Nebraska Football 2011: Recruiting Update

Joseph CiracoCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2011

Recruiting has been a problem for Nebraska
Recruiting has been a problem for NebraskaEric Francis/Getty Images

Nebraska just doesn't get it. They really don't.

I've been a big supporter of Bo Pelini since the day he was hired, but he still refuses to take recruiting serious. Unfortunately, we will see the consequences of that, and I doubt any of you will be happy.

Jordan Westerkamp is one of our best current commits. Notre Dame is now knocking on the door, and we should be very worried.

Westerkamp is talking about possibly seeing Notre Dame this weekend, and if we have any chance to keep this talented wide receiver, Bo Pelini and John Papuchis will need an excellent in-home visit tomorrow night.  This is one kid we cannot afford to lose.

Mohammed Seisay is the JUCO cornerback that we desperately need, but despite a continued push, Seisay has continued to look at other programs.  It appears that he will decide between Arkansas and Nebraska, but it now seems he's visiting Mississippi this week.  This would be a huge loss if he signed elsewhere.

Ronnie Stanley was one of the few offensive line targets that Nebraska was still pursuing, and last night he committed to Notre Dame.  I think Stanley has a lot of potential and would have liked to snag his commitment, but this loss will be eased if we can land Andrus Peat.

Jared Afalava is one recruit who appears to have Nebraska in the lead, especially since he has no visits scheduled following the one to Lincoln this weekend.  This very talented linebacker out of Utah would be a very nice addition to an already-solid class at linebacker.

Jordan Diggs appears to be torn between South Carolina and Nebraska, and I'm not as confident about Diggs now as I was a few weeks ago.  Diggs is the kind of defensive back that we need to stockpile, but I'm not sure he'll pick Nebraska on January 7. 

Nate Iese is a current TE who projects as a DE that Nebraska seems to be pushing for, and I like our chances right now.  At 6'5" and 240 pounds, he appears to have the frame and athleticism to be an impact player for Nebraska—if we can land him.

Marcus Rios is another prospect that Notre Dame is inquiring about.  As of a few weeks ago, I felt our chances were very good, but with a possible weekend visit still being discussed, I'm not confident.  Rios would add much-needed talent to a questionable secondary. 

Quanzell Lambert is another linebacker who is strongly considering Nebraska, and I absolutely love his talent.  Lambert is currently down to three schools: Iowa, Rutgers and Nebraska.  This kid could be an instant impact player.

Avery Moss would be a great get for Nebraska, and I like our chances.  This talented Arizona defensive end is my top DE choice.  A decision appears to be looming, and I expect good news.

Torshiro Davis is visiting this weekend and is another very talented linebacker that Nebraska wants.  Currently, Davis is committed to LSU, but this trip obviously indicates his commitment might not be solid.  I'm very interested to see how this plays out.

Vincent Valentine is finally visiting Nebraska this weekend, so hopefully the wait will be worth it.  Valentine is a solid defensive tackle that would be a great addition to our interior defense.  I was skeptical he would ever visit, since he's had numerous cancelled visits.

Nebraska is in on a lot of very good kids, including Devon Fuller, Andrus Peat and Christian Powell.  While I give the coaching staff a lot of credit for the hard work lately, I really don't think Nebraska understands that recruiting is a full-year requirement.

It is really unacceptable that even though this recruiting class will have only 17 or so spots, Nebraska has just eight commits at the moment.  The staff needs to be working this hard all year long, including the regular season. 

Will this class end up strong? I believe Nebraska will land a few of the kids I talked about, but if we lose Westerkamp to Notre Dame, it will be a huge loss.  Westerkamp is still vastly underrated by rivals and has been a solid commit since May. 

Ohio State is on a huge run with Urban Meyer, and Michigan already has a top five class, so Pelini needs to push recruiting efforts even more.