As Harvey Sees It: Nebraska's Top Five in 2016

It's an annual tradition. Big Red Report takes a look at our top five players in each class.

National Signing Day is almost here. Big Red Report is ranking the top five 2015 Nebraska commits.

It would be very simple to just look at a player’s rating and rank accordingly, but we are also factoring in variables such as need, hype, resources spent and location.

Here is our list:

#1 

It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype of last minute recruits, but Jackson was a huge get for the Huskers on Tuesday. His versatility will allow him to play either the corner or safety spot, but he will start his career on the island. He is also open to playing NICKEL early in his career. Jackson is a member of the Scout.com Top 150 and his star power could be a big asset on the recruiting trail for the coaching staff  down the road.

#2 

O’Brien’s game improved incredibly from his junior to senior year and warranted the jump from a three to four-star prospect on Scout.com. When talking with national recruiting analysts who have seen O’Brien in person, they feel his arm is college ready and that the quarterback has a high football IQ.  His offer list wasn’t going to blow anyone away, but it appears Nebraska was able to jump in early enough to snag a good one. O’Brien’s running ability is also underrated, but he’s definitely more the pro-style guy this staff probably wants going forward.  

#3 

John Raridon, a borderline five-star prospect, played 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, he is more than capable and shows solid knee bend. Raridon is following in dad’s footsteps here. The impressive thing – his brothers didn’t. He’s the highest ranked prospect in Nebraska’s class according to Scout.com, so how could he not make our list? But, Nebraska has done a tremendous job recruiting inside the last few recruiting classes.

#4 

Another player with the versatility to play both spots in the secondary, don’t be surprised to see Dismuke playing NICKEL as early as next season. The kid loves to hit and is extremely athletic. A Calabasas high school (Cali.) prospect, landing Dismuke will go a long way in establishing a pipeline at the school. A lineup of Jackson, Dismuke and Eric Lee (2015 signee) down the road could be very salty for the Huskers’ secondary.

#5 

No recruit garnered more of Nebraska’s resources during the recruiting process. Farniok got visited often by the staff. He visited Lincoln quite a few times dating back to his sophomore year. When you factor in that Nebraska beat Big Ten West foe Iowa and Michigan State, it makes his commitment look even better. Then you consider the position. Nebraska’s interior line looks strong in the future, but offensive tackle depth was an important in the 2016 class. The staff would have likely taken another OT, but landing an All-American is always good.


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