In one of the least surprising moves of the recruiting season, former Husker commit, Jonathan Cook of Spanish Fort, Alabama, committed to Alabama on Saturday as soon as the Crimson Tide offered him a scholarship.
This is hardly surprising as Cook was wanting a scholarship from either one of his home state SEC schools of Alabama and Auburn, especially Alabama as he says him and his family are all Bama fans.
Cook is a strange fit. It's a surprise he even committed to Nebraska, and in recent weeks he kept saying he was looking around and trying to get SEC offers. This decision also does not hurt as much as if another recruit in the class had decommitted.
Cornerback is not a high position of need for Nebraska. Both starting Safeties, Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Josh Mitchell, their backups, Andrew Green and Charles Jackson, and the nickel back, Ciante Evans, will all return next season. There is only one senior cornerback on the entire roster, and Nebraska has been stockpiling talent at that position. In other words, Nebraska is fine—in fact, the cornerback is probably the position that Nebraska needs the least amount of help in filling. Would it have been nice to keep Cook? Yes, but it's not something that is a major deal.
In some good news, Nebraska did gain a recruit. DJ Singleton of St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, NJ committed to Nebraska on Saturday. Singleton is a four star safety according to ESPN. Singleton is actually a 2012 recruit, and was committed to Wisconsin, but missed some points on his SAT that prevented him from qualifying.
He sat out a year to work on his grades, got that fixed, and with the massive and unexpected turmoil at Wisconsin after Bret Bielema bailed for Arkansas, Singleton reopened his recruiting, took a visit to Nebraska this weekend and committed.
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Singleton is a top notch recruit. In 2012, Singleton had a impressive list of schools offering him scholarships, including Michigan, Miami, Wisconsin, Tennessee, North Carolina and Nebraska. Since he is a 2012 recruit he does not have a current ranking by Rivals or Scout. Nebraska beat writer Sean Callahan has said that Rivals will adjust for this and make him a 2013 recruit, no word on whether Scout will do this as well.
Ross Els, Nebraska's linebackers coach, was Singleton's recruiter for Nebraska last year. Singleton is a big safety at 205 lbs., but he is fast and very good at run support. He may end up in some sort of hybrid position that Bo Pelini's defense loves to have. Who knows, he may end up as the next Eric Hagg, who was the star hybrid Safety/Linebacker in Nebraska's Peso defense.
Nebraska has two other safeties in the current class with Nathan Gerry and Marcus McWilson, but safety is a big position of need for Nebraska. Both starting safeties, Damien Stafford and PJ Smith, will be gone, and only two other safeties on the roster have any game experience. Singleton will enroll early at Nebraska to learn the schemes and maybe make a shot at getting playing time as a true freshman.
According to the Scout.com team rankings, Nebraska sits as the 19th best recruiting class in the country, and third best in the Big Ten.
In total, Singleton gives Nebraska 16 recruits. Those break down into one QB, one RB, one WR, one TE, one O-guard, one O-tackle, one D-tackle, two D-ends, three LBs, three Safeties, and one long snapper.
In terms of states, Singleton is the first New Jersey recruit for the Huskers. New Jersey may see more attention in recruiting by Nebraska as the addition of Rutgers now makes New Jersey Big Ten country. Breaking down the states, Arizona: 1, California: 1, Indiana: 2, Maryland: 1, Missouri: 1, Nebraska: 1, New Jersey: 1, Ohio: 5, South Dakota: 1, Texas: 1, and Wisconsin: 1.