Nebraska Football 2012: Big Red Recruiting Update

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIJune 26, 2012

MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 1: Head Coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers speaks after losing to the Wisconsin Badgers 48-17 on October 1, 2011 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.  (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers are still a couple months away from the beginning of the 2012 football season, but they are already making solid headway in landing one of their bigger and better classes in head coach Bo Pelini's tenure.

Since my last update, the Huskers have landed six more prospects to push their total to 11, which is about two thirds of the number they signed last February.

Most notable of those are receiver Kevin Gladney and athlete Nathan Gerry, but each one has been big for the Huskers.

Gladney, one of four commits from the state of Ohio, is a 6'1", 182-pound wideout who had 12 touchdown catches as a junior and is poised for a great senior season.

Gerry, a gem from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, could be Nebraska's most underrated commitment so far (along with linebacker Courtney Love). He is a physically impressive player who has outstanding measurables, and he is also said to have great versatility.

Nebraska's other relatively new commitments include Texas DE Christian Lacouture, Ohio TE Greg Hart and Indiana offensive linemen Dan Samuelson and Gabriel Miller.

Miller is one of the newest and most interesting commitments. He is a long-snapping specialist who could soon replace unheralded Husker long snapper P.J. Mangieri.

In addition to these new commits, one of Nebraska's first and most impressive commitments got some exciting news following his participation in the first inaugural Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

Linebacker Josh Banderas, a hometown recruit, was invited to this year's US Army All-American Bowl following an eye-catching performance. Banderas has stated his desire to help the coaches recruit this cycle, and was likely in the ears of other high-profile Nebraska targets like Joe Mathis and Eddie Vanderdoes at the event.

Nebraska has also been getting a lot of love from rising quarterback prospect Johnny Stanton of Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Stanton would fill a big need at quarterback, and both he and his high school coach are thoroughly impressed with the program.

I've recently heard rumblings that Nebraska has not been able to get over the hump under Pelini because the recruiting hasn't been good enough. At this point I don't think that could be much further from the truth.

Nebraska continues to gain momentum on the recruiting front, and this year's class might be stocked with more high quality talent than we've seen since Pelini has taken over.