After a successful month, which isn’t over yet, Nebraska is up to ten commitments in the 2016 class and is currently just sitting outside the Scout.com Top 25 team rankings.
But what if National Signing Day was tomorrow? Who would be the for sure guys in it?
I’m not a betting man, but here are 14 players I would go all in on if I had to make predictions today.
Quarterback – 2
Terry Wilson, Del City high school (OK) - The Nebraska commitment might be planning a visit to Oregon in July, but at this point a visit with the Ducks shouldn’t be enough to flip the Oklahoma prep. The big thing Nebraska has going for them is his mom’s support, which will play a huge part in his final decision.
Patrick O’Brien, San Juan Hills high school (CA) - If schools like USC, UCLA, or Stanford didn’t have their quarterback there might be some signs of concern, but Riley and crew have the perfect setup for the Elite 11 final quarterback. He looks like one that will fit in nicely with Langsdorf’s offense.
Running back – 1
Aphonso Thomas, Van high school (TX) - The Texas prep’s commitment came out of no where, but he appears solid with the Huskers judging by his offer list. He hasn’t seen Nebraska’s campus yet, which can be a cause for concern, but he’s not afraid to leave the Lonestar State. I would be more concerned about a mutual split here than Thomas jumping ship.
Wide receiver – 2
None at this time
Tight end – 2
Jared Bubak, Lincoln Christian high school (NE) - The soon to be senior has gone somewhat quiet when it comes to his recruitment, but sources tell Scout his flirtation with Arizona State is a real thing. In the end, the Nebraska prep won’t leave the state, let alone leave town.
Offensive line – 5
John Raridon, Valley high school (IA) - The four-star offensive line says he’s 100 percent committed and that he enjoys having the recruiting process of his plate. Would his father, Scott Raridon, a third-team All-American in the 80s for Nebraska really let another Division 1 son get away from his alma mater.
Bryan Brokop, Lincoln-Way high school (IL) - Another prospect who has gone somewhat quiet, Brokop didn’t hit Big Red Weekend because he wasn’t interested in a tour. For the soon to be senior, it’s all about establishing a relationship with new head coach Mike Riley and offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh. That relationship is about having some 1-on-1 time with the staff. Look for him to visit before the start of the season and be fully in after that.
Matt Farniok, Washington high school (SD) - The third of what will likely be four Division I brothers, Farniok’s offer list reflects his Scout.com four-star status. While he will likely take his time with his decision, he’s visited Nebraska more than any other school. It will pay off in the end.
Defensive end - 3
Ben Stille, Ashland-Greenwood high school (NE) - Did you notice he’s from Nebraska. Need I say more? It was just a matter of when after he received his offer, not if he would commit.
Noah Fant, Omaha South high school (NE) - The in-state angle doesn’t quite work the same here, but Fant will be in the class eventually. Last week he was ranked the Midlands Prospect of the Week and has been seeing his recruitment spike the last two months. The process can be fun. Fant is making sure Nebraska is where he wants to be. We still expect him to be a member of the class. Some schools actually prefers him at tight end.
Defensive tackle – 2
None at this time
Linebacker – 3
William Johnson, Arizona Western JC - The linebacker admitted to Scout.com when he committed the Huskers were always a favorite school of his growing up. With ready to play linebacker depth a real concern this season and even next, Johnson would be stepping into a solid situation. He knows it and that’s why he will be in the 2016 class.
Greg Simmons, Fort Pierce Central high school (FL) - After decommitting from Miami in early June, it appears Simmons is a lock for Nebraska, despite wanting to take a few more visits after his visit to Lincoln earlier this month. He called Nebraska the perfect fit and perfect school. Expect him to jump in the class before the fourth of July is our prediction. Linebacker coach Trent Bray won’t let him get away.
Quayshon Alexander, DePaul Catholic high school (FL) - The soon to be senior might have been ranked a defensive end by Scout, but he’s a outside linebacker projection at Nebraska after committing last week. The three-star prospect was high on the Huskers before his visit, but left with the facilities and Lincoln sealing the deal. While it looked like a quick commit at times, he tooks his time and made sure all the ducks were in a row. Those guys tend to stick.
Defensive back – 4
Marquel Dismuke, Calabasas high school (CA) - After decommitting from Cal and pledging to Nebraska last week, Big Red Report sources close to Dismuke on the West Coast say he’s “done” and not even “entertaining offers.” One that has never really liked the media spotlight that comes with recruiting, don’t expect him to keep Nebraska fans on his toes. The four-star safety will be a member of the 2016 class.
JoJo Domann, Pine Creek high school (CO) - While interest continues to rise for the Colorado athlete, we predict Domann will be in the class before the start of the 2015 season. A former teammate of Nebraska’s Avery Anderson, Domann knows the type of impact he could have recruiting other players. Nebraska wants him as an athlete. Nebraska just wants him in the class, they can figure out the position later.
A class of 25 players was projected, but it's very likely Nebraska could over sign by two to three players in the 2016 class.
:22 – ‘17 prospects Keyshawn Johnson Jr. (4-star) and Darny Holmes (5-star).
1:06 – Nebraska ’16 prep Cade Johnson, son of former Husker Clester Johnson.
1:12 – Former NFL Pro Bowler Keyshawn Johnson.
1:45 - Nebraska 2016 commit Jared Bubak.
2:06 - Juco CB prospect Maurice Chandler.
2:30 – JUCO OT prospect Quinn Mittermeier.