Nebraska football recruiting is currently ranked 27th nationally by ESPN’s Recruiting Nation service for the 2013 class. However, there are some obvious holes that need to be addressed before Nebraska’s recruiting class can legitimately be considered a success. Here are five of the most important prospects Nebraska is still hoping to land.
(Unless otherwise specified, all information is from ESPN’s recruitingnation.com website)
With defensive tackle being one of Nebraska’s greatest positions of need, Johnson is one of the most valuable players left on NU’s board. A 6'4", 305-pounder from Hutchinson Community College, Johnson has the size and the experience to come in and immediately challenge for playing time on Nebraska’s defensive line in 2013.
Bradley is another high-value junior college target at defensive end for Nebraska. A 6'3", 310-pound teammate of Johnson from Hutchinson Community College, Bradley has the physical tools necessary to challenge for playing time right away in 2013.
Qualls has committed to Washington but, according to Sam McEwon of the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska is still actively recruiting him and believes a decommit is possible. If Nebraska flips Qualls and brings him to Lincoln in 2013, it would be quite a coup.
At 6'1" and 285 pounds, Qualls is a hair under-sized as a defensive tackle, but has the athletic ability to play running back in high school. That kind of ability, combined with time in Nebraska’s strength program, is an exciting prospect.
So, how many of these top prospects will Nebraska land?
Nebraska loses both Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed to graduation, meaning tight end is another huge area of need for NU. Vandenberg projects to be one of the most versatile tight end prospects out of the junior college ranks.
At 6'6" and 260 pounds from the College of the Desert, Vandenberg can effectively block, and still has the speed and hands to be an effective pass-catching threat.
Although Dixon originally decommitted from Nebraska, it appears the 6', 185-pound athlete from West Saint Mary High School in Louisiana is reconsidering. Nebraska is back in the running for Dixon who, like Jamal Turner, is a quarterback in high school.
Much more dangerous as a runner than a thrower, look for Dixon to make a Turner-like transition to receiver or perhaps safety should he re-commit and come to Lincoln in 2013.
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