National letter of intent day has come and gone. Nebraska received commitments from 15 players who will receive scholarships and then 19 others who chose to walk on to the university.

The staff really stressed importance at the linebacker position where they three guys including Michael Rose, Thomas Brown and Jared Afalava. Rose will probably be the highlight of that group and one of the overall highlights of this recruiting class on the defensive side of the ball. I would have liked to see them signed more secondary players but they just didn’t get the guys to sign that they were after and that is how it goes in the recruiting game sometimes.

On offense, the group is led by wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp who turned down a late offer by Notre Dame and stuck with the Huskers. Westerkamp is a guy that Bo Pelini compares to Red Burkhead when he was coming out of high school. A big time player who could get playing time as a true freshman. Their was only one quarterback in this class and that is Tommy Armstrong from Arlington, Texas. Armstrong is another dual threat qb that can hurt you by passing or running the ball.

The one offensive linemen that impresses me is Paul Thurston from Colorado. This is a guy that I could see growing into an all conference linemen after a good year or two in the weight room and learning the speed of the college game.

It sucks to lose out on Andrus Peat. Many thought that he was Lincoln bound as his older brother Todd Peat is currently on the team and his cousin Avery Moss will be coming to Lincoln next year. Andrus chose Stanford however as they signed a exceptional offensive line class that includes three 5* players.

Overall the coaches missed out on some big time players that they weren’t able to lock up but they did do a good job keeping Westerkamp from Notre Dame and doing the best that they could with limited scholarships this year.

Complete 2012 Scholarship Class:
Jared Afalava LB 6-3 215
LeRoy Alexander ATH 6-2 190
Zaire Anderson LB 6-1 220 *junior college*
Tommy Armstrong QB 6-2 210
Thomas Brown LB 6-2 210
Sam Cotton TE 6-4 240
Imani Cross RB 6-1 220
Aaron Curry DT 6-3 275
Greg McMullen DE 6-5 255
Alonzo Moore ATH 6-2 170
Avery Moss DE 6-4 245
Michael Rose LB 6-0 230
Mohammed Seisay DB 6-2 200 *junior college*
Paul Thurston OL 6-5 275
Vincent Valentine DT 6-3 300
Jordan Westerkamp WR 6-2 195
Corey Whitaker OL 6-5 270

Complete 2012 Walk On Class:
Jared Blum DE/TE 6-4 230
Cole Chvatal WR 5-11 175
Carson Collins FB 5-10 220
Ross Dzuris DE/TE 6-3 225
Sam Foltz ATH 6-2 190
Trey Foster TE 6-2 230
Ryker Fyfe QB 6-3 195
Taylor Hoffman LB 6-0 200
Andy Janovich FB 6-1 215
Garret Johns OL 6-1 275
Spencer Lindsay PK 5-10 195
Mitch McCann LB 6-1 225
Graham Nabity RB 6-1 205
Jordan Nelson RB 5-8 175
Robby Painter OL 6-6 270
Brandon Reilly WR 6-2 180
Brad Simpson LB 6-0 195

 

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So I haven’t updated the site in a bit as you cam probably tell. I didn’t even feel like trying to come up with a game recap after that poor performance in the Holiday Bowl against Washington. Instead I walked 5ft to our home bra and drowned the sorrrows away until 3am with friends. Sure the next morning didn’t feel any better but I think I would have felt the same with alchol or no alcohol with that performance. But enough about that. What’s been happening in Husker Nation the past few weeks or so?

First off Shawn Watson and Ted Gilmore are still here and so is Taylor Martinez. That is a story in it self as many Husker fans wish that Watson would have landed a head coaching job just because he does not have the background to run the style of offense that Bo Pelini wants to run with Martinez under center. Gilmore has been a hot topic because of the lack of receivers growing in his system. Players do not seem to be progressing and the younger guys never seem to get into the game because they cannot block. Hmm receivers catch passes thrown to them, not block all of the time coach!

