Nebraska football fans are waiting with bated breath to see how NU fills out its 2014 recruiting class prior to signing day. Currently, Nebraska’s class sits at No. 34 nationally and No. 5 in the Big Ten. The highlights of the class are pretty well known, but Nebraska’s current class has a few hidden gems as well.
Let’s take a look at three of them who might make a bigger impact than expected in the years to come.
Monte Harrison (WR, 6’3”, 200 pounds, 4-star, 90 composite)
OK, perhaps a guy doesn’t count as underrated when Steven Sipple of the Lincoln Journal-Star writes a column gushing about his freakish athletic ability. But the fact remains that Monte Harrison brings the kind of size in a wide receiver that Quincy Enunwa provided in years past.
Couple that with Harrison’s athleticism, and he has the potential to be a real game changer for Nebraska in seasons to come—if professional baseball doesn’t lure him away.
D.J. Foster (OG, 6’1”, 300 pounds, 3-star, 87 composite)
D.J. Foster isn’t the best offensive line prospect in Nebraska’s 2014 class. He’s probably not even the best guard prospect in the class. But there is a real value in being one of the top in-state prospects. Nebraska’s history is littered with in-state linemen who have built amazing careers in Lincoln. Spencer Long is the latest example of a local boy made good.
Foster could very well be next in line.
So, which 2014 Nebraska recruit is the most underrated?
Jariah Tolbert (WR, 6’3”, 185 pounds, 3-star, 81 composite)
Again, Jariah Tolbert is not the best wide receiver prospect in Nebraska’s 2014 class. Indeed, the most important part of Tolbert’s addition to the class may very well be where he is from—Louisiana. The Pelican State is an important and potentially rich vein of talent for Nebraska to tap in years to come, particularly if it wants to compete with the likes of Ohio State and Michigan for conference titles.
Tolbert’s arrival has already been followed by one other Louisianan, wide receiver Glenn Irons, in 2014. Nebraska pulled Cethan Carter and Tre’vell Dixon out of Louisiana in 2013. And if Tolbert (and Irons and the rest of the Pelican Staters on the roster) are able to find success in Lincoln, the path from Louisiana to Nebraska for top-flight football talent might be a bit brighter in the future.
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