Huskers outside top 5

Nebraska's linebacker recruiting classes the last two years indicate the Huskers are serious about getting in some top talent at that position. In a defense that is led under both Bo Pelini and Carl Pelini, the linebacker can really be featured in a lot of packages. That would explain why Nebraska continues to go after one of the most explosive linebackers in Texas.

Dallas (Texas) Skyline has really stepped up to be on of those top programs, year in and year out, in the Dallas metroplex. Not only are they a school making a run at the playoffs, but produce top talent like linebacker Corey Nelson this year.

"The spring went well for Skyline," Nelson said. "I can actually say that all of our players looked good coming into the spring and then again after the spring. We look really good and we had a lot of fun."

Skyline is loaded, again, and expectations about what they can do this coming season are high. The coaches at Skyline, according to Nelson, are engraving in their players what it takes to win.

"We have high expectations coming in the season. Our coaches are always taking about hard work and finishing completely. They keep us focused. It's just a great feeling that all of the players are working hard with the coaches right beside us.

"We are all working on our weaknesses and our strengths as well, continuing to improve. As for me, I got better in my coverage and breaking down on the tackle as well. Also, reading my keys, getting off my blocks and playing hard. We all learned a lot this spring."

Nelson is a scary talent at linebacker. Last year, Nelson racked up 156 tackles, 12 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, blocked eight punts, forced five fumbles and broke up four passes earning All-State and District 9-5A Co-Defensive MVP honors.

"I would say that it's at least 50 offers right now. After being in the recruiting game for almost two years, with help from my family, friends and teammates, and I can say that I have a top five.

"My top five list that I have right now is in no particular order at all. My top five are Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU, Texas and Stanford. I am looking at the education, how the coaches and players are. I am also looking at the atmosphere and how I am feeling."

As a linebacker, what Nelson can do is simple. He brings great linebacker technique and fundamentals, but adds to it with having exceptional strength and speed.

"I believe that I am able to read my keys well and I also have the speed to get my spot on my keys as I read the play. I also have good physical strength that helps me make plays. I am being looked at to play inside or outside at the next level."

Nebraska is one of the 50 offers that Nelson is holding, but currently isn't in his top five. Nelson said that the Huskers are going to continue to get a look from him through the process.

"Nebraska is going to continue to a school that I will keep an eye and continue to evaluate, no matter what. Nebraska has been after me pretty hard. Coach Tim Beck is my recruiting coach from Nebraska and they are looking at me to play outside."

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