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Nebraska Cornhuskers' June 2011 Recruiting Review

Nebraska Recruiting is in full gear, under coach Bo Pelini
Nebraska Recruiting is in full gear, under coach Bo PeliniTom Pennington/Getty Images
Joseph CiracoCorrespondent IJune 25, 2011

Until this past Monday, a little bit of skepticism existed among the faithful Husker nation.  With just two recruits verbally committed in the 2011 football class, LB Michael Rose and WR Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska recruiting appeared to be in full force, but without much success.

On June 20, the momentum began when Lincoln Nebraska TE Sam Cotton announced that he accepted his recent scholarship offer.  The son of coach Barney Cotton, Sam is a promising TE prospect and has the size and agility to possibly move to DE.

One of the most sought after recruits added to the excitement on Thursday, when blue chip DE prospect Greg McMullen finally pulled the trigger and verbally committed to the Huskers.  McMullen is listed as a top 100 prospect on Rivals and was being heavily recruited by other major programs, such as Notre Dame and Miami.

Just when it looked like the week couldn't get any better, Colorado native Paul Thurston added to the excitement and announced his intention to attend Nebraska.  Thurston is listed as an offensive tackle, but might move inside to guard. 

Despite a limited number of scholarships available this year, Nebraska seems poised to have a quality heavy class. 

The current class might only have 15 available scholarships, so Bo Pelini and his staff are being very selective with offers. 

With possibly one-third of the class spots already taken, it will be very interesting to see where the staff focuses now.  QB is obviously a priority position, as Cody Green recently left the program and the future of Bubba Starling might be baseball, despite the kind of talent that could make him a future top pick in the NFL draft.

One real possibility is Tommy Armstrong from Cibolo, Texas.  Despite the Husker interest, it appears Armstrong is going to have a lot of offers to choose from, including Missouri.

A prospect that I am personally hoping for is California WR Kenny Lawler, who is currently committed to Arizona State.  Lawler is the kind of play maker that would improve Nebraska's talent at WR.

Defensive Tackle Vincent Valentine is the other recruit that I desperately want Nebraska to land.  Valentine is an explosive interior lineman from Edwardsville Illinois and would add to the incredible talent and depth that the team currently has.

With summer just beginning and the start of the season right around the corner, it appears that early struggles have been soothed and the program is in on and able to land heavily sought after talent.

Hopefully Husker Nation won't have to wait long for more good news.

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