Recruiting breakdown: Nebraska vs BYU

A look at the Cougars and Cornhuskers from a recruiting perspective. Where did the starters rate coming out of high school?

For the first time in the two’s program history, Nebraska and BYU will meet up this September for a non-conference matchup in Lincoln.

Two of the winningest programs in college football history, the Huskers own a .701 winning percentage compared to the Courgars .576.

Setting the scene:

- The home game for Nebraska will be the first in the Mike Riley era. The Huskers will feature a new offensive and defensive scheme. The Cougars will be one of the toughest opponents for Nebraska in a home opener since the 1980s.

- BYU will likely be without more than a few players for a bowl game brawl against Memphis last December. At this point, it’s not been announced on who will be missing time, so the future portions of this article will just assume everyone is playing.

Recruiting in the other’s backyard:
- Both teams rarely recruit in each other’s home state. At this moment, neither team features a play from each other’s backyard.


PROJECTED 2015 DEPTH CHARTS (With recruiting rating)
*Years = years out of high school, not with the team.
**Ratings are the newest available rating, so in the case a player went to JUCO, it is their JUCO rating, not HS rating.


BYU PROJECTED OFFENSE NEBRASKA PROJECTED DEFENSE
POS NAME RATING YRS* POS NAME RATING YRS*
QB Taysom Hill 6 DE Greg McMullen 4
RB Jaamal Williams 4 DT Vincent Valentine 4
WR Mitch Matthews 6 DT Maliek Collins 3
WR Devon Blackman 5 DE Jack Gangwish NR 5
WR Colby Pearson NR 3 WILL Michael Rose 4
LT Brad Wilcox 6 MIKE Josh Banderas 3
LG Kyle Johnson NR 3 BUCK David Santos 5
C Tejan Koroma 2 CB Jonathan Rose 5
RG Tuni Kanuch 5 CB Daniel Davie 5
RT Ului Lapuaho 5 S Byerson Cockrell 4
TE Steven Richards 3 S Nate Gerry 2
AVERAGES 2.45 4.36 AVERAGES 3.00 4.00
   
BYU PROJECTED DEFENSE NEBRASKA PROJEFTED OFFENSE
POS NAME RATING YRS* POS NAME RATING YRS*
DE Bronson Kaufusi 5 QB Tommy Armstrong 4
DT Travis Tuiloma 6 RB Terrell Newby 3
DE Logan Taele NR 6 WR Brandon Reilly 4
LB Sae Tautu 6 WR Demornay Pierson-El 2
LB Austin Heder 5 WR Jordan Westerkamp 4
LB Jherremya Leuta-Douyere 4 LT Alex Lewis 5
LB Sione Takitaki 2 LG Dylan Utter NR 4
CB Micah Hanneman 4 C Paul Thurston 4
CB Jordan Preator 3 RG Chongo Kondolo 5
S Kai Nacua 3 RT Zach Sterup 5
S Eric Takenaka 4 TE Cethan Carter 3
AVERAGES 2.36 4.36 AVERAGES 3.09 3.90

*** We expect somewhat a different Nebraska offensive line in the fall, with guys possible moving positions. Because of this, we kept Dylan Utter at guard in our projection, but would actually be surprised to see him as a starter against BYU.


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