Martinez quickly released a statement (through is dad) that he is not transferring to another school and is looking forward to the upcoming season.

With T-Mart coming back, I really hope he puts the time in this off season to build a better relationship with the fellow players and coaching staff. A good off season for Taylor will be crucial for the Huskers and their first season in the Big 10 Conference.

One player who will not be back next year is running back Dontrayevous Robinson who has elected to transfer to Montana State. Robinson ran well up the middle in a i-back formation but with the zone read and spread type that the Huskers look at moving to, Robinson was just not fit for the new system.

The recruiting class is coming along even though players like Tevin Mitchell have decided to go else where and not keep their original commitment to Nebraska. That’s all part of the recruiting game and it happens to every school out there. You just hope that the coaches can close out this class with a few surprises instead of having plays go else where. We will have more on recruiting when national signing day comes.

Not really new information but my thoughts on where we are right now in Husker Nation. It will be an interesting off season no doubt and I can’t wait to get Big 10 conference play started!

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Nebraska has their tight end commitment for the 2011 class. Darien Bryant from Pickerington, Ohio accepted a scholarship offer from the Huskers and became the 19th verbal commitment for the Big Red. While his stats of 18 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown aren’t mind boggling, his 4.5 speed is what should get people excited. Look for Bryant to play similar to current Husker tight end Kyler Reed.

Bryant had a pretty good list of scholarship offers including North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia and Hawaii among others. Pretty good get and another player coming to Nebraska from Big10 country.

Welcome aboard Darien!


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The Nebraska football recruiting class for 2011 continues to grow larger as they received a verbal commitment from North Carolina kicker Niklas Sade on Wednesday. Niklas was named the second best kicker at a Las Vegas kicking camp and also kicked for the Nebraska coaching staff after he arrived late for the kicking camp in June. Sade says he is very accurate inside of 40 yards but did kick a 57 yard field goal in front of the coaching staff in Lincoln.

Sade has a very high ceiling at the kickers position. He was given a full ride scholarship by the coaching staff so they really like his potential. It’s not very often that a kicker earns a full ride before kicking in some games at the college level. Let’s all hope the 6 foot 3 inch Sade can come into Lincoln and take over for Alex Henery next year.

Also, with Sade committing, it looks like Adi Kunalic will not be using a redshirt this season like we have talked about in the past. Look for Adi to handle kickoffs and Alex to handle the field goal and punting duties.


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The Nebraska football and baseball teams received a big time verbal commitment over the weekend as highly rated quarterback and baseball player Bubba Starling committed to the university. Bubba will be a senior in Gardner, Kansas this upcoming season and is expected to be a top 5 round draft pick in the 2011 Major League draft. A lot of people think that Bubba will choose the MLB but he reported over the weekend that it would take a lot of money for him to chose baseball over Nebraska.

Starling was thought to be down to Nebraska and Notre Dame and he chose the Huskers over the Irish as Lincoln and the school felt like home. It helped out that his baseball team was playing at Haymarket Park and that will his future home while playing baseball as well. Starling also said that he is 100% done with the recruiting process and that he is not interested in any other schools.

Starling is the second 4-star dual-threat quarterback that has verbally committed to the 2011 signing class. Jamal Turner committed to Nebraska earlier on during the recruiting process. It will be fun to watch Turner and Starling battle it out and it will be interesting to see how the two do compared with other quarterbacks already on the roster. It’s safe to say however that the Huskers are set at the quarterback position for quite a while.


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The Nebraska coaching staff received a very surprising call on Tuesday night as Tevin Mitchel called to commit to the program without ever stepping foot on campus. Mitchel said his relationship with Tim beck and Bo Pelini sealed the deal for him and all the information he has found out about UNL and the city of Lincoln has been very positive and he plans on visiting campus over the Summer to see where he will be spending the next four or five years after he graduates in 2011.

