In our next issue of Big Red Report magazine, we ask Big Red Report’s Josh Harvey and Bryan Munson, contributor Matt Svoboda, and Scout.com’s Derek Young a series of recruiting questions.
For a small preview, check out this question.
Most important 2016 prospect on your board?
Harvey: Matt Farniok – AT THIS POINT, I would put the junior right up there. He’s visited Nebraska multiple times, has a relationship with a few Nebraska players already, and is a highly ranked offensive tackle (position of great need) in the 500-mile radius. The Huskers can’t let someone come in to South Dakota and steal away a top prospect away. It’s almost like losing an in-state prospect.
Munson: Matt Farniok - What will be emphasized next year by Mike Riley and his staff? The 500-mile radius. Which position is critical to next year's class? Offensive tackle. Guess what? Matt is the third Farniok that will go on to play D-1 football and he might be the best of the bunch. I might also take a flyer on Jake Heinrich too if I am Nebraska and the thought he might be able to play all of the spots on the offensive line.
Svoboda: Whoever is the top quarterback target that the staff has their eyes set on. Other nominees would be Matt Farniok, Amani Bledsoe, and Garret Rand.
Young: Matt Farniok - The most important prospect on the board will have to be a quarterback, but those players have yet to be pinpointed. Because of that, it then moves to a player in the 500-mile radius that they want to focus on. The top players in Kansas and Missouri become important in that regard, as well as offensive lineman Matt Farniok from South Dakota. Farniok is already leaning towards the Huskers. Olathe, Kansas safety Isaiah Simmons will have a significant draw to Kansas, where his brother plays. Kansas City athlete A.J. Taylor is all but a done deal to Missouri with his mother being an alum. That leaves two defensive ends to keep an eye on in Lawrence's Amani Bledsoe and Tre Williams from Rock Bridge in Columbia. Both have yet to pick up an offer from Nebraska, but expect that to change as the staff shifts all of their focus on the 2016 group.