Nebraska football’s 2014 recruiting class is nearing its completion, with 23 players making either verbal commitments or signing letters of intent to play for the Cornhuskers. Currently, Nebraska’s haul puts the 2014 class at No. 35 nationally and No. 6 in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports.
With likely only two more spots to fill, it is entirely possible that Nebraska’s class will be full prior to national signing day. However, recruiting is a fluid business, meaning that one never knows for sure exactly what is going to happen until that letter of intent is signed.
So it's time to play Carnac the Magnificent and look into the future, at least a little ways, and prognosticate who will be the two players that will complete Nebraska’s 2014 recruiting class.
Kenyon Frison (Offensive Tackle, 6’5”, 290 pounds, 4-star, 93 composite)
The commitment last week of 4-star offensive tackle prospect Nick Gates should actually help Nebraska’s recruitment of Frison, the No. 19 tackle in the country, focused in part on the camaraderie and team that would be developed on the offensive line in Lincoln. According to 247Sports, Frison and Gates, along with offensive line commit D.J. Foster, have already formed a relationship.
"They were telling me that they want me at left tackle and that having me, Nick Gates, and D.J. Foster would be a very big addition for the offensive line," Frison said in an interview with 247Sports (subscription required).
The fact that Nebraska was able to get a late on-campus visit (Jan. 24) with Frison, coupled with NU’s history of closing strong, bodes well for the chances of Frison to be wearing scarlet and cream in 2014. While Nebraska and Oklahoma are squaring off for Frison’s signature, look for Nebraska to win this battle.
So, how many of these predictions did Patrick get right?
Kevin Bronson (Defensive End, 6’4”, 233 pounds, 3-star, 84 composite)
Landing Bronson would be quite a coup for Nebraska, particularly with the confirmation that Avery Moss will not be playing in 2014 (if at all). Between Moss' troubles and the decommittment of Darius Slade, defensive end has been a real position of need in this year’s recruiting class for Nebraska.
Virginia Tech has long been in the lead for Bronson's commitment. But Bronson had his official visit with the Hokies on Jan. 24 and did not make a commitment. He is scheduled for an official visit in Lincoln on Jan. 31.
Certainly, that may just be a case of a recruit leaving his options open and getting all of his official visits taken. But we have seen time and time again that Nebraska has great success if it can get a recruit on campus to see the school and the entire experience. Couple that with the obvious need for defensive end—and therefore the opportunity to make a name and earn playing time—and Nebraska should be a very attractive destination for Bronson.
*All measurable and star ratings from 247Sports.
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