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 defense 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 ***
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. He recently looked very good at an Oklahoma prep camp.
In a recent conversation with Scout.com’s Greg Biggins, Andrus indicated Nebraska was recruiting him as hard as anybody – it’s probably why the Huskers made his final ten. Right now Andrus is hoping to make the Huskers’ matchup with Oregon, but it is a TBD situation. UCLA and USC at the moment are sitting well in his recruitment.
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.
The No. 1 guy on the Huskers’ linebacker board, landing Roberts was a year process. With 20+ offers, landing the Scout.com Top 100 prospect was a great get for Nebraska. Roberts is always around the ball and really accelerates to carriers. He made national headlines recently with a tweet stating he would put LSU running back Leonard Fourtnette to sleep if he came around the edge.
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. He has still yet to visit Nebraska.
The former UCLA commit visited Nebraska during the Huskers’ Red-White game and loved the environment in Lincoln. A few weeks later, he was backing off his pledge to the Bruins. Landing Johnson, along with commitment Avery Roberts, would be a major haul for the Huskers. Look for him to take an official visit to Nebraska.
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 Scout.com’s national recruiting analysts, but are definitely players. He was in attendance for the Huskers’ satellite camp in California over the weekend, but participate.
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. He has indicated he would like to make an official stop in Lincoln.
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.