Nebraska Big Board: 2017

A look at five names likely at the top of Nebraska's big board in 2017.

National Signing Day is here, which means we are thinking about the 2017 class. The Nebraska coaching staff sent multiple offers out this week to juniors across the country – adding to their already impressive list of targets.

But who would be at the prime targets. 

Big Red Report takes a look at five players we think are at the top of Nebraska’s big recruiting board.

A four-star wide receiver, landing Johnson is important for multiple reasons. First, he’s a quality player and potentially a four-year starter type at the position. But, the maybe even more important part of the equation is his ability to recruit out West with his star power. Johnson Jr. picks Nebraska and it opens up the door for many other players out in California. In addition, having a name like Keyshawn Johnson Sr. paying close attention to the program doesn’t hurt things either.

How often has a five-star player visited Nebraska this many times, this early in the ball game? It maybe has never happened. Landing Johnson Jr. doesn’t get Nebraska Holmes automatically, but the Huskers appear to be moving up his list. Last week we predicted Nebraska to land the 2017 talent. We just think it will be a while before it happens.

A borderline five-star prospect, Roberts has visited Lincoln multiple times and has the Nebraska coaching staff checking in with him often. Pay attention to his social media and it’s easy to see Nebraska is a school standing out at the moment. He’s already got an impressive offer list. But, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him take an official visit to Lincoln.

One of the best players in the 500-mile radius, the four-star wide receiver has become solid friends with Johnson Jr. during the recruiting process. With offers from Michigan and Iowa, landing McQuitty is nearly a must if Johnson Jr. commits. The Huskers want to lock down the radius and it starts with a player like this.

It’s not very often a four-star quarterback is this low on the list, but landing Patrick O’Brien and Tanner Lee in 2015 allows a little wiggle room for Nebraska. Gebbia recently cut his list to five schools and will visit Nebraska for a third time in the spring. Landing the 2017 prospect would mean Nebraska beat out quite a few schools in the process.


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