Nebraska Football Recruiting: 5 Players to Watch in High School All-Star Games

Erin Sorensen@erinsorensenContributor IDecember 30, 2013

Nebraska Football Recruiting: 5 Players to Watch in High School All-Star Games

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    Nebraska football fans will get an early glimpse of key recruits in the coming week.

    From the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 2 to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 to the Marine Corps-sponsored Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 5, the future of Nebraska football will be on display.

    Some of those playing have not yet committed to Nebraska. However, a couple already have.

    Regardless, it will be fun to watch the best of the best in high school football put on a show. It will be even better having a chance to see future Huskers be part of it.

    For Nebraska fans, these are the five prospects worth watching in the upcoming high school all-star games.

    Note: All stats and information courtesy of 247Sports, unless otherwise noted.

Zack Darlington, 3-Star Dual-Threat QB

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    The 6’3”, 200-pound quarterback committed to Nebraska in June.

    Semper Fi All-American Bowl, Jan. 5, 9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

    Zack Darlington had a rough 2013. After two concussions in two months, it was unclear whether the quarterback would ever play football again.

    However, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has not wavered on his commitment to Darlington. In fact, the coach plans to honor his scholarship regardless of whether the quarterback ever suits up.

    If he does, Darlington faces a lot of competition at Nebraska. He'll compete with redshirt freshman Johnny Stanton and sophomore Tommy Armstrong for playing time.

    Darlington is just happy for the opportunity though, much like he was for the invite to the All-American game. He won't play, per the Orlando Sentinel, but he was grateful for the chance to be included on the roster.

    For full Semper Fi All-American Bowl roster, click here.

Brian Wallace, 4-Star OT

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    Not Committed

    The 6'6", 300-pound offensive tackle has yet to make a decision.

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Jan. 4, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    It's highly unlikely that OT Brian Wallace will commit to Nebraska.

    Stranger things have been known to happen so he can't be counted out just yet.

    Wallace has plenty of offers to choose from. He's taken official visits from Iowa, Alabama, Arkansas and Missouri.

    However, according to, he's narrowed the list to the Crimson Tide and Razorbacks.

    He would have been a great addition to Nebraska's offensive line. He helped Christian Brothers College win the Metro Catholic Conference championship and advance to the Missouri Class 6 quarterfinals, as reported by

    He'll be a big commit for whoever he selects.

    For full U.S. Army All-American Bowl rosters, click here.

Tanner Farmer, 4-Star OG

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    The 6’6”, 305-pound offensive guard committed to Nebraska in June.

    Under Armour All-American Game, Jan. 2, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    A quick search of OG Tanner Farmer doesn't just result in football news.

    Farmer is actually a pretty good wrestler.

    In fact, he's the defending Class 2A state champion at 295 for Belleville West, per

    Beyond his wrestling success, Farmer became one of the top offensive linemen in the Midwest while in high school. He had several offers, including Minnesota, Missouri and Northern Illinois.

    According to, Farmer can run 40 yards in 5.4 seconds, bench-press 430 pounds and squat 650 pounds. He also has a vertical leap of 30 inches.

    He will make a big impact on Nebraska's offensive line. He can also expect to make an impact quickly.

    After plenty of injuries in 2013, the Nebraska offensive line will look to rebuild. Farmer will play a big part.

    For full Under Armour All-American Game rosters, click here.

Darius Slade, 3-Star DE

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    The 6'5", 238-pound defensive end committed to Nebraska on Dec. 10.

    Semper Fi All-American Game, Jan. 5, 9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

    Nebraska won a key recruiting battle when DE Darius Slade committed to the Huskers, as reported by the Omaha World-Herald.

    The Huskers beat out Michigan State and Penn State for the defensive end from Montclair, N.J.

    As a senior, Slade recorded 23.5 sacks. He also helped his high school win back-to-back state titles.

    Slade replaces Nebraska 2013 commit Ernest Suttles, who was removed from the team. He also replaces 2013 commit Dimarya Mixon, who failed to academically qualify for Nebraska.

    He should make an impact for the Huskers early in his career.

    Besides watching him in the Semper Fi All-American Game, fans will get a kick out of his Hudl highlights.

    For full Semper Fi All-American Game roster, click here.

Edwin Freeman, 4-Star OLB

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    Not Committed

    The 6’0.5”, 212-pound outside linebacker has yet to decide.

    Under Armour All-American Game, Jan. 2, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    According to, Nebraska is listed as "cool" on OLB Edwin Freeman's list. Since he has yet to officially commit anywhere, he's still a target for Nebraska.

    However, it seems likely he will choose between Texas and Texas A&M. As a Texas native, Freeman seems poised to stay close to home.

    Plus, Texas was Freeman's favorite program as a child.

    Nebraska fans may be interested in catching Freeman in the Under Armour All-American Game, but the Huskers won't be holding their breaths.

    He would have been a great addition to Nebraska's secondary. Freeman is ranked seventh nationally at safety and No. 106 in the latest ESPN 300, per (subscription required).

    However, the Huskers will likely look for help elsewhere.

    For full Under Armour All-American Game rosters, click here.