Big Red Report Nebraska Dirty Dozen

It's a little early, but it's never too early to start talking football. Last year was a banner year for in-state talent for Nebraska. Baker Steinkuhler and Trevor Robinson were both U.S. Army All-Americans were clearly the top players in the state last year. Big Red Report re-caps the year in the state that was and gives you a preview of the top 12 players to keep an eye on for 2009.

The state of Nebraska isn't known for the quantity of players that it puts out, but there are few that would argue that the players that the state of Nebraska does produce are choice. There was clearly a top 10 for the year of 2008:

1. Baker Steinkuhler,OL/DL, 6-6/290/4.71, Lincoln Southwest - Son of Dean and brother of Ty, Baker was a bit of a forgone conclusion to become a Husker. This legacy could play on either side of the ball at the next level with his rare combination of size and speed.

2. Trevor Robinson, OL, 6-5/304/5.2, Elkhorn – A Husker commit early in the process, Robinson decided to open back up his recruiting and will be going to Notre Dame. This U.S. Army All-American will be a fixture on Notre Dame offensive lines for years to come.

3. Sean Fisher, LB, 6-6/225/4.6, Omaha Millard North – The son of another Husker, Fisher went through the process a little more than Steinkuhler and ended up pulling in offers from Iowa, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arkansas and others before deciding on Nebraska.

4. Collins Okafor, RB, 6-1/195/4.40, Omaha Westside – Okafor was actually one of the first commitments to Nebraska, but then took a little look around with the change of staff. Okafor was considering Iowa and Stanford, but stayed with Nebraska. Okafor has great size for a running back with home run speed.

5. Tim Biere, TE, 6-4/230/4.70, Omaha Westside – Biere might have been waiting on a Nebraska offer, but plenty of others stepped up with offers like Kansas, Kansas State, Colorado State and Ohio. Biere, who is a sure-handed tight end, is headed south to Kansas.

6. Shaun Prater, CB, 5-10/165/4.50, Omaha Central – Prater is one of the biggest reasons that Central came away with a Class A title this year and committed to Iowa back in June. The Huskers made a late push for Prater, but came up short for one of the state's best athletes.

7. John Levorson, S/LB, 6-3/190/4.55, Crete – A terror for his district and class, Levorson will likely play defense in college, but the question is where. Immediately you might see Levorson in the secondary, but as he adds size you might see him playing LB.

8. Micah Kreikemeier, LB/DE, 6-3/210/4.80, West Point Central Catholic – The Huskers made a statement with the offer to Kreikemeier. Flying under the radar, Kreikemeier has good speed and size. While recruited to play LB, could play with his hand on the ground as a DE with some weight.

9. Shane Prater, CB, 5-11/165/4.55, Omaha Central – While not as highly touted as his brother, Shaun, Shane may have the most upside of the two and both are headed to Iowa. A little taller than his brother, Prater might play CB as he starts out his college career, but could move to either S or WR as time goes.

10. Jeremy Wallace, LB/RB, 6-1/225/4.59, Omaha Bryan – Simply put, had Nebraska missed on just one more in the recruiting class, Wallace would have gotten an offer. Wallace has that ability to potentially come in and play RB, but will more than likely play LB. Good size and good speed is good news for Nebraska as Wallace decided to walk-on at Lincoln.

But, that was last year and this is this year. While there are many varied opinions on who the top players always are in the state, there are 12 that Big Red Report is keeping their eyes on going into the spring and headed into the all important summer camps. Without further adieu, the Big Red Report Nebraska top 12 list:

1. Vondrae Tostenson, WR, 6-5/205/4.5, Omaha Millard South – Easily the top player in the state, Tostenson has size and ability, but will he have the grades?

2. Tyrone Sellers, DE, 6-4/215/4.6, McCook – Sellers just needs to show well at summer camp this year to get a Nebraska offer more than likely.

3. Cole Pensick, DT, 6-2/250/4.97, Lincoln (NE) Northeast – A little under-sized, but with the bloodlines and the attitude will play interior defensive line in college.

4. Matt Sterup, OL, 6-6/275/5.3, Hastings St. Cecilia – An intriguing prospect, Sterup has incredible size and has great athleticism and feet. A standout basketball player too.

5. John Lechner, OL, 6-6/320/5.25, Omaha Creighton Prep – Lechner has the size play division one football right now. Lechner needs a strong summer to get a Nebraska offer. Grades might be a concern.

6. Justin Small, LB, 6-2/230/4.7, Hastings St. Cecilia – Another from St. Cecilia, Small is anything but small. A good sized, active MLB with good speed.

7. James Davis, OL, 6-3/310/5.5, Omaha North – Davis has the frame to be a monster as an OG in college. Davis could be a very popular prospect this year based on his potential.

8. Corey Serrano, ATH, 6-0/190/4.6, North Platte – Listed as an ATH here, Serrano will either play WR or S more than likely in college. Serrano is still growing and has great potential. Grades might be a concern.

9. Eric Koehlmoos, S, 6-0/190/4.55, Pierce – Good size and good speed, Koehlmoos will be one of those players to keep an eye on during the summer camps. Standout in football, basketball and track for Pierce.

10. Justin Coleman, WR, 6-0/175/4.5, Beatrice – Another taller, more athletic player in the state. Coleman could do a lot of good this summer with a solid camp. His athleticism will open some eyes.

11. Ty Kildow, CB, 5-7/165/4.4, Omaha Millard South – Kildow will more than likely make his biggest impact on special teams this year and in college. Kildow is only an inch or two away from being a much higher rated player in the state.

12. Eric Cummings, DT, 6-2/255/5.0, Omaha Burke – A blue-collar player, Cummings will get a chance to make plays on both lines this season for Burke. A very hard worker and could pull a division one offer.

While this year for the state doesn't have a Baker Steinkuhler; those years are far and few between and people need to remember that. As far as depth goes, Nebraska looks to potentially produce double-digit players that could receive division one offers depending on the summer camps and their senior seasons.

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