Jalen Mayden (© Greg Powers)

Nebraska QB board/wishlist (5-16-17)

A look at the Nebraska quarterback board/wish list heading into the Huskers' spring game.

In the last decade recruiting has sped up to what some call an alarming rate. Take the 2018 quarterback position for instance. Nebraska has already seen at least six of their known offers commit to other programs.

Jacob Sirmon – Washington, Cameron Rising – Oklahoma, Justin Fields – Penn State, Jack Tuttle – Utah, Colson Yankoff - Washington and Jack West – Stanford

Yankoff was the most recent to come off the board - committing to Washington in late March. 

While usually, I'm in the mindset that a quarterback is taken every year, the transfer of Tanner Lee and his extra year of eligibility allows Nebraska freedom to not reach in this class. Unless Nebraska can find an under the radar Patrick O'Brien type in the class, it is possible the Huskers don't take a quarterback in the class. 



After visiting in November, Coronoa Centennial (California) high school quarterback Tanner McKee bolted up Nebraska’s recruiting board.

“I loved my visit to Nebraska. Definitely want to go back,” said McKee at the time. “I will probably take an official visit next year. Coach Langsford said he is coming out to Centennial soon, so I will get to talk with him more after he comes out.

“I connected well with the coach while I was in Nebraska and love the facilities and fans.”

According to Maxpreps.com, in 13 games McKee threw for just over 3,500 yards and 36 touchdowns to just eight interceptions – hitting on nearly 72 percent of his throws.

Recently he earned a spot in the Elite 11, after a strong showing at the Opening in Houston. But, things have appeared to cool a bit when it comes to McKee and Nebraska. In recent Scout.com updates, he hasn't mentioned Nebraska as much as other teams. In addition, he could be a player who goes on a two-year mission, meaning he wouldn't be eligible until 2020. 

http://www.scout.com/college/nebraska/player/191753-jalen-mayden Mayden has plans to announce in less than 10 days and it appears the Huskers are on the outside looking in. A Scout Top 100 prospect, Mayden has a strong offer list, consisting of 20+ offers. In April he pared it to a top five: Baylor, Louisville, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Nebraska. Likely to be the third D-1 player in his family, his brothers play at Alabama and Rice. Look for the Bulldogs to win this one. 

"The fan base is unbelievable. They make you feel like family. The family feeling is big for me and where I commit, and they definitely do a good job with it. It would also be great to play with a former teammate in Devine Ozigbo."



A former teammate of Nebraska running back target T.J. Pledger, White worked out for Nebraska at their satellite camp. Currently schools such as Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Utah, Tennessee and Oregon State have jumped on board. His brother is a Sun Devil. Fresno State is also a major player. At one point White said he was going to be visiting the Red-White game. That trip didn't happen. If Nebraska was going to offer, they would have likely already done it. 


A Nebraska visitor in March, Chandler (Arizona) Hamilton high school quarterback Tyler Shough was impressed after leaving Lincoln. 

The highlights were the academic tour and programs for athletes," said Shough. "They were all very welcoming and it was great meeting them."

In recent weeks Shough's recruitment has picked up. Once just an Ivy League offeree, Shough now has schools like South Carolina, Alabama, Florida State, Indiana and Michigan throwing a scholarship opportunity on the table. 

"I grew up a Wolverines fan; my dad was born in Michigan, so it's pretty big for me," Shough told Scout.com earlier this week. "I was very interested and had been talking to coach Harbaugh for a little bit. We spoke for 20 minutes (Tuesday) and I'm just very excited. It's just awesome."

Nebraska indicated they wouldn't mind seeing the junior at a summer camp. That was before he received a heavy list of offers. A camp appearance likely seems out of the question now. 

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