Plenty to cover as Nebraska heads into a big official visitor weekend. Let’s get to it. We’ll go prospect by prospect. First, here’s where, right now, Nebraska’s recruiting rankings stand:
247Sports Composite: 23
It’s worth noting that Rivals does not count D.J. Singleton in the 2013 class, even though he enrolled at the same time as David Knevel and Courtney Love.
Now to the prospects, listed with name, height/weight, position, town/school and top schools involved.
After each recruiting services designation (247: 247Sports; 247C: 247Sports Composite ranking; R: Rivals; S: Scout; E: ESPN), 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.
Terrell Newby, 5-10/185, RB, Los Angeles Chaminade: Nebraska, UCLA
Newby will pick between the Huskers and UCLA Wednesday (today) at 3:30 p.m. NU’s put in more work to get Newby, while UCLA is the hometown school.
Newby ran for 2,305 yards and 45 touchdowns this year — his second straight 2,000-yard season at Chaminade. Nebraska could use him in a variety of ways — runner, returner, receiver — he’d be the Huskers’ top recruit if he commits. I like Nebraska’s chances here.
Brandon Vandenburg, 6-6/260, TE, College of the Desert (Calif.): Tennessee, Arkansas, Vanderbilt
Nebraska was looking for a junior-college tight end, and Vandenburg was set to take a visit. Apparently not now, as Vandenburg himself reported on Twitter that offensive coordinator Tim Beck called him and said Nebraska was not longer looking for a JUCO TE. Vandenburg wasn’t particularly happy about it — “This was less than 3 days before my visit. I find that unorganized and uncalled for, and honestly not the way to recruit or run a program. ” — but if Nebraska lost interest, it lost interest. Better that the kid not go on a trip under false pretenses.
Cethan Carter, 6-4/240, TE, Metairie (La.) Rummel: Neb, LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette
S: 3/NR/7 (at FB)
So far as we know, Carter’s still making the visit, and he might be the guy that Nebraska’s excited about despite pedestrian rankings. Carter has only a grayshirt offer to LSU — that means he’d enroll next January, or perhaps toil as a redshirt before getting a scholarship — so he’s looking at other options. This is a player that Terry Joseph uncovered.
It does leave NU, apparently, without a mature option at tight end beyond Jake Long, who will be a senior. Long’s not a bad player. He is not, though, Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed combined.
James Clark, 5-11/170, WR, New Smyrna Beach (Fla.): Neb, Fla, Clemson, Texas, NW
When a guy catches 49 passes for 1,112 yards and eight touchdowns, yeah, he’s going to get some late attention from schools in the South. Florida and Clemson came on Clark late, but they’re in play for his commit, even if Nebraska still secured a visit this weekend. He runs a 10.4 100-meter dash. He’s a shorter, longer-striding version of Kenny Bell, Jr.
Quincy Adeboyejo, 6-3/175, WR, Cedar Hill (Texas): NU, ASU, UCLA, Texas Tech, TCU
Adeboyejo originally committed to Texas A&M, whose class swelled to 35 and included several top wide receivers. So Adeboyejo’s looking for a new home, and he’ll visit Nebraska Jan. 11.
“I run really great routes and that’s what I pride myself on,” he told Huskers Illustrated. “I block down field and that’s a big thing for a receiver by helping the running backs. I take pride in that. I’m real fast. A lot of guys that are 6-foot-3 can’t run that fast.”
He caught 91 passes for 1,265 yards and 17 touchdowns. His quarterback was former Nebraska target Damion Hobbs, who committed instead to Arkansas State.
Ernest Suttles, 6-5/240, DE, Tampa (Fla.) Gaither: Iowa State, Nebraska, South Florida
The Cyclone commit will take an official visit to Nebraska this weekend after Husker defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski extended the offer late last week.
“I would say that my best traits are my aggressiveness, my relentlessness to the quarterback, and I guess you would say being a verbal leader,” Suttles told HuskerOnline.com. “In high school I was looked at as a leader, and I plan to bring that to the college level as well.”
Suttles has played just two years of high school football. He told HOL he had 88 tackles and 12 sacks last year. Iowa State has a good defensive staff and an eye for finding talent, especially in Florida. Nebraska’s wise to make a move here.
Boaz Joseph, 6-1/190, DB, Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay: Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin, Kentucky
Joseph will make his official visit on Saturday, too. I think Husker coaches expect a commitment, but we’ll see. Purdue has been the school most after Joseph, who probably needs a year in the weight room to build on his frame. Look for Kentucky to make a play, too. Joseph is a project.
Dan Samuelson, 6-5/280, OG, Plymouth, Ind: Nebraska, Michigan
S: 4/NA/25 (at OT)
Samuelson is technically still a Husker commit. But Michigan’s put enough of a push on the kid to get back in the picture. Samuelson will now announce his final decision Jan. 14 on Twitter.