Nebraska Football: Ranking Nebraska's Top 10 Recruiting Targets for 2015
The 2014 recruiting class may have just been finalized for Nebraska, but head coach Bo Pelini has already started looking ahead. As a result, the Huskers' 2015 class is beginning to shape up nicely.
As of now, the Huskers' 2015 class sits at No. 13, per 247Sports. If the momentum continues to go as it has, this could be Pelini's best class yet.
However, there's a long way to go until signatures are finalized. Nevertheless, there are plenty of recruits who are worth keeping an eye on as spring and summer progress.
Here's a ranking of Nebraska's top 10 recruiting targets for the 2015 class.
10. OT Christian Gaylord
Christian Gaylord, 4-star OT; 6'6", 275 lbs
Kansas native Christian Gaylord is Nebraska's fourth commit of the 2015 class. A fan of Nebraska, he had been hoping for an offer to play for the Cornhuskers.
“It’s a childhood dream come true,” Gaylord told Josh Harvey of Scout.com (subscription required). “My brother and I would wait around when were little for the Nebraska game to start. I remember telling my brother before games that I was going to play there someday.”
Gaylord adds a lot of depth to the Huskers' 2015 class. Kansas State, Oklahoma and Minnesota were also interested in him. Needless to say, Nebraskans should be excited about the prospect of him in scarlet and cream.
9. OT Grant Schmidt
Grant Schmidt, 4-star OT; 6'6", 275 lbs
Nebraska has yet to make Grant Schmidt am offer, but that doesn't mean Huskers fans shouldn't pay attention to the offensive tackle. He was at Nebraska's junior day earlier this year, which means he has interest.
According to Schmidt's Hudl profile, he boasts a 275-pound bench press and a 450-pound squat. If he improves those numbers, Nebraska will reciprocate his interest.
He is listed as the No. 1 player in South Dakota, per 247Sports. Expect Nebraska to extend an offer by the end of spring or early summer.
8. S Avery Anderson
Avery Anderson, 4-star S; 6'0", 170 lbs
Avery Anderson was originally committed to Arizona State. On February 2, that changed.
The Huskers can always use help at the safety position, and Anderson can bring that to the team. He helped Pine Creek High School become the Colorado class 4A state champions last season. He is also ranked No. 220 on the Rivals 250 list for 2015.
His accolades have many fans excited about his potential. He also has offers from Colorado and Wyoming.
7. DB Eric Lee
Eric Lee, 4-star CB; 6'0", 175 lbs
Eric Lee has been interested in the Huskers for some time. From attending a camp in Nebraska last summer to attending a game in 2013, the cornerback has had his eyes set on the Big Red. After attending junior day, he became the first official commit of the 2015 class.
He is the Huskers' top corner target for 2015. According to the Omaha World-Herald, he had 41 tackles and two interceptions in 2013. 247Sports rates him the No. 137 prospect overall for the 2015 class.
The 4-star has a lot of potential for Nebraska. Fans will be anxious to see the Colorado native in Lincoln.
6. ATH Kendall Bussey
Kendall Bussey, 3-star ATH; 5'8", 192 lbs
When I-back Ameer Abdullah graduates at the end of the 2014 season, someone will need to replace him. The Huskers coaches believe that player could be Kendall Bussey.
“They told me I’m the first running back on their board and the only running back they’re recruiting for the class of 2015,” Bussey told the Omaha World-Herald.
That's what sold him on Nebraska. In 2013, he had 974 yards for 18 touchdowns on 79 carries and caught 31 passes for 408 yards and eight touchdowns, according to NOLA.com. His numbers are exciting for Nebraska fans.
5. DT Khalil Davis
Khalil Davis, 3-star DT; 6'2", 260 lbs
If Khalil Davis' last name looks familiar, it's because he committed to Nebraska with his brother Carlos Davis. But don't get the two confused.
Khalil is the No. 6 player out of Missouri and the No. 25 defensive tackle in the class of 2015, according to 247Sports.com. Nebraska can always benefit from strong recruits at defensive tackle, which makes him very appealing.
While the Huskers recruited both Khalil and his brother at the defensive end position, if he continues to grow, he might switch to tackle.
4. SDE Carlos Davis
Carlos Davis, 4-star SDE; 6'2", 260 lbs
The brother of Khalil Davis, Carlos is a strong-side defensive end. According to 247Sports, he's the No. 14 SDE in the class of 2015. He is also the No. 4-ranked player in Missouri.
Michael Bruntz of 247Sports shed some light on Carlos and his brother's decision:
The commitment was a long time coming for the Davis twins who were among Nebraska’s top defensive line targets.
The twins visited Nebraska for the season-opener last season, then returned for Big Red Weekend at the beginning of February. Prior to Saturday’s visit, the Twins told 247Sports that Nebraska had been their clear favorite in part because of the recruiting job done by John Garrison and Rick Kaczenski.
3. QB Kevin Dillman
Kevin Dillman, 5-star Dual-Threat Quarterback; 6'4", 220 lbs
Kevin Dillman is a 5-star dual-threat quarterback who could be a huge commit for Nebraska's 2015 class. While the Huskers have plenty of signal-callers on the roster, Dillman could provide additional security.
After all, Zack Darlington has battled concussions, which may or may not become an issue during his collegiate career. If it does, Dillman could step up. This would also allow AJ Bush, who is currently listed as a quarterback, to switch positions with little worry.
Dillman's highlight tape is worth a look. If Nebraska can impress him in 2014, his signature would be worth snagging.
2. DE Adam McLean
Adam McLean, 4-star DE; 6'2", 290 lbs
The defensive end position is where Nebraska has the most need. That's why the Huskers are heavily recruiting Adam McLean.
The 4-star has interest from Ohio State, Notre Dame and Maryland, three programs that could give Nebraska a run for its money. In total, he has more than 30 offers.
Does he have any idea of where he might end up?
“I’m still wide open,” he told The Washington Post.
That's good news for Coach Pelini as he works to lure McLean to Nebraska.
1. OT Martez Ivey
Martez Ivey, 5-star OT; 6'6", 280 lbs
The top recruit for Nebraska would be a huge get for Coach Pelini. The 5-star offensive tackle is one of the nation's most coveted offensive linemen in the 2015 class.
While programs like Florida, Alabama and Auburn are interested, Nebraska has a slight advantage in recruiting him. Huskers quarterback Zack Darlington went to the same high school and played with Ivey. There's something to be said about that relationship.
Signing him would solidify this class as Pelini's best yet at Nebraska.
Need some extra convincing of Ivey's talent? His highlights (above) are enough to make any Huskers fan excited about the chance of him playing in Lincoln.
All statistics and rankings are courtesy of 247Sports, unless otherwise noted.