Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012 AT 11:39 AM / Updated at 10:01 PM
Big Fat, Recruiting Update, Aug. 29
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Before the update, a quick thought on Nebraska quarterback commit Johnny Stanton (Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic), who started his senior year on ESPN2.

Santa Margarita beat Phoenix Brophy Prep 27-14. The game wasn’t that close — Santa Margarita was so much bigger than Brophy up front that “mismatch” is the only way to describe it — and Stanton threw for 208 yards, rushed for 99 and accounted for four touchdowns. He threw two interceptions, too.

Santa Margarita’s offense is a puzzler. Stanton works under center in a four-receiver, one-back set that looks a lot like old the run-and-shoot offenses you saw in college and the NFL 20-25 years ago. A lot of quick-hit sweeps and tosses, a handful of spare-looking option plays, and a lot of Stanton throwing in three-and-five-step drops. It’s old-school spread. None of the Urban Meyer/Rich Rodriguez/Dana Holgerson stuff that’s worked so well in recent years.

Many of Stanton’s carries were quarterback plunges behind a giant offensive line, or draw plays as Brophy tried to pin its ears back and run around said offensive line. He took big hits. He got up. He took more big hits. He fumbled a few times from the sheer pounding.

As a passer, Stanton’s very good on the run. When he’s outside the pocket, he finds receivers downfield and delivers on target. In the pocket, he’ll tuck the ball behind his ear too far sometimes, which leads to a kind of “fling” release. He’s prone to overthrows. But he can put smoke on the ball, as evidenced by a sharp fourth-down pass for a touchdown right before halftime. Stanton made the right read immediately, didn’t hesitate to throw the ball before the receiver turned, and put it in a place where only the receiver could catch it. It wasn’t an easy catch, no, but it kept the receiver away from getting blown up by any Brophy defenders.

Early verdict: Stanton’s good despite what I’d call the limitations of the offensive design. I understand Santa Margarita is one of the best teams in the nation. But, based on the game, that’s more about the terrific personnel on the offensive and defensive lines — and Stanton’s raw ability — than it is about the playcalling. Stanton has room to grow.

Here’s another big, fat recruiting update.

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.


Corey Clement, 5-11/205, RB, Glassboro, N.J: Pitt commit, Wis, NU official visit (Sept. 1)

247: 4/NR/19

247C: 4/253/16

R: 3/NR/27

S: 4/NR/27

E: 4/194/17

This compact, tough-minded running committed to Pittsburgh June 16. Now he’s he’ll take a visit to NU Saturday and Wisconsin later this fall. Clement told Huskers Illustrated he was swayed by running backs coach Ron Brown and recruiting coordinator Ross Els — who handles New Jersey — to make the trip to Lincoln.

“Coach Brown told me he wants to get me out to Nebraska to really see what the program is all about,” Clement said. “He’s a cool, down to earth guy, who really knows what he’s talking about with football. When we talk — and the same with coach Els — they don’t bring up football much. That comes second to talking about my family and I. They are good people.”

Delton Williams, 6-2/205, ATH, Erie (Pa.) Cathedral: NU, Mich St, WVU

247: 3/NR/71

247C: 3/699/64

R: 3/NR/19

S: 3/NR/47

E: 4/NR/43

The two-way star for Cathedral has long had Nebraska on his short list because Husker defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski is an alum of Williams’ high school. Though it appeared Williams — probably a safety/running back look for NU — may visit this weekend, it’s unclear whether he will.

“I’m taking a visit officially to Nebraska soon after my first game on Friday,” he told Rivals. “I’m trying to get down to one of their games. I’m looking to take an official to West Virginia soon too. After that, I’ll probably go to Michigan State. I want to make sure I visit those three before I go anywhere else.”

Torii Hunter, Jr, 6-1/175, WR, Prosper (Texas): Ala, Ark, ND, OSU, NU

247: 4/231/26

247C: 4/267/36

R: 4/246/35

S: 3/NR/44

E: 4/50/8

Big victory here: Nebraska will get an official visit from the fast-rising (and fleet-footed) wide receiver who is the son of Major League Baseball star Torii Hunter. Torii Hunter, Jr., already made an unofficial visit during the summer. That he wants to come back for the Sept. 29 Wisconsin game suggests he saw enough to put NU in his top group for consideration.

“They focus on making better men, better husbands, better dads and everything,” Hunter told HI about NU. “Nebraska really wants to make sure everyone becomes a better person as well as a better football player overall. That really stood out.”

Other visits: Arkansas (Sept. 15) and Notre Dame (Sept. 22). Alabama and Texas are in the mix, too.

Dominic Walker, 6-2/195, WR, Orlando (Fla.) Evans, Vandy commit, NU, Cincy, FSU, A&M

247: 3/NR/131

247C: 3/513/67

R: 3/NR/52

S: 3/NR/57

E: 4/233/25

Is Vanderbilt playing hardball? Vanderbilt? It would appear so, as this Commodore commit wants to look around, but Vandy coach James Franklin isn’t too keen on it.

“I’m not sure if I’m still going to take the visits because I know they don’t want me to take visits,” he told 247 Sports. “Before I committed there, I said I was going to take official visits so now I’m trying to figure out if I’m actually going to do that.”

Husker offensive coach Tim Beck certainly wants Walker to make the trip for the Wisconsin game.

“I’m going just because I was talking to Coach Beck and he thought that I would enjoy it if I went up there for a visit, so I’m going to take that chance and go up there to see how it is,” Walker told HuskerOnline.

Aaron Cochran 6-8/365, OT, Atwater, Calif.: Cal, NU, OU, ND, UCLA

247: 3/NR/33

247C: 3/433/43

R: 3/NR/57

S: 3/NR/62

E: 4/NR/24

The giant tackle prospect told HuskerOnline he’s taking visits to Cal, UCLA, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

About Sam McKewon

Sam McKewon covers Nebraska football for The World-Herald. Got a tip, question or rant? Good. Email him at And follow him on Twitter at @swmckewonOWH. And call him at 402.219.3790.


  1. george says:

    since the wh change its approach to viewing blog postings to charge it-then read , i find it refreshing to be able to comment about nu football and basketball. other blog posting usually are not in as much depth as wh. we buy the sunday wh usually for the add coupons and sports pages so we get some sports information. my wife and i enjoy information on nu recruiting. go huskers.

  2. Waskel Wabbit says:

    Slow news day

  3. RJ says:

    Good stuff as usual sir. Sounds like the staff is in on some good prospects. I love hearing the kids talk about what stands out at NU besides tradition and facilities…the family atmosphere standing out, academics, becoming better men, etc and how the coaches stress those bigger picture types of things.

  4. Stephen Johnson says:


    As always, I appreciate your insight and detailed description of the players and other issues.