Nebraska Football Recruiting: Updates on 2013 Commits and Targets
The Nebraska Cornhuskers football program is a big-time recruiting draw with many elite players across the country.
Bo Pelini's program is known for playing good football, and it's one of the better football schools in the Big Ten.
The fanbase and football atmosphere at Nebraska is also incredible, so overall, there's a lot to like if you're a college football recruit.
If you're a fan of Nebraska football or even just college football recruiting in general, consider this to be your "one-stop shop" for Nebraska recruiting.
You'll find all the news, analysis and updates on commitments and targets that you'll ever need right here.
Note: All 2012 stats via 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
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Update: 3-star WDE Ernest Suttles has committed to Nebraska on 1/14/13
Update: 4-star RB Terrell Newby has committed to Nebraska on 1/9/13
Update: The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a huge bowl game coming up against the Georgia Bulldogs, which could end up playing a big role in recruiting.
Winning bowl games is always huge on the recruiting trail, but this game has a chance to be monumental for Bo Pelini and his program. Georgia was a win over Alabama away from playing in the BCS National Championship, and it was one of the best programs in college football this past season.
Beating the Bulldogs would be a big statement for the Cornhuksers, and it would undoubtedly resonate with elite recruits around the nation—especially ones who believe that the Big Ten cannot compete with the SEC. The Capital One Bowl means a lot on the field for Nebraska, but it's going to mean just as much for recruiting. --End of Update
Johnny Stanton Via 247Sports
Johnny Stanton: 4-star dual-threat QB, 6'2", 215 lb. (247Sports)
Taylor Martinez is a redshirt junior, so there's not necessarily an immediate need at the quarterback position. Landing a player that can add depth or even redshirt is important on a yearly basis though, so Nebraska has to feel good about getting a commitment from Stanton.
In time, he cold become a starter for the Cornhuskers. Stanton is the No. 11 ranked dual-threat quarterback recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, so overall he's a big-time recruit.
Adam Taylor Via 247Sports
Adam Taylor: 3-star RB, 6'1", 210 lb. (247Sports)
2012 Stats: 2,668 YD, 44 TD
Terrell Newby: 4-star RB, 5'10'', 185 lb. (247Sports)
2012 Stats: 2,305 YD, 45 TD
Running back depth is always important, especially in the Big Ten. In Taylor, Nebraska will be getting a very good player. He has good size, and he's ranked as the No. 22 running back in the 2013 class (247Sports composite rankings).
He'll be a valuable bench player right away, but in time, he does have what it takes to be a feature back.
Wide Receivers/ Tight Ends
Kevin Gladney Via 247Sports
James Clark: 4-star WR, 5'10'', 170 lb. (247Sports)
Biggest Competition for Commitment: Rutgers, Texas, Northwestern
Greg Hart: 3-star TE, 6'5", 225 lb. (247Sports)
Kevin Gladney: 3-star WR, 6'2", 175 lb. 4.59 40 (247Sports)
Nebraska doesn't have many needs at the wide receiver position, so landing Gladney's commitment is a luxury.
Hart is a really important recruit though and he'll fill a need right away for the Cornhuskers. He has great size for a tight end and he has the potential to make an immediate impact. He'll be big enough to stay home and block, but he has the size to matchup well with linebackers and safeties in the secondary.
David Knevel Via 247Sports
David Knevel: 4-star OT, 6'9", 285 lb. (247Sports)
Dan Samuelson: 3-star OG, 6'5", 290 lb. (247Sports)
Zach Hannon: 3-star OT, 6'5", 298 lb. (247Sports)
Gabriel Miller: 2-star LS, 6'1", 240 lb. (247Sports)
This is a very good offensive line class for Nebraska. All of these players have tremendous size and should be more than able to hold their own against Big Ten opponents. This group will provide depth right away, but in time, they will become very important to the success of the Cornhuskers' program.
A.J. Natter Via 247Sports
Ben Bradley: 4-star JUCO DT, 6'2'', 302 lb. (247Sports composite)
2012 Stats: 43 TCK, 9.5 TFL, 5 SCK
Biggest Competition for Commitment: Auburn, Kentucky, Missouri
Maliek Collins: 3-star DT, 6'2'', 218 lb. (247Sports)
2012 Stats: 102 TCK, 46 TFL, 15 SCK
Biggest Competition for Commitment: Iowa State, Iowa, Missouri
Randy Gregory: 4-star weak-side DE, 6'5", 240 lb. 4.70 40 (247Sports)
A.J. Natter: 3-star weak-side DE, 6'5", 240 lb. (247Sports)
Ernest Suttles: 3-star weak-side DE, 6'5'', 220 lb. (247Sports)
Nebraska will be getting two very good edge players in Gregory and Natter. Gregory has a good combination of size and speed, so he should be a very valuable part of this 2013 class. He's the No. 1 JUCO weak-side defensive end recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, so he represents a big commitment for Nebraska.
Marcus Newby Via 247Sports
Marcus Newby: 4-star OLB, 6'1", 210 lb. (247Sports)
Josh Banderas: 4-star ILB, 6'2", 215 lb. (247Sports)
All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET
Courtney Love: 4-star OLB, 6'1'', 215 lb. (247Sports)
D.J. Singleton: 3-star OLB/S, 6'3", 200 lb. (247Sports)
This is easily the strongest player group in Nebraska's 2013 class, and Pelini and his staff have done a great job of filling some major needs. Both Will Compton and Alonzo Whaley are redshirt seniors, so it was very important for Nebraska to recruit well at the linebacker position this recruiting cycle.
Banderas is the big-time recruit, but all of these players have very good potential. Banderas is the No. 11 inside linebacker recruit in the nation (247Sports) composite rankings. Overall, this group of linebackers will have a huge impact for Nebraska.
Marcus McWilson Via 247Sports
Priest Willis: 5-star CB, 6'2'', 200 lb.
All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5pm ET
Biggest Competition for Commitment: Virginia, Florida State, LSU , Arizona State, Notre Dame, UCLA
D.J. Singleton: (Signed) 3-star S, 6'3'', 200 lb.
Marcus McWilson: 4-star ATH/S, 6'0", 190 lb. (247Sports)
Nathan Gerry: 3-star ATH/S, 6'2", 206 lb. (247Sports)
2012 Stats: 64 TCK, 5 INT, 2 FF
Nebraska is getting good depth with these three recruits. Both McWilson and Gerry are listed as athlete recruits, so that goes to show you how talented they have the potential to be. McWilson is actually the 19th-ranked athlete recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings, so he's a big commitment for the Cornhuskers.
Priest Willis is the marquee name on Nebraska's recruiting board, and at the very least, the Cornhuskers still seem to be in the race. Nebraska is listed in his top seven, according to 247Sports. Landing his commitment would be monumental for Pelini and his staff.