Here’s another big, fat recruiting update. Check out my recruiting column from Tuesday, too.
From this point forward, you’ll see prospects with a variety of recruiting service rankings. Here’s the key:
Name, Ht/Wt, Pos, Town/School: Top schools involved
- 247: 247Sports
- 247C: 247Sports Composite ranking
- R: Rivals
- S: Scout
- E: ESPN
After each designation, you’ll see numbers. Here’s the key for those:
Star ranking/National ranking/Position Ranking
An “NR” means they’re not ranked at this time. A bolded ranking denotes the prospect’s highest evaluation. An italicized ranking denotes the prospect’s lowest evaluation.
Aaron Cochran 6-8/365, OT, Atwater, Calif.: Cal, NU, OU, ND, Fresno
Befitting of his size, Cochran has taken the recruiting process slowly, he told Huskers Illustrated. He’s talked to NU offensive line coach Barney Cotton some on Facebook, and is just now considering where to take his official visits. Atwater is in Northern California, two hours from the Bay Area, so Cal and Stanford will be significant teams to challenge. Aaron’s brother, Matt, is a center at Cal.
But Nebraska is low, low, low on offensive tackles at this point. So a guy like Cochran — who has to be one the biggest players the Huskers have ever recruited — is intriguing. He’s a run-blocking right tackle, most likely.
“I like the Midwest area,” he told HI. “I like the history the school has in football. It just seems really attractive to me. I want to check it out.”
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Kyle Shortridge 6-2/275, DT, Loxahatchee (Fla.) Seminole Ridge: NU, Wake, Boise, A&M, Wisky
The Huskers have an official visitor for the Southern Miss game, according to HuskerOnline. Shortridge looks like a late-riser, a redshirt candidate who could use a year of schooling under position coach Rick Kaczensk. He’s already decommitted from Wake Forest, so Shortridge could take his time during his second trip on the market.
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Dionte Taylor, 6-0/175, WR, Ft. Lauderdale University School: BC, NU, Cincy, Wake, Houston
The skinny slot receiver will visit NU for its Sept. 29 game vs. Wisconsin.
“It’s a night game and it’s prime time on ESPN,” Taylor told Huskers Illustrated. “It’s Nebraska against another Big Ten school that was recruiting me. The game is on my birthday.”
His highlight video shows a willing, aggressive blocker. A Tim Marlowe type. His ranking appears affected by a 4.79-second 40-yard dash time, but several recruiting services are beginning to diminish the 40 times because players tend to inflate their speed.
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Terrell Newby, 5-10/185, RB, Los Angeles Chaminade: Cal, NU
The stud scatback is still looking to a Sept. 22 official visit while slowing down his recruiting process over the summer.
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Cornelius Elder 5-10/170, RB, Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth: OSU, NU, Mia, Vandy
A mid-major college basketball prospect but top-flight football prospect, Elder has taken his recruiting process slowly. He told 247Sports he’s not likely to commit in the fall and he may be looking at a school that allows him to play both.
But Nebraska is pursuing Elder hard.
“I know Nebraska has a good football tradition,” Elder told 247. “I’ve seen their facilities on video and it looks nice and I know they have some good coaches.
Between the two running backs, I’ll take Newby. Another Husker target, Pierre Cormier, committed to Arizona a few weeks ago.
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Taj Letman, 6-3/195, S, Holmes (Goodman, Miss.) C.C.: Ga, S. Ala, Baylor, La-Laf, NU, Pur
With Courtney Osborne, Daimion Stafford, P.J. Smith and Justin Blatchford graduating this year, NU’s depth at safety is thin; only Corey Cooper, Harvey Jackson and LeRoy Alexander will remain. So a JUCO safety makes sense, and Letman may be the guy who gives NU the hardest look.
“My strengths are my aggressiveness to the run, and my ability to play man at any time,” Letman told HuskerOnline. “I’m able to man up anybody. My goal for this season is to try to be an All-American.”
Georgia — which could sign up to 33 or 34 players in this class (yes, really) — will be tough to be beat if the Bulldogs want Letman that badly.