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Nebraska Football: 10 Top 2013 Recruits Still Available

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIMarch 30, 2012

Nebraska Football: 10 Top 2013 Recruits Still Available

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    Just five practices into spring football, the Huskers are already working hard to build relationships and secure commitments for the 2013 class.

    With Rivals.com 4-star prospects Tre'vell Dixon and Marcus McWilson already on board (barring a decommitment, which is a distinct possibility in Dixon's case), the possibilities for 2013's class are very bright.

    Nebraska has been in contact with some high-profile guys and seems to be holding their ground against some of the top programs in the country early on in the cycle.

    Here are 10 prospects who have shown the Huskers some love and should be very high on Nebraska's board.

Su'a Cravens, S/ATH

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    Hometown: Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta)

    Chances he is a Husker: slim to none

     

    I was debating whether to put Cravens on this list at all, but the fact that he still has any interest in Nebraska at all warrants his inclusion.

    The 6'1", 205-pounder is being recruited at a number of different positions (primarily safety and running back) by every school on the face of the earth, and he's the type of rare athlete that could excel at any of them.

    Normally, Nebraska would have no shot at a 5-star athlete from the state of California. But interestingly enough, Cravens has recently stated that he plans on visiting the Huskers at some point.

    Husker fans must keep this in perspective and realize that Cravens is still a major long shot. In fact, I'm convinced the only reason he still has interest in the Huskers is because of former teammate and current Husker commit Corey Whitaker, who has been in Cravens' ear about Nebraska since committing.

    But we shouldn't lose hope just yet.

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Priest Willis, DB

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    Hometown: Tempe, Ariz. (Marcos De Niza)

    Chances he is a Husker: fair

     

    Priest Willis is one of the country's top defensive back prospects, ranked as the 84th overall player by Rivals.com. Willis is currently listed as a safety but could just as easily play cornerback.

    One of the main reasons Willis is interested in Nebraska is because of his relationship with former Blackshirt Toby Wright, who is a close family friend.

    Willis has a ton of other offers from major programs, but that connection should at least keep the Huskers in this race for awhile.

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Chans Cox, LB/HB

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    Hometown: Lakeside, Ariz. (Blue Ridge)

    Chances he is a Husker: good

     

    Another Arizona blue-chipper that has family ties to Nebraska, Chans Cox would be an outstanding pickup. Cox plays both linebacker and H-back in high school, and while the Huskers are the only team so far to offer him as an H-back, he could play either position anywhere he goes.

    The 6'3", 220-pounder was able to witness the comeback win against Ohio State last season and has kept in touch with running backs coach Ron Brown ever since.

    Nebraska has had a pretty good track record in the state of Arizona in recent years, and whichever position Cox ends up playing, I think there's a pretty good chance he ends up a Husker.

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Josh Banderas, LB

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    Hometown: Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Southwest)

    Chances he is a Husker: excellent

     

    The 6'2", 220-pound Josh Banderas is one of the top players in the state of Nebraska and happens to be right in town. Banderas doesn't have many offers yet, but Rivals.com gives him a 4-star ranking.

    There are a few teams, including Iowa State, Iowa, Vanderbilt and Kansas State, that could give Nebraska a run for its money, but in the end I don't see head coach Bo Pelini letting Banderas take his talents out of state.

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Demorea Stringfellow, WR

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    Hometown: Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde)

    Chances he is a Husker: fair

     

    You wouldn't normally think a guy like Demorea Stringfellow would have much interest in playing at Nebraska, but luckily for the Huskers, he's another prospect who has Nebraska ties.

    This time it is in the form of current Husker receiver Quincy Enunwa, who is a likely starter for 2012. Enunwa hails from the same school and knows Stringfellow pretty well, so Nebraska will have the advantage of extra recruiting time every time the two talk.

    The 6'2", 185-pounder is the 107th-best prospect in the country, according to Rivals.com, so he'll have plenty of suitors, but not only does Nebraska have an in with Enunwa, they are also moving more towards a balanced run/pass offense that should attract more highly sought-after wideouts. Stringfellow could be one of those guys.

