Nebraska Football Recruiting: Updates and Reactions from Signing Day

Mike WehlingAnalyst IFebruary 1, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 30: Coach Bo Pelini  leads his Nebraska Cornhusker football team on the field against the Missouri Tigers at Memorial Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Missouri 31-17. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Today is National Signing Day and the Huskers are already off to a good start with some commits, but also lost several recruits.

Early this morning, Aaron Curry, a 3-star (Rivals) defensive lineman of Keller, TX, committed to Nebraska over Iowa and TCU. Iowa was once the front-runner until Nebraska hired Iowa's defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski to coach defensive line. Curry has a strong relationship with Coach Kaz, and cited that as the reason for his commitment

Curry is a good defensive lineman and plays another important role in that it shows the recruiting in Texas is not dead for the Huskers. I do not see Curry as immediately playing a role on the defensive line as the Huskers are stacked, but he could become the starter in two or three years.

Shortly following Curry's announcement, 4-star (Rivals) athlete Alonzo Moore of Winnfield, Louisiana also committed to Nebraska. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Moore can play receiver, quarterback, cornerback and safety. He also fielded kick and punt returns for his high school team, which would be good considering Nebraska only has one threat at returning kicks in Ameer Abdullah.

Moore is a guy that I could see playing early for the Huskers based on his versatility.

Nebraska lost out on cornerback Devian Shelton, a 4-star (Rivals) from Inglewood, California. Shelton was a soft verbal to Oregon State, until he reopened his recruitment. Early this week, he got an offer from USC, to which he committed to today according to Los Angeles Times. Shelton would have helped out the Nebraska secondary, which suffered at times last year and doesn't have much depth.

Husker fans are facing massive disappointment today.  Andrus Peat, the prized recruit of this class has committed to Stanford over the Huskers.   A five star recruit (Rivals), would have made a huge impact upon the class and would have likely been an early starter for the Huskers.

What should be the final commit for Nebraska, and a possible surprise for some is three star (Rivals) defensive tackle Vincent Valentine from Edwardsville, Illinois.  Unlike the other defensive tackle Nebraska landed in Curry, Valentine is more of a stop run type of a d-lineman.  Which fits into the Big Ten style of play.  With Valentine as big as he is, and as a run stopper, He could easily become a starter soon to combat the run game of the Big Ten.

With that, Nebraska should be done for Signing Day with a total of 17 commits.  What do you think about the class?