nebraska’s Michael Rose and Zach Hannon.
S.) Isaiah Simmons – Olathe North HS (KS)
Nebraska offered the Scout.com 4-star prospect (No. 173 overall) in mid-January. He admitted at the time he didn’t know much about the new coaching staff, but was going to do his research. While Nebraska defensive line coach Hank Hughes was the one to offer him over the phone, secondary coach Charlton Warren will likely get heavily involved in his recruitment before Simmons makes a final decision.
DE.) Amani Bledsoe Lawrence HS (KS)
The Scout.com Top 150 talent picked up an offer from the previous Nebraska staff – it’s unknown how much contact he’s had with new head coach Mike Riley’s crew. What is known is Bledsoe’s offer list is growing and growing fast. He might end up being the toughest pull on the list.