WHERE THEY RANK:
Nebraska currently ranks overall No. 35 in the country and have the No. 8 recruiting class in the Big Ten. All seven teams in front of them have no less than 18 commits, helping their overall rating compared to Nebraska’s 15 total.
The Huskers have not had a commitment since Sept 12, when the Huskers landed Ronald E. McNair high school (Cali.) wide receiver Derrrion Grim, a day after the senior visited.
Here is a look at a few of their current commits and how they project in the class.
TOP OFFENSIVE PROSPECT:
John Raridon, a borderline five-star prospect, plays offensive tackle for his high school, but will play inside at Nebraska. Towering over most defensive ends at the high school level, Raridon plays until the end of the whistle and is punishing as a run blocker. While not as strong in pass protection, Raridon is more than capable and shows solid knee bend. Valley currently uses him as a swing offensive tackle and really bases much of their offense around his protection.
TOP DEFENSIVE PROSPECT:
Dismuke is a rangy free safety with excellent cover skills. In fact, he covers well enough to play corner in certain defensive schemes and should never have to leave the field. He has good football instincts, very good ball skills and is one of those players that just always seems to be around the ball. He’s a solid tackler and isn’t afraid to come down hill and lay the wood on a receiver coming over the middle or a running back. Dismuke also has good ball skills and has a receiver background. He’s a good all around athlete who runs well and plays with plenty of toughness. – Greg Biggins, Scout.com national recruiting analyst
Domann is just a play-maker. He plays with tremendous passion and effort and always seems to be around the ball. He is being recruited as a defensive player where he is very physical. He is great up around the box in the run game but also makes receivers pay that come across the middle. He is a sure tackler and an effective blitzer. Love his play on special teams. Plays receiver on offense and does a very good job of high pointing the ball, a trait that translates to his play on defense, helping make interceptions. Nebraska recruited him as an athlete, but he’s talented enough to play either in the secondary or at linebacker. – Jason Jewell, Scout.com southwest recruiting analyst
Described as a De’Mornay Pierson-El llike player, Spielman in nine games has 1,049 rushing yards on just 77 carries. That is good for a 13.6 yards per carry average. With over, 1,600 all-purpose yards, Spielman has also made his presence felt on defense with two interceptions. In total, he’s found the end zone 24 times. The son of Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, J.D. is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.
O’Brien has grown a lot from his junior to senior year and will likely be a four-star quarterback on Scout.com before it’s all said and done. “For me, I know the thousands and thousands of Husker fans are going to be happy about this. He looks like a four-star quarterback to me – easily,” said Biggins. “I’m a big pads guy. He had a good year as a junior, but he’s had a great senior year with the pads on. He’s answered any questions…I will say that I’m definitely going to make that recommendation and I think there is a good chance of that happening.”
WILL CONTRIBUTE EARLY:
Nebraska’s depth at the linebacker spot needs help and Johnson will bring junior college experience to the position. He might be a starter next season, but with injuries he’s likely to see the field at some point. Johnson has the versatility body wise to play both outside and the MIKE spot. Through Arizona Western’s first six games, he was averaging 7.8 tackles per contest. He really does a nice job locking onto ball carriers and closes quickly. He needs working on his pass coverage skills.
COULD TAKE TIME TO DEVELOP:
Bootle supposedly has a strong work ethic and has some solid serious speed. The senior ran a 4.34 at Nebraska’s satellite camp in Miami. At 5-foot-11, 175-pounds Bootle does need to work on his physicality to play corner against bigger receivers in the Big Ten.
The Illinois product is a man among boys at the moment and has all the tools to develop into a solid starting offensive lineman in the Big Ten. He also has the mindset of the tough Nebraska lineman of old. Last season, Brokop broke his hand and thumb, but didn’t miss even a rep in practice. His flexibility needs work, but he’s strong and violent – something Nebraska offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh looks for in his position guys.
WHAT IS STILL OUT THERE:
Nebraska will likely sign 22-23 players in the 2016 class, but the number overall remains very fluid.
We will split the difference and say a total of seven more in the class. Here is a breakdown of how things might shape out.
QB – 0
RB - 0
WR – 1 (taller wide out)
TE - 0
OT – 2
DE – 2
DT – 1
LB – 0
DB – 1
Once again, it remains very fluid and if Nebraska can land a Scout Top 300 player overall at a position listed at zero, they won’t likely turn him away.