It is an annual tradition. National Signing Day is here and Big Red Report will rank the top five commitments in the Nebraska class. This year we are adding a sixth because of a late addition to the class.
It would be very simple to just look at a player’s rating and rank accordingly, but we are also factoring in variables such as need, hype, resources spent and location.
The current top six:
6.) Ben Miles - Some might be scratching their head and wondering about this selection, but we are high on the fullback out of Louisiana. Nebraska sees Miles being their next Andy Janovich, something the roster didn’t really have in 2016. He will be an instant impact player on special teams and could help with the Nebraska running game. In addition, he might help future recruiting efforts in Louisiana. Did we mention his dad is Les?
5.) Brenden Jaimes - The offensive lineman took a pretty big jump in his game between his junior and senior season. Scout recognized the improvement, moving him to a four-star prospect. With offensive tackle a huge need at the moment we have Jaimes pretty high on the list. The Huskers had to fend off teams like Baylor, TCU and Texas, all closer to home, in in the final months.
4.) Elijah Blades - With Blades size, he has as high of a ceiling as any corner in the country - with more and more teams looking for a Richard Sherman like defender. Nebraska beat out Florida and USC for the 2017 prospect. We don't know what to expect next year, but we do expect in 2018 for Blades to lock down one side while Lamar Jackson locks down the other.
3.) Avery Roberts - The Delaware linebacker might not have played the greatest competition in high school, but enrolling early will help adjust to college game. Roberts has legit 4.6 speed and is a true down-hill player. It will be interesting to see how is used in the 3-4, but we like the fact he will be learning the defense with all the other linebackers.
2.) Tristan Gebbia - The quarterback always makes the top five, right? But in this case, the four-star product is making it for multiple reasons. First, he’s got a canon of an arm and will likely only get stronger after a redshirt season in Lincoln. Two, Gebbia is already and will continue to be a strong recruiting asset for the Huskers out west. This is a guy who broke not only school, but conference records while at Calabasas. He’s not getting a bump just because he’s a signal-caller.
1.) Tyjon Lindsey - Lindsey is the second highest ranked player Nebraska has landed since joining the Big Ten conference. Lindsey will likely be in the Huskers’ slot next year as a true freshman and he’s also an elite returner on special teams. It is not an exaggeration to call him one of the most explosive players in the country. Lindsey could have gone anywhere – including to Ohio State where he was once committed – but picked Nebraska. Other recruits out west took notice.