Nebraska Football: Offense, Not Defense, Must Be Huskers' 2015 Recruiting Focus

Erin SorensenContributor IJuly 3, 2014

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini follows Nebraska's NCAA college football spring game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Nebraska has gotten off to a strong start recruiting the class of 2015 prospects.

In fact, the Huskers ranked No. 14 on's team rankings list for 2015 back in late February. That ranking even surged to No. 9 by the end of April.

Things are a bit different now, though.

The Huskers currently sit at No. 29 on's list. Dave Miller of, on the other hand, has higher expectations for Nebraska. He currently has the Huskers ranked No. 12 in his early prediction.

Reading Miller's take on Nebraska, it's clear what ranks the Huskers so high: the recruits on defense. He specifically mentions twin defensive tackles Carlos and Khalil Davis, as well as cornerback Eric Lee, as the major strengths of the current 2015 class.

Looking at the Huskers' 10 commits, the team's defense is shaping up nicely.

As for the offense, there is definitely some work that still has to be done. That's especially true with the loss of some key potential players.

In the last couple of months, Nebraska has lost Monte Harrison (recruited in the 2014 class) to Major League Baseball. The team also lost Damore'ea Stringfellow and Spencer Tears. While Tears has not committed anywhere else as of now, Stringfellow selected Mississippi over Nebraska.

With the loss of Harrison, Stringfellow and Tears, the wide receiver position could be in trouble come 2015.

The Huskers have quite a few offers out for the position, but currently nothing set in stone. This will be a primary position that head coach Bo Pelini and his staff will have to focus on.

Additionally, Nebraska has made it clear that the team can never have too many running backs.

With Ameer Abdullah graduating after the 2014 season, it's not a bad idea to continue securing the future of the position. Marquise Doherty of Kansas City, Missouri, is high on the Huskers' target list right now, while Pelini has already secured a commit from New Orleans native Kendall Bussey.

It also never hurts to recruit heavily for the offensive line. With so many injuries in 2013, players had to step up quickly to fill in.

Nebraska currently has commitments from tackle Christian Gaylord and guard Michael Decker.

In addition to the current 10 commits, the Huskers will be looking to secure a class of 18-20 players. Looking at the list now, it's obvious Nebraska needs to put some focus on the offense. If Pelini does not, there could be serious weaknesses come 2015especially at the wide receiver position.

Needless to say, there's a lot of pressure riding on the 2015 class for Pelini. Fans are hoping for a highly ranked class.

Hopefully, that includes a fair amount of offensive recruits, too.


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