Setting the scene:
Nebraska (9-2, 6-2) heads to Iowa City to take on Iowa (7-4, 5-3) in the battle of the Heroes Trophy. A win for Nebraska keeps them in the Big Ten West title race, but Wisconsin would have to lose on Saturday for the Huskers to head to Indianapolis. For Iowa, Friday's game doesn't mean much, but would give Kirk Ferentz his 9th season with eight or more wins. It would also position the Hawkeyes for a better bowl game.
Recruiting in the other’s backyard:
- Nebraska has very rarely hit the Iowa scene for players in the last decade, but does have former Iowa high school All-American John Raridon now in the program. Raridon though is the son of Scott Raridon, a former Husker in the 80s.
- Iowa on the other hand has been active in Nebraska over the years, often causing Nebraska fans to complain about letting D-1 talent leave the state. At the moment, defensive tackle Nathan Bazata and tight end Noah Fant both hail from the Cornhusker state. Fant did have an offer, but initially it was as a defensive end. Over the years players like Drew Ott, Shaun Prater and Cole Fisher left the state of Nebraska to play at Iowa.
Key recruiting battles between the two schools:
- Nebraska receiver Jordan Westerkamp visited both Iowa and Nebraska during the recruiting process – he just visted the Huskers more. The Hawkeyes went as far as head coach Kirk Ferentz going to Lombard Montini Catholic (IL) to offer the former high school All-American.
Other players Iowa offered: Nathan Gerry, Raridon, Matt Farniok, J.D. Spielman, Ben Stille, Daishon Neal, Mikale Wilbon, Peyton Newell, Freedom Akinmoladun and Jerald Foster.
- Iowa tight end Jon Wisnieski visited Nebraska during one of the Huskers' Big Red Weekends and had an offer from the Huskers.
Other players Nebraska offered: Angelo Garbutt, Alaric Jackson, Jay Scheel, Shaun Beyer and Fant.
Recruiting in the 2017 class:
Here are key players both programs have offered in this year's recruiting class.
* Assisted by Iowa publisher Derek Young
2016 DEPTH CHART (With recruiting rating)
*Years = years out of high school, not with the team.
**Ratings are the newest available rating, so in the case a player went to JUCO, it is their JUCO rating, not HS rating.
IOWA PROJECTED OFFENSE
|NEBRASKA PROJECTED DEFENSE|
|QB||C.J. Beathard||5||DE||Freedom Akinmoladun||3|
|RB||LeShun Daniels||4||DT||Mick Stoltenberg||3|
|WR||Riley McCarron||5||DT||Kevin Maurice||4|
|WR||Adrian Falconer||2||DE||Ross Dzuris||5|
|WR||Jerminic Smith||2||OLB||Michael Rose-Ivey||5|
|LT||Boone Myers||4||MIKE||Josh Banderas||4|
|LG||Keegan Render||3||OLB||Dedrick Young||2|
|C||James Daniels||2||CB||Joshua Kalu||3|
|RG||Seth Welsh||3||CB||Chris Jones||3|
|RT||Ike Boettger||4||S||Kieron Williams||3|
|TE||George Kittle||5||S||Nate Gerry||4|
|IOWA PROJECTED DEFENSE||NEBRASKA PROJECTED OFFENSE|
|DE||Matt Nelson||3||QB||Tommy Armstrong||5|
|DE||Anthony Nelson||5||RB||Terrell Newby||4|
|DT||Jaleel Johnson||5||WR||Stanley Morgan||2|
|DT||Faith Ekakitie||5||WR||De'Mornay Pierson-El||3|
|OLB||Ben Niemann||3||WR||Jordan Westerkamp||5|
|WLB||Bo Bower||4||RT||Cole Concrad||3|
|ILB||Josey Jewell||4||RG||Tanner Farmer||3|
|CB||Desmond King||4||C||Dylan Utter||5|
|CB||Manny Rugamba||1||LG||Jerald Foster||3|
|S||Miles Taylor||3||LT||Nick Gates||3|
|S||Brandon Snyder||4||TE||Cethan Carter||5|