The Nebraska Cornhuskers football team has been tabbed one of the favorites to win the Big Ten in its inaugural season, and one reason for that is an influx of talent from a strong 2011 recruiting class.
However, some of the lesser-known pieces of this class could potentially make bigger and earlier impacts than their heavily touted counterparts.
These underrated players have the talent and ability to make big impacts for the Huskers—what they don't have is the hype. And since the hype machine has been deadly to the careers of countless high-profile recruits, the lack of attention could be the best thing that ever happened to them.
Some recent lightly-touted recruits who ended up starring for Nebraska include Zac Taylor, Matt Slauson, Nate Swift, Joe Ganz, Roy Helu Jr., Prince Amukamara, Jared Crick and Alfonzo Dennard.
Not bad company.
So here's some recognition for six under-the-radar recruits who could end up contributing early and often in the 2011 season and beyond.
Sources: Huskers.com, Rivals.com