Tevin is a Rivals 4 star player and also Top 250 player overall. He plays safety in high school but has been recruited as a cornerback for the Huskers. He picked Nebraska over offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Boise State, Purdue, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech and many others.

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Good morning Husker fans, today is the big day that a lot of people have been waiting for. From the coaching staff, the athletes, and yes even the fans, national signing day if a very big day. So will the Huskers get commitments from Brion Carnes, Corey Cooper and Owamagbe Odighizuwa to close out the 2010 class?

We will be updating this list through out the day when the faxes reach the athletic department!

So far the following student athletes have signed and fax their letter of intent to the University of Nebraska:

Harvey Jackson 6-2 185 lb defensive back from Missouri City, TX
Andrew Rodriguez 6-6 298 lb offensive linemen from Aurora, NE
Tyler Evans 6-2 180 lb athlete from Waverly, NE
Jake Cotton 6-7 275 defense end from Lincoln, NE
Brion Carnes 6-0 181 lb quarterback from Bradenton, FL
Mike Moudy 6-7 291 lb offensive linemen from Castle Rock, CO
Tobi Okuyomi 6-3 260 lb defensive end from Plymouth, MN
Kenny Bell 6-2 173 lb athlete from Boulder, CO
Braylon Heard 5-11 180 lb running back from Youngstown, OH
Donovan Vestal 6-5 240 lb defensive end from Arlington, TX
Bronson Marsh 6-0 200 lb athlete/quarterback from Omaha, NE
Corey Cooper 6-2 203 lb defensive back from Maywood, IL
Lavonte David 6-1 214 lb linebacker from Fort Scott CC
Walker Ashburn 6-3 245 lb defensive end from River Ridge, LA
Quincy Enunwa 6-2 200 lb wide receiver from Moreno Valley, CA
Ciante Eveans 5-11 170 lb defensive back from Arlington, TX
Chase Harper 6-5 251 lb tight end from Corsicana, TX
Joshua Mitchell 5-11 165 lb defensive back from Corona, CA


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It is all good news this Thursday evening as we have learned that a speedy wide reciever from┬áLouisiana has verbally committed to the University of Nebraska. Curtis Carter a 5’10 wideout from Stonewall, LA took his official visit to Lincoln last weekend when the Huskers lost to Texas Tech but the loss sure didn’t hamper his experience and everything that Nebraska had to offer.

I was reading a message board tonight when Curtis’s father posted “Very good news coming soon” and I knew right away that Curtis picked the Huskers. He also had offers from Alabama, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Missouri and TCU. One reason he said that he decided to pull the trigger was quarterback commit Tyler Gabbert. He had been texting back and forth with Tyler through the week and when Tyler assured him that he would be coming to Lincoln, Curtis decided to call the coaches and give them his pledge.

Carter is a very speedy wide out that can really spread the field for the Huskers. It will be exciting to see him in Husker red and see what he can do out on the field!


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Anterio Sloan announced Sunday afternoon that he was opening up the recruiting process once again. Sloan said that he is no longer a Husker commit and is getting a lot of attention from three particular SEC teams. Auburn, Kentucky and Mississippi State have been sending Sloan a lot of mail and really showing him a lot of attention where as it seems the Husker coaching staff has really slowed down on sending him mail.

Sloan is a pretty good corner back that I would like to see where a Husker jersey. He is the 21st rated corner back in the country on Rivals. Sloan has said that the Huskers are still in his top four so hopefully he will still make a trip to Lincoln and check out the campus and take in a game.


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The Nebraska Cornhuskers received a verbal commitment from Donovan Vestal on Saturday as Vestal announced his college decision on the day of his birthday. Vestal is a defensive end from Arlington, Texas and is the first commitment in the 2010 class from the state of Texas.

Vestal said that he struck up a big relationship with coach Beck and coach Papuchis which played a big role in his commitment.

Vestal chose the Huskers over scholarship offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Rice, SMU, and UTEP.


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