The Nebraska Top 20

Before the evaluation period, Big Red Report brought you the "Big Red Report Dirty Dozen". It was a list of the top 12 players in the state before the evaluation period. Today the evaluation period has closed and here is an expanded list of our list of the top 20 players in the state of Nebraska going into summer camps.

The best things about lists are that they are fluid. There are always omissions, cough…Zimmerer…cough, and there might also be players that either had their stock fall a little bit or were on the cusp of getting into the top 12 that may have belonged.

This year, for the in-state crop, it seems that you get to that #9 or #10 spot and you might be able to make an argument for another 10 players or so. After doing that, we decided to include them on our list and offer you the Big Red Report top 20 in-state players.


1. Vondrae Tostenson (Millard South HS - Omaha) There will be no "de-throning" of Tostenson from the last list to this list and more than likely all year. He is still the top player in the state, grades aside.

2. Jon Lechner (Creighton Prep HS - Omaha) Lechner recently picked up a Nebraska offer and could really benefit by getting out and going to some camps this year for national exposure.

C.J. Zimmerer

3. Tyrone Sellers (McCook HS - McCook) There isn't a player in the state that will benefit more than Sellers if he comes to camp and performs well. 40 time might have him as bit of a "tweener" right now.

4. Cole Pensick (Northeast HS - Lincoln) The first Husker in the class, Pensick has that frame that the Nebraska coaches want on their DL. Pensick also has a motor and the bloodlines to boot.

5. C.J. Zimmerer (Gross HS - Omaha) - #5 with a bullet, Zimmerer is a physical specimen that was a pretty well kept secret. He was going to get attention, the Huskers just got to him first.

6. Justin Small (St. Cecilia HS - Hastings)  Small is the highest rated player to not have received a division one offer, but I think that it's just time. Small has the size and the athleticism that you look for in a linebacker.

7. James Davis (North HS - Omaha) What makes Davis special might be his ability to play both ways. With camps on the horizon for Davis, the word will get out quickly about his abilities.

8. Matt Sterup (St. Cecilia HS - Hastings) I am a little surprised that a player like Sterup has managed not to pick up an offer yet. The level of competition might be in question here so Sterup might need a strong showing at camp.

Mattt Sterup

9. Corey Serrano (North Platte HS - North Platte) Serrano is a compelling athlete that needs to get to camp to see where he can play. A standout RB, WR and S at North Platte, Serrano's straight line speed will probably determine where he could play in college.

10. Eric Koehlmoos (Pierce HS - Pierce) With one division one offer in the bag, Koehlmoos might be waiting to explode. What you have to like about Koehlmoos on paper is that he has the size and the speed to potentially play multiple positions.

11. Eric Cummings (Burke HS - Omaha) This DT fits the Nebraska profile right now. What might be going in Cummings favor the most is his speed. Cummings sports a 4.8/40 to go along with 6-2/255.

12. Ty Kildow (Millard South HS - Omaha) One of the most electrifying players in the state, Kildow may be just an inch away from serious DI consideration. That's too bad. Whoever takes a shot on him could hand a real gem.

13. Justin Coleman (Beatrice HS - Beatrice) Quietly, Beatrice has been turning out some talent the past three years or more and Coleman is one of the better ones. Coleman might be one good camp away from an offer.

14. Daryle Hawkins (Central HS - Omaha) At 6-4 and almost 200 pounds, Hawkins could play at a number of positions on the football field. As an ATH, he is better suited at other positions than at QB.

15. Marcus Hall-Oliver (Central HS - Omaha)- Central players, back to back. Hall-Oliver is a gifted athlete and a talented linebacker. Nebraska must make mending the relationship with Omaha Central a priority for in-state schools.

16. Willie Metoyer (Westside HS - Omaha) Metoyer is an amazing athlete that will probably find his niche as a third-down/change of pace running back as well as a returner. His vision on the field is amazing.

17. Kyle Bertelsen (Douglas County West HS - Valley) An instinctive middle linebacker that probably doesn't get the credit that he deserves. Along with his instincts, Bertelson has good size to play the MIKE in college (6-2/220).

18. Nick Failla (Millard North HS - Omaha)- A really gifted athlete, Failla could find himself looked at to play a number of positions in college. With his speed and his ability to make plays< I am betting it's on offense.

19. Scott Criss (Creighton Prep HS - Omaha)- Maybe a little overshadowed last year, Criss was a key part to Prep's defense that featured the McDermott twins last year. Criss will get a chance to emerge this summer at camp.

20. Jake Marousek (Burke HS - Omaha) Burke has some talent this year and people might forget about Marousek. Don't do that. Marousek has the size to potentially grow as a linebacker and is a great athlete.

As you can see from the dirty dozen list; this list is very fluid. The summer camps provide the best stage for most of these players to get noticed and make a name for themselves. This might not be a "great" year for talent in the state, but it is deep. There will be a number of players to keep an eye on.

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