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Kenny Lacy, OL

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    Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe)

    Chances he is a Husker: fair

     

    Kenny Lacy is a 6'6", 270-pound behemoth who already has an extensive offer list and is sure to add more throughout the summer.

    Nebraska seems to be putting a little bit of an emphasis on the state of Arizona, and with good reason. Lacy is yet another Arizona prospect who has connections to the Big Red.

    With teams like Arizona State, Oklahoma, Cal, UCLA and Oregon pursuing Lacy, I was hesitant to give Nebraska much of a chance in this race, but with Lacy's relationships with Avery Moss, Todd Peat Jr. and the recently departed Marcel Jones, the Huskers still have a leg in the door.

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Keith Towbridge, TE

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    Hometown: Toledo, Ohio (Central Catholic)

    Chances he is a Husker: good

     

    I was debating between Towbridge and Iowa tight end Jon Wisnieski for this spot; Wisnieski currently has the Huskers and Hawkeyes listed as co-leaders. I decided to go with Towbridge.

    Both players have a lot of room to grow in certain areas, but getting either one—or perhaps even both—would be desirable.

    Towbridge is heavy and looks slow at first on film, but with a closer look you realize that he actually covers ground very quickly with a long stride. He has good hands and he's also a good blocker. Bo Pelini's ties to Ohio should help immensely in recruiting Towbridge, and the fact that Ohio State has not offered certainly doesn't hurt anything.

    With two outstanding senior tight ends leaving for the NFL after next season, the Huskers will need a couple of tight ends to fill those voids. Towbridge could very easily be one of them.

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Joe Mathis, DE

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    Hometown: Upland, Calif. (Upland)

    Chances he is a Husker: low

     

    Joe Mathis is a highly touted defensive end prospect out of the talent-rich state of California and is ranked as the 93rd-best athlete in the country, according to Rivals.com.

    The 6'4", 250-pounder looks quick, aggressive and powerful on tape, and he's developed enough to be an early contributor as a pass-rusher in college. Mathis has offers from just about every major program except for LSU and Alabama already, but the Huskers are still in the thick of this race, as he is planning on attending the spring game in a couple of weeks.

    Mathis has heard great things about Nebraska, even from prospects that decided to play elsewhere, and any time you can get a prospect to visit Lincoln, the chances to land him go up significantly.

    Still, considering the fact that teams such as Oklahoma, USC, UCLA, Michigan, Notre Dame and a slew of SEC and Pac-12 members are intensely pursuing him as well, the pessimist in me says the Huskers still have a relatively low chance of landing him.

    With that being said, the fact that we're still vying for this kid's commitment proves that Nebraska's recruiting success is building under Bo Pelini.

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Nick Ramirez, LB

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    Hometown: Lee's Summit, Missouri (Lee's Summit West)

    Chances he is a Husker: good

     

    Nick Ramirez isn't a widely-known prospect, but he does seem to be squarely on Nebraska's radar, and the interest seems mutual.

    The 6'1", 228-pounder has college-ready size and strength, so he could be an immediate contributor wherever he goes if he's able to grasp the system quickly. But despite being ranked in the top 250 prospects nationally by Rivals.com, he's not getting much attention from major programs outside of Missouri and Nebraska.

    Ramirez wants to make a commitment before the beginning of his senior season, and as long as no other SEC programs get involved before then, I think the Huskers have a pretty good shot at landing him.

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Mackensie Alexander, CB

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    Hometown: Immokalee, Fla. (Immokalee)

    Chances he is a Husker: fair

     

    Mackensie Alexander is a fast, physical ball-hawk out of Florida whose tape is, to put it frankly, drool-worthy.

    We can thank new secondary coach Terry Joseph for bringing along Alexander's interest; Alexander was originally committed to Tennessee before Joseph took the Nebraska job.

    Unfortunately for the Huskers, there has been a lot of love between Alexander and Florida since his decommitment, and if I had to make a guess right now, I'd say he eventually commits to Florida.

    But on the bright side, it's clear that Joseph's addition to the staff has given the Huskers a strong connection with SEC country, and if we're lucky, Alexander will be one of Joseph's first gems at Nebraska.

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