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Nebraska Football Recruiting: 5 Fantastic 2012 Prospects for the Cornhuskers

Brandon CavanaughCorrespondent IFebruary 9, 2011

Nebraska Football Recruiting: 5 Fantastic 2012 Prospects for the Cornhuskers

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    Offers are starting to be sent out by the handful.

    Coaches are refining their wants and needs of the 2012 recruiting season.

    Offers that have already been made during the 2011 cycle by schools quick on the take are now swiftly being handed out by those slow out of the gate.

    Other talent on the fringe of that assessment is starting to see offers pile up well into the double digits already.

    There are five premium prospects that the Nebraska Cornhuskers have offered whose commitment would have the coaches in Lincoln jumping for joy.

5. Timothy Cole (LB)

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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 212 pounds

    Why the Need?

    The departure of Lavonte David and Matthew May will be a huge loss for the Cornhuskers.

    David’s raw athleticism and talent that allowed him a record-setting junior season in Lincoln cannot be easily replaced. Matthew May has been excellent in support.

    Sean Fischer and Will Compton will be seniors should Cole come into the fold and can help guide him along.

    Cole provides a powerful presence in the middle that will be vital to Nebraska’s success against Big Ten offenses.

4. Andrus Peat (OL)

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 270 pounds

    Why the Need?

    When putting together the best offensive line, there is no such thing as too many quality players.

    Peat is one of the finest offensive line prospects in the country.

    A commitment to Nebraska means big things for both parties.

    He would be joining one of the most talented and athletic offensive line in the country in the 2012-2013 season, at least on paper.

3. Zach Banner (OL)

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 310 pounds

    Why the Need?

    Banner's absolutely humongous size makes him a must-get prospect if Nebraska wants to continue filling any and all holes in the offensive line with potential star power.

    His presence would also help offset the loss of Marcel Jones and JUCO tackle Jermarcus "Yoshi" Hardrick.

2. Dorial Green-Beckham (WR)

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 220 pounds

    Why the Need?

    Green-Bechkam provides Nebraska with a win-win situation.

    The Cornhuskers need to continue to fill their roster with quality wide receiver talent as they look to continue refining their offense.

    With the signing of the Springfield, Missouri prospect, Nebraska would also keep a firm foothold in Missouri following their transition into the Big Ten.

1. Jameis Winston (QB)

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 200 pounds

    Why the Need?

    Having to justify the need for a player like Winston is an easy chore. He's one of the top quarterbacks in the country to run a dynamic, dual-threat system.

    He's also simply one of the best high school quarterbacks in the country regardless of the system.

    If a program is going to compete not only for conference championships, but for BCS appearances and national championships, Winston is the type of player that needs to be on its roster.

    Trying to get Winston out of Alabama may be a difficult task.

    Should Nebraska's recruiting get rolling early on like it did last year, the idea of a commit by Winston isn't so far-fetched.

    Offseasons are for scrubs.

    Football news, reviews and much more awaits! Follow Brandon on Twitter (@eightlaces) for the all the latest and other general football goodness.

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