It is June and Nebraska has nine commitments, pushing their class rank to No. 15 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 23 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 June wish list for the 2017 class.
*** This list is not an official wish list, but the feeling of Big Red Report ***
With high school teammates Marquel Dismuke (2016 signee) and Keyshawn Johnson Jr. (2017 commit), the quarterback is headed to Lincoln after establishing a strong relationship with coordinator Danny Langsdorf and head coach Mike Riley. The quarterback is actively recruiting for the Huskers as hard as anyone in the class.
The four-star prospect might have committed to Mississippi State last month, but had already indicated before his annoucnement he would be visiting Nebraska this fall. Just down the road from Starkville, pulling Hill won’t be easy, but anytime Nebraska lands a visit from a prospect they have a chance. Now whether that visit actually materializes is another story.
Johnson is a nice player. Raised around the game, he is an extremely polished route runner says Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. Johnson has all-conference potential in the Big Ten. The fact he is an early enrollee only makes his commitment better. The Huskers are also getting a really solid recruiting coordinator out west with his verball. He is really the leader of the Calibraska movement.
McQuitty isn’t exactly a burner, but he’s a solid route-runner and has learned how to create separation doing so. McQuitty is also solid in traffic. The soon to be senior had offers Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Minnesota. While much of Nebraska’s recruiting efforts have been out West, landing a guy like McQuitty in the 500-mile radius sends a message to teams Nebraska still can pull kids close to home if they want a prospect.
The nation’s No. 1 wide receiver can go about anywhere he wants in the country, but often mentions Nebraska first when asked about schools who are recruiting him the hardest. He recently told Scout.com’s Greg Biggins Nebraska would be one of his official visits in the fall. The plan was for the Oregon game, but television could damper those plans. Nebraska has a great shot to land the five-star prospect.
The four-star wide receiver visited Nebraska on his own dime for the Huskers’ Red-White game and has Nebraska high on his list. So high he showed up to the Huskers’ satellite camp in California to learn from position coach Keith Williams. A potential five-star prospect, Lindsey is considering nine schools and has set an announcement date for Aug. 22. We are going out on a limb here, but we think Nebraska is the leader.
With three senior wide receivers, Nebraska could afford to take five in the class if they land Lewis and Lindsey along with Calvin. The less heralded wide receiver target in the class Nebraska has its eyes on, Calvin is still a high priority for Williams. It is believed Nebraska is a leader.
The Nebraska native picked the Huskers over Iowa and Iowa State. He’s since picked up an offer from UCLA. At 6-foot-8, turn on the tape and Nebraska fans can imagine the matchup problems he could create for teams.
The Washington product has a double-digit offer list and says Nebraska is one of his big ones. The Huskers jumped into his recruitment with a scholarship nod before most schools still considering Otton, which signifies they liked what they have seen from the soon to be senior. At 6-foot-5, he definitely has room to put a lot of weight on his frame.
The Texas prep picked the Huskers over 20+ offers after seeing Nebraska up close and personal during the spring game. Jaimes is a true offensive tackle, a position of great need for Nebraska after multiple recruiting classes.
Is he a guard or an offensive tackle? That will be the question surrounding Sichterman until he hits campus. The Ohio product wanted the perfect blend of football and academics and thinks he found that in Lincoln. In addition, playing in a pro-style offense was attractive to the offensive lineman – something we think we will hear more of in the future. Cavanaugh is looking for the five best guys each fall. Being versatile enough to play multiple spots is never a bad thing.
Landing Vera-Tucker would be a huge get for Nebraska, considering the quality of player and the need for another offensive tackle. The Cali prep is visiting Nebraska this week and has a solid offer list of 20+ schools. After seeing Nebraska offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh’s gets the last few years, we won’t put anything past him. Getting an unofficial visit is big.
The four-star offensive lineman said recently to Scout.com that Nebraska and Michigan were picking up their contact and were recruiting him the hardest. Banks is one of the top projected interior line prospects in Northern California, but is also being recruited as an offensive tackle. He would like to narrow to a top ten by the end of summer and then take official visits. Look for the Huskers to snag one.