Breaking Down Nebraska's Chances to Sign Its Top 5 National Signing Day Targets

Patrick Runge@@patrickrungeCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2014

Breaking Down Nebraska's Chances to Sign Its Top 5 National Signing Day Targets

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    “So, you’re telling me there’s a chance …”

    - Lloyd, “Dumb and Dumber”

    As January melts away, Nebraska fans will be watching the recruiting boards to see how NU is doing with its top remaining targets. Nebraska’s recruiting class currently sits at 19, with a number of important targets remaining to be landed before national signing day.

    What are Nebraska’s chances of landing those top prospects? (Hopefully for NU fans, better than Lloyd’s.) Let’s take a look at five of Nebraska’s top targets. 


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Andrew Mike

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    Position: Offensive Tackle

    Height and Weight: 6’7”, 270 pounds

    Rating: 4-star (90 composite)

    Andrew Mike is the top-rated player left on Nebraska’s board at a position of real need. Dominating in both size and strength, Mike would have the chance to provide some stability to Nebraska’s offensive line going forward.

    While Mike remains interested in Nebraska, he has not yet taken an official visit. Time is running short, and unless the coaching staff can get Mike to Lincoln, there’s little chance of getting his signature on signing day.

    Chance of Signing: 10 percent

Chris Jones

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    Position: Cornerback

    Height and Weight: 6’0”, 175 pounds

    Rating: 3-star (87 composite)

    Currently a Purdue commit, Chris Jones has decided to make an official visit to Nebraska. That’s definitely good news for Nebraska at a position of need and will give newly hired defensive backs coach Charlton Warren a chance to connect with the cornerback.

    Given that Jones has decommitted once already and has agreed to a late visit in Lincoln, Nebraska has to think it is sitting pretty with a shot.

    Chance of Signing: 50 percent

Mikale Wilbon

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    Position: Running Back

    Height and Weight: 5’9”, 195 pounds

    Rating: 4-star (90 composite)

    Mikale Wilbon was a Vanderbilt commit, but when James Franklin bolted for Penn State, Nebraska was able to swoop in with an offer and get back on his radar screen. A late visit to Lincoln could put Wilbon in the mix with Kalen Ballage and Corey Avery as running backs for Nebraska’s 2014 class.

    Chance of Signing: 30 percent

Desean Blair

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    Position: Wide Receiver

    Height and Weight: 6’4”, 185 pounds

    Rating: 3-star (85 composite)

    Desean Blair is a Louisville commit who re-opened his recruiting when Charlie Strong left for Texas. Blair’s size make him an outstanding fit to fill the void left by a departing Quincy Enunwa for a big-bodied outside receiver. This looks like an opportunity for Nebraska to take advantage of another school’s coaching change.

    Chance of Signing: 50 percent

Kevin Bronson

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    Position: Defensive End

    Height and Weight: 6’4”, 233 pounds

    Rating: 3-star (84 composite)

    With Darius Slade decommitting, Nebraska had a need for an additional defensive end, and Kevin Bronson came back on NU’s recruiting board. With a number of schools chasing Bronson, though, the task of landing him in Lincoln is far from certain. Still, with Bronson still intending to make an official visit, Nebraska is still at least in the game to land his signature on signing day.

    Chance of Signing: 25 percent


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