Nebraska Wish List: Defense

A look at the possible wish list for Nebraska when it comes to defense.

It’s May and Nebraska has eight commitments, pushing their class rank to No. 14 overall in the country – their highest ranking this time of year for the Huskers since joining the Big Ten.

With roughly 18 scholarship seniors leaving the program after the 2016 season, Nebraska’s class will likely push to 21 or 22 in February. Of course it’s early and the number is usually always higher the closer National Signing Day gets.

Today we are taking a look at the top prospects on offense Nebraska would love to get – a wish list for the 2017 class.

For this exercise, there are a few guys who likely won’t sniff Nebraska – they won’t visit, but they do have an offer.  On this list we also listed any prospect who was already a commitment.

*** This list is not an official wish list, but the feeling of Big Red Report ***


The defensive tackle picked the Huskers over Arkansas, Michigan, Teas A&M and Mississippi among others. Considered a high-motor guy, Thomas will likely need a redshirt to put on weight for the next level, but landing Thomas was a solid get for the Huskers.

Looking at his frame, it’s hard to not like the Florida prep. Nebraska is currently in his top five among a solid offer list and will likely get a visit down the road. Don’t be surprised to see the Huskers land this one. He’s got some versatility.

In a recent conversation with’s Greg Biggins, Andrus indicated Nebraska was recruiting him as hard as anybody – talking daily with defensive line coach John Parrella. While no visit is scheduled at this point, Andrus does want to see Lincoln at some point. USC and UCLA might be controlling things at the moment, but Nebraska has time to make up ground.


The No. 1 guy on the Huskers’ linebacker board, landing Roberts was a year process. With 20+ offers, landing the Top 100 prospect was a great get for Nebraska. Roberts is always around the ball and really accelerates to ball carriers.

Hampton was a solid find for Nebraska and will likely be a guy who continues to see his recruitment take off this fall. The Florida prep had one of the top SPARQ scores in the country, logging a 4.53 verified forty. 

The UCLA commit visited Nebraska during the Huskers’ Red-White game and loved the environment in Lincoln. While it didn’t change his commitment status, it might have put Nebraska in a better spot for an official visit in the fall. Landing Johnson, along with commitment Avery Roberts, would be a major haul for the Huskers.


The Cali prep has visited Nebraska six times and is a teammate of Nebraska commits Keyshawn Johnson and Tristan Gebbia (plus 2016 signee Marquel Dismuke). Right now Nebraska isn’t considered the favorite according to’s national recruiting analysts, but are definitely players.]

A teammate of fellow “wish list” prospect Rahyme Johnson, the prospect visited Nebraska during the Huskers’ Red-White game. One of the top corners out west, Lenoir was shocked to see the environment in Lincoln. No return trip has been scheduled at the moment, but the Huskers are a player here.

The four-star cornerback has indicated he would like to visit Nebraska before. A high school wide receiver as well, Gates is one of the best corners in the country when it comes to ball skills. While his top end speed needs to improve, he’s got some nice quickness. Landing any pair of the last three corners listed would put Nebraska’s DB class towards the top in the country.

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