Nebraska Football Recruiting: Top 5 Remaining Targets and Chance of Commiting

Mike WehlingAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2012

Nebraska Football Recruiting: Top 5 Remaining Targets and Chance of Commiting

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    With signing day only nine days away, Nebraska is racing against other schools to secure the commitments of some the nation's top recruits.

    Nebraska has some needs to fill, such as cornerbacks, defensive tackles and offensive tackles.  And there are still some top-caliber recruits out there that Nebraska is in play for. 

    As signing day gets closer, the class will quickly begin to finalize, and with Nebraska having a limited number of scholarships, they need to make each one count and get the best they can get. 

    They can still get some top recruits and have a great chance at landing some.

Andrus Peat

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    Andrus Peat, Offensive Tackle, Tempe, Ariz.

    Andrus Peat is one the top offensive linemen, and players overall, according to Scout.com

    Peat would be a lineman that you could build a line around; he is a tremendous player that would provide an immediate boost to Nebraska.

    Nebraska loses both starting offensive tackles, which could provide the opportunity for Peat to play immediately. 

    Peat's brother Todd is a freshman defensive tackle at Nebraska, and cousin Avery Moss is a Nebraska commit to play on the defensive line. 

    Family has been reported to be a strong play, and considering Ron Brown, who is one of, if not Nebraska's top recruiter, is the man recruiting him, I say we have a great chance at seeing Peat suit up in Red. And the experts at Rivals agree.

    Chance at landing: 95 percent

Devin Fuller

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    Devin Fuller, Quarterback/Athlete, Old Tappen, NJ

    Devin Fuller is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2012 recruiting class; Scout.com has him all the way up at No. 3. 

    Fuller has been recruited by schools as either a QB or safety, with Nebraska offering him a chance to play at QB.

    It seems that Fuller is down to two schools, Nebraska and Rutgers. 

    The big thing with Fuller is his location; he is close to Rutgers, just 28 miles away from home. 

    That is something that will prove to be an important, similar to linebacker Quanzell Lambert from New Jersey that also spurned Nebraska to play at home for Rutgers. 

    The experts at Rivals also agree that Fuller will end up a Scarlet Knight.

    Chance at landing: 50 percent

Raymond Ford

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    Raymond Ford, Cornerback, Gardena, Calif.

    Ford is one of the best cornerbacks in the recruiting class, sitting at No. 38 for cornerbacks according to Scout.com

    This is a position that Nebraska desperately needs, as the secondary loses a lot of players and did not perform up to expectations at times during the season.  Ford could fix that.

    It appears that Ford originally wanted to stay in California, as he was committed to UCLA and has Cal as one of his top schools.  But like Peat, Nebraska has family going for them. 

    Former Nebraska safety Rickey Thenarse is Ford's cousin and has been saying he should attend Nebraska. 

    Nebraska does have a track record of producing good secondary players, such as Prince Amukamara, Larry Asante, Eric Hagg, DeJon Gomes and projected first round pick Alfonzo Dennard. 

    The thought of joining Bo Pelini's accomplishments at turning out top defensive players would be an obvious draw.

    Chance at landing: 85 percent

Aaron Curry

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    Aaron Curry, Defensive Tackle, Keller, Texas

    Aaron Curry was an Iowa recruit that Iowa was going after hard behind their defensive line coach. 

    But then something happened, and by something I mean Nebraska hired their border rival's defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski as their own defensive line coach.  With the move, Coach Kaz immediately began recruiting Aaron to Nebraska.

    Curry is one of the best defensive tackles, sitting at No. 22 on Scout.com.  And apparently he is down to his top three, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. 

    Based on how long he was being recruited by Iowa and Coach Kaz's move, I would bet it is down to Iowa and Nebraska.  But I think the Huskers win this battle because of Curry's recruitment and relationship with Coach Kaz.

    Chance at landing: 80 percent

Imani Cross

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    Imani Cross, Running Back, Gainesville, Ga.

    Imani Cross was a one-time Tennessee commit, and was in fact their first commit of the 2012 class.  But Cross said that the Volunteers just seemed to lose interest in him

    As such he decommited and was being recruited by several programs, with Kentucky being the front-runner.  But Nebraska entered the race late and was able to make an impression.

    Cross is a bigger back than what Nebraska currently has at running back with Aaron Green and Ameer Abdullah. 

    It shows Nebraska wants a back that can get the tough yards and is hard to take down. 

    Scout.com has Cross listed as one the best running backs in the class, at No. 34 at running back. 

    While Kentucky is in the SEC, it's not exactly the top school.  At Nebraska he could become a feature back that could be featured weekly at a top name school.

    Chance at landing: 70 percent