While 29 commitments is helping the bottom line, you still wouldn't get the #5 without some significance of the recruits in the class. There are 10, 4-star and 17, 3-star commitments already on board.
With a class size that could push into the low 30's because of different reasons, ranging from possible non-qualifiers, greyshirts and mid-term enrollers, it's interesting to think about who can still get into the class.
The smartest place to start is on the commitment list. There you will still see some recent visitors that have Nebraska high on their list.
If there is one visitor that may not fit into the "recent visitor" category, but is still highly considering Nebraska, is Moses Jenkins. Jenkins, a defensive back from Lauderdale Lakes (Flor.) Boyd H. Anderson, was favoring Nebraska and Iowa in his latest update.
Recently, it was announced that Jenkins could be close to announcing his college choice, publicly, only to cancel that announcement after recently considering visiting Auburn.
Again, things might have changed, and Jenkins seems to be leaning towards Nebraska or Iowa and an announcement could be coming soon. If Jenkins wants into the Nebraska class, I would expect an announcement in the coming days.
Amie, a 6-foot-4.5 and 240 pound athlete from Tyler (Texas) Lee, may be able to get on the field next year given his physical size and ability.
Amie could play a variety of roles at Nebraska. He could obviously line up next to the tackle, flex out like a wide receiver, and could even play the H-Back role.
Amie has been listed as a commitment to Texas Tech since early September, but has taken a visit to Nebraska and will take some others. That is one of the reasons why the chances that Amie ends up a Husker seem to be growing slimmer.
The chances with Fleener don't seem to be improving either. Fleener has been waiting on seeing if he could get into Stanford before making a decision.
The acceptance into Stanford has to have everyone thinking that is he is accepted that he will be bound for the PAC-10. Fleener hasn't come out and said it publicly, but you can see it in the tea leaves.
Nebraska also might still be interested in getting a speed receiver, a high school speed receiver, in this class. There is at least one person that has visited whose name comes up and another that hasn't.
Anyiam admits that Nebraska is still in the picture, but it's easy to tell that they are not a leader. Anyiam seems to be favoring Arizona after his recent visit and Oklahoma who have yet to offer.
The recruit that hasn't visited yet whose name continues to come up is Curenski Gilleylen. Gilleylen has the speed and play-making ability that Nebraska seems to be looking for.
Gilleylen though has yet to visit, although he might in January, but has only taken visits to Duke and Purdue thus far. Given that list, it's easy to compare Gilleylen to Fleener, an the chance where higher academics rival a great football program.
This position could be full and then again it might not me. It's my feeling that if either wanted into the class at Nebraska that they wouldn't be denied their chance.
Another area that Nebraska could potentially see themselves get another player at is defensive line. If there were a couple that Nebraska could still be looking good with might be Kevin Dixon and, surprisingly, Da'John Harris.
Now, personally I don't think that Nebraska has a chance with Harris, but Nebraska hasn't stopped their pursuit of the four-star defensive tackle from Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra.
The 6-foot-4 and 260-pound Harris recently came to Nebraska and the visit did surprise him. Many believe that it's just a matter of time before he commits to USC, but if Harris wanted in he would get a spot.
If there is a more realistic prospect along the defensive line it would be Kevin Dixon. Dixon, a junior college teammate with Shukree Barfield, is still a commitment to South Florida, but recently he said that things aren't that clear about his commitment.
Dixon is still set to take at least one visit in February, to Louisville, but it's possible that shortly after that trip that Nebraska could receive a commitment from Dixon to follow his former teammate, and friend, to Lincoln.
There still seems to be a lot of questions about this class despite very few spots remaining. It's anyone's guess as to who will get in and who won't. Given recent updates and calls, at least a few names could be eliminated.
It seems reasonable to assume though that Nebraska's best chances seem to be with Dixon and Jenkins, probably in that order. Beyond those two the next couple of recruits that Nebraska could still stand a chance with are Amie and Gilleylen.
So there you have it. This class is more than likely not done. However, it's not far from it either. The last couple of spots won't just be given away to the first that wants in. Nebraska is at least in a position to be a little selective.
Regardless of how this class ends up, this class at least in my opinion, is better from top to bottom then the class of 2005 that some referred to as the top class in the country that year.
Does it mean that this class is more talented? No. This class lacks a headlining, five star like Marlon Lucky, but the number of four-star and three-star commits in the secondary, linebacker, defensive line, offensive line and running back positions is impressive.
The defensive influence in this class is very evident too and you have to smile about that. Easily over half of the class will end up playing on defense with nearly half of that number being secondary recruits. That should have a lot of the Husker Nation smiling.