Finding a quarterback recruit for 2013 was, by far, the Huskers’ top objective this summer, so securing a commitment from Johnny Stanton shouldn’t be understated. It’s a big victory for the NU coaching staff.
Stanton’s the nation’s 11th-best dual-threat QB, according to 247Sports. And he’ll be one of 25 high school signal callers participating in the final Elite 11 quarterback camp later this month.
More on Stanton is here. Feel free to analyze his footwork and throwing mechanics in this Elite 11 regional camp video. For what it’s worth, Stanton said he plans to help Nebraska recruit California talent from this point forward (Our recruiting partner, Huskers Illustrated, has the story).
Stanton’s the most important 2013 prospect in NU’s class so far. Hard to argue that.
But now what? The 2013 group, which includes 13 known members, is only half-complete.
What — or who — becomes priority No. 1 for Nebraska going forward? This certainly can be debated (so leave your comments below), but here are three positions that will likely receive heavy attention as Husker coaches continue to court prospects…
Rex Burkhead leaves after 2012 and Aaron Green transferred this spring, leaving just three scholarship tailbacks — four if you include an apparently versatile fullback, junior Mike Marrow. Fact is, Nebraska needs ball carriers. San Diego prospect Pierre Cormier (5-10, 180; rating of 91 by 247Sports) has the Huskers in his top three, along with Boise State and Arizona. Terrell Newby (5-10, 185; rated 87), out of West Hills, Calif., will visit Nebraska this fall.
Nebraska will lose four seniors, though numbers aren’t necessarily the issue up front. Bo Pelini’s defensive scheme requires some playmaking ability — some star-power, some athleticism, some game-changing talent. The Huskers are in the top three for Upland, Calif., DE Joe Mathis (6-4, 250; rated 92). Hutchinson junior college DT Toby Johnson (6-4, 310; unrated) is interested, but hasn’t made it to campus yet. Eddie Vanderdoes (6-4, 302; rated 96), from Auburn, Calif., has plans to take an official visit to Nebraska.
WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END
Tight end’s probably more of a concern at this point, since Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed will both receive the bulk of the snaps at that spot and both exhaust their eligibility this fall. Pierce College’s Beau Sandland (6-5, 250; unrated) appears to be NU’s No. 1 TE target. At receiver, watch out for Torii Hunter Jr. (6-2, 170; rated 90). The Prosper, Texas, recruit’s stock is rising after being named MVP at the The Opening camp in Oregon last weekend (a CBSSports.com blog has more).