College Football logoCollege Football

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

Patrick RungeCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2014

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

1 of 6

    Nati Harnik/Associated Press

    “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. 

     

    All measurables, star ratings, and images are from 247Sports.com.

Andrew Mike

2 of 6

    Image from 247Sports.com, originally located at http://bit.ly/1jfCLNF

    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

3 of 6

    Image from 247Sports.com, originally located at http://bit.ly/1h5qQOn

    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

4 of 6

    Image from 247Sports.com, located at http://bit.ly/1kNpoFX

    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

5 of 6

    Image from 247Sports.com, located at http://bit.ly/1dH47dh

    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

6 of 6

    Image from 247Sports.com, located at http://bit.ly/1h5sijQ

    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

     

    If you'd like to contact Patrick, send an email to patrickrunge@gmail.com.

    Or, you could always use the Twitter machine to follow @patrickrunge.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
get the App on the App Storeget the App on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices