February 6 is national signing day, and followers of Nebraska football recruiting will be waiting with baited breath to see how NU fills out its class of 2013. While much of Bo Pelini’s class has already verbally committed, there are a number of targets Nebraska is still chasing.
Here are five prospects that the Children of the Corn will be obsessively checking their Twitter feeds to find out whether they will end up in Lincoln next fall.
Unless otherwise indicated, all information is from ESPN's RecruitingNation.
Willis is the crown jewel of recruits left on Nebraska’s target list that most recruiting watchers think NU has a legitimate shot to land. A 4-star safety from Arizona, Willis has the size at 6’2” and 199 pounds to defend bigger and more physical receivers while having the speed to cover ground and handle the responsibilities laid on safeties in Bo Pelini’s defense.
Nebraska is competing with Florida State, LSU, Virginia and UCLA to land Willis. If Willis ends up in Lincoln, he could be one of Nebraska’s top five signings in the 2013 class.
Hey, if you’re going to make a wish list, why not dream big? Vanderdoes, the top-rated defensive tackle on ESPN’s list, is a 5-star prospect from Auburn, CA. He’s 6’3” and 310 pounds, and has the kind of pass-rushing skills that have been noticeably absent from Nebraska’s interior defensive line in the last two years.
Vanderdoes de-committed from USC in December, and has taken visits to UCLA, Washington and Notre Dame. He has an offer from Nebraska (as well as many other schools), but has no visit scheduled. Landing Vanderdoes in Lincoln would be a bolt from the blue, but could be a game-changing difference if it happened.
Fine, let’s just get this out of the way now.
“Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?”
Now that we’ve checked that box, let’s take a look at the 6’6”, 275-pound offensive tackle from Bellaire, TX. He’s a 3-star offensive tackle prospect, according to ESPN. Tackle is a clear need for Nebraska with only one true tackle (David Knevel) and two other offensive linemen (Zach Hannon and juco transfer Matt Finnin) in the 2013 class.
According to Sam McEwon of the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska is in the lead for Johnson’s signature, and he could be in the class by the end of this week.
Because Nebraska can’t have enough receivers named Quincy, right?
Adeboyejo, a 6’2”, 175-pound wide receiver from Cedar Hill, TX, de-committed from Texas A&M earlier this month. A 3-star prospect according to ESPN, with the height to make him a tempting red-zone target, surprising speed and long arms.
If Adeboyejo comes to Lincoln and redshirts to bulk up (so long as he doesn’t lose too much speed), he would be a great addition to Nebraska’s receiving corps in 2014 and beyond.
Kondolo is a junior college transfer target from Fresno City (CA) College. At 6’4” and 290 pounds, he’s a 3-star prospect according to ESPN, and is capable in both pass- and run-blocking.
Although ESPN lists him as a tackle, Sam McEwon of the Omaha World-Herald says to look for him in the mix at center or guard if Nebraska beats out Tennessee and he comes to Lincoln.
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