Published Friday, November 18, 2011 AT 11:57 AM / Updated at 5:15 PM
Recruiting: Two DE prospects warm to Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Maybe you’ve heard: Nebraska’s on the hunt for defensive ends in that 2012 recruiting class.

Two more targets — both from out West — are rolling into town for the Huskers’ game vs. Iowa. Huskers Illustrated — a recruiting partner with The World-Herald — has done a terrific job of tracking the goods on both.

Nate Iese, 6-4, 245, Sheldon (Calif.) High School

NU’s looking at three different positions for this late-bloomer — tight end, defensive end and maybe even linebacker. Iese has 522 receiving yards and 50 tackles this year, and is intrigued by the Huskers’ ability to put defensive players in the NFL.

“They had been one of the schools I had been waiting on to offer for awhile, when they offered I was really excited,” Iese told Huskers Illustrated. “I automatically saved a spot for them to take a visit.”

Iese’s coach, Josh Crabtree, said his player “doesn’t have an ounce of fat on him” and has room to grow.

“I jokingly tell people he’s a genetics lottery ticket winner and everybody can see it,” Crabtree said.

Iese’s top five is Nevada, NU, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington.

Avery Moss, 6-4, 245, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol

He’s part of the potential “Peat Pipeline” started when Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini landed Todd Peat, Jr. last year. Moss is a cousin of Todd and Andrus Peat, the nation’s top offensive tackle recruit. Ron Brown is handling the recruiting of Moss, whose initial love was basketball.

“I can tell he’s a strong Christian,” Moss said. “That’s another thing that eases my mind about going to Nebraska.”

Moss has a strong offer list — Arizona, Arizona State, Purdue, Stanford, Washington and Washington State — so plucking him from the area won’t be easy. It wasn’t for Peat, either, though.

“It’s definitely a long way away,” Moss said. “But I talked with my parents about it, and they would be alright with me going that far away knowing that I have family there.”

If the Sun Devils were to lose three top prospects in their backyard to Nebraska — it’d be some coup for the Huskers.

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  1. HuskerNLawrence says:

    Sweet, we need some guys that have some talent and desire to hit someone coming in to our D. Hope they both come to NU!

  2. TNHusker says:

    Sad how after 2 big home game, no recruits committed…you would at least have one already.

  3. MarblingIsGood says:

    Nothing sad about no recruits committing. Most recruits NU is offering have many offers and probably won’t decide til late in the game. It just proves the quality of athlete that NU is after.

  4. Scottsdale Husker says:

    All I can say is…..I don’t care how big these recruits are or how strong they are. What matters is how athletic and what sort of natural football abilities and speed these guys have. I’m tired of seeing our Defensive Ends get pushed around or totally get juked so bad by a scrambling QB. Every time we face a QB that can scramble…NU has not been able to chase them down or they get juked and runs inside and loses contain allowing the QB to get that first down. I’ve seen it over and over for the last ten years.

    The NU staff needs to recruit SEC speed for the D-Line and Linebackers.

  5. huskerj says:

    With the three interior offensive linemen, fullback, safety, nickleback and punter/placekicker, all walkons and all starting for the Huskers, I believe Bo and staff need improvement. At least with the line………… please bring in more Nebraska boys, who we know have the heart to play for DONU.

    And why recruit the third best option quarterback in the Nation, only to convert him to wide receive, burn a redshirt, and not play him?

    1. ed says:

      So he can transfer at the end of the year.