Recruiting breakdown: Nebraska vs Michigan State

A look at the Spartans and Cornhuskers from a recruiting perspective.

For the second straight year, the Nebraska Cornhuskers will be lacking the star power when they enter their contest with Michigan State on Saturday night. 

If you don't understand, here is the breakdown. 

Scout.com takes a look at both starting lineups and figures out each player's star rating coming out of high school. We then add them up, divide them out, and break down both the offensive and defensive side of the football. 

The Spartans have two former five-star players in their lineup. That always helps. 

Of course, star ratings don't mean everything. Some say it means very little. But, most national champions average at least a top 15 recruiting classes. The ratings don't factor in player development. 

Overall Sparty holds the advantage star ratings rise for their starters out of high school.

Michigan State - 3.31     

Nebraska - 3.04

Overall Sparty holds the advantage when it comes to years out of high school for their starters.

Michigan State - 3.68

Nebraska - 3.63

RECRUITING IN EACH OTHER'S BACKYARD:

Both schools currently have no scholarship players from the opposing state. 

2016 RECRUITING BATTLES:

Currently Michigan State is having a great recruiting cycle, ranking No. 3 in the country in the lastest Scout Recruiting team rankings. Nebraska recruited many players currently committed to Sparty, including safety Kenney Lyke, defensive tackle Naquan Jones, defensive end Auston Robertson, defensive end Josh King, and tight end Noah Davis. 

Nebraska seems to be a finalist for offensive tackle Matt Farniok, who does hold an offer from Michigan State. Other common prospects the two have recruited are running back George Hill and guard Stewart Reese. 

2015 DEPTH CHART (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.
 

MICHIGAN STATE PROJECTED OFFENSE

NEBRASKA PROJECTED DEFENSE
POS NAME RATING YRS* POS NAME RATING YRS*
QB Connor Cook 5 DE Greg McMullen 4
TB L.J. Scott 1 DT Vincent Valentine 4
WR Aaron Burbridge 4 DT Maliek Collins 3
WR Macgarrett Kings 4 DE Jack Gangwish 5
WR R.J. Shelton 3 OLB Marucs Newby 3
LT Jack Conklin 4 MIKE Josh Banderas 3
LG Brian Allen 2 OLB Dedrick Young 1
C Jack Allen 5 CB Josh Kalu 2
RG Donavon Clark 5 CB Daniel Davie 5
RT Kodi Kieler 4 S Byerson Cockrell 4
TE Josiah Price 4 S Nate Gerry 3
AVERAGES 3.00 3.72 AVERAGES 3.09 3.36
   
MICHIGAN STATE PROJECTED DEFENSE NEBRASKA PROJEFTED OFFENSE
POS NAME RATING YRS* POS NAME RATING YRS*
DE Shilique Calhoun 5 QB Tommy Armstrong 4
DT Joel Heath 5 RB Terrell Newby 3
NT Malik McDowell 2 WR Brandon Reilly 4
DE Lawrence Thomas 5 WR Alonzo Moore 4
STAR Darien Harris 5 WR Jordan Westerkamp 4
MIKE Riley Bullough 4 LT Alex Lewis 5
SAM Jon Reschke 3 LG Dylan Utter 4
CB Demetrious Cox 4 C Ryne Reeves 5
CB  Arjen Colquhoun 5 RG Chongo Kondolo 5
S Grayson Miller  1 RT Nick Gates 2
S Khari Willis  1 TE Cethan Carter  3
AVERAGES 3.63 3.63 AVERAGES 3.00 3.90

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