Published Tuesday, January 15, 2013 AT 7:07 AM / Updated at 10:55 PM
Big, Fat Recruiting Update, Jan. 15
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

We’ll get to visit recaps and more updates quickly, but first a recap of Ernest Suttles’ switched commitment from Iowa State to Nebraska.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Suttles is another of NU’s late Florida finds, a prospect who had a strong enough senior season to start attracting attention from more schools than the Cyclones, whose staff has experience and savvy in determining defensive talent, especially in the state of Florida.

Though Suttles has only played organized football for two years, he show skills in his highlight film that Husker coaches want in their defensive linemen. He played more tackle than he did end for Gaither, which means he grew accustomed to stopping the run. He effectively uses his hands to control and then shed blockers. He had a strong first step upfield. He’s alert to plays coming back toward him.

Ideally, Nebraska’s pass rush and run defense works as a trap, with quarterbacks being forced to stay in a collapsing pocket and running backs influenced into the waiting arms of another defender. The ends can’t get turned and, unless the play calls for it, they can’t careen off the edge and create a escape route. Suttles appears to fit those NU strategies.

On to the update.

First, here’s where, right now, Nebraska’s recruiting rankings stand:

247Sports: 19
247Sports Composite: 17
ESPN: 26
Rivals: 19
Scout: 12

Better than last week, right? That’s the effect of Terrell Newby’s commit. Bagging big whales always matters to the recruiting services. It probably matters too much, frankly, but Newby is my No. 1 recruit of the class, too. And only Priest Willis’ commit, late in the year, could change that.

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.


Cethan Carter, 6-4/240, TE, Metairie (La.) Rummel: Neb, LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette

247: 3/NR/45
247C: 3/NA/46
R: 2/NR/NR
S: 3/NR/7 (at FB)

Carter visited Lincoln over the weekend and told Huskers Illustrated he was “really impressed” with the experience. His host: Wide receiver Alonzo Moore, who’s also from Louisiana. Carter also sat down with Husker offensive coordinator Tim Beck to watch film.

“We were watching how they’d use me as a tight end,” Carter told HI. “They showed me a lot of sets. They see me as a multiple guy, spread out at receiver, in the backfield, off the line of scrimmage. I like how (Beck) runs that offense. They spread the ball around with a mixture of run, pass and play-action.”

But he didn’t commit. That’s because he has an official visit to Lafayette Jan. 18 and to LSU — which has offered a grayshirt — on Jan. 25. Rummel coach Jay Roth told Husker Online that Arkansas and Alabama were interested in seeing Carter, as well. What those two schools do may force LSU’s hand. If one offers, look for the Tigers to offer. And look for Carter to be heading to Baton Rouge.

“He’s just versatile,” Roth told HO. “He’s a versatile player. He’s a tight end who can put his hand on the ground, he’s a great blocker, he can catch the football, and he can backup off the line and go in motion, be a fullback, catch balls out of the backfield. So he is just a very versatile player.”

Quincy Adeboyejo, 6-3/175, WR, Cedar Hill (Texas): NU, ASU, UCLA, Texas Tech, TCU

247: 3/NR/68
247C: 3/646/81
ESPN: 3/NR/80
Rivals: 3/NR/90
Scout: 3/NR/56

Adeboyejo had Nebraska at No. 5 heading into the weekend. He told all major recruiting services that NU’s now near the top of his list.

HI: ”That was a big thing because coach Beck is a genius when it comes to calling the plays. When I looked at Nebraska before their offense didn’t stand out to me until I got here and really looked at it. They run a really good offense.”

HO: “They really stressed academics and succeeding on and off of the football field. I know that if I sign with Nebraska I’d be taken care of. The facilities were also great, the best that I’ve ever seen.”

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Adeboyejo — a spread receiver from Cedar Hill who was hosted by NU quarterback Tommy Armstrong — has options. Plenty of them. He’ll visit Texas Tech Jan. 18, TCU Jan. 20 and Ole Miss Jan. 25. And there might be a visit to UCLA in there.

Jan. 15 update: Adeboyejo told Texas Tech’s Rivals site that the Red Raiders are still his leader, but his list changes now daily.

James Clark, 5-11/170, WR, New Smyrna Beach (Fla.): Neb, Fla, Clemson, Texas, NW

247: 4/178/21
247C: 3/646/76
R: 3/NA/74
S: 4/223/30
E: 4/NR/46

Like a lot of recruits, the slot receiver found his official visit to Lincoln last weekend surprising.

“I expected a lot of cornfields and cows,” Clark told HI. “It’s not what you expect because it’s a busy city, a college town.”

Clark was hosted by Jordan Westerkamp and Quincy Enunwa. He got to try on Ron Brown’s national championship ring. And he talked with wide receivers coach Rich Fisher.

Of all NU’s late visitors, Clark will be the toughest to reel in. He told HO that Ohio State’s now interested in offering, and he already has offers from Clemson, Florida, Texas and others.

Elijah Qualls, 6-1/290, DT/FB, Petaluma (Calif.) Case Grande: Wash, UCLA, Neb.

247: 4/96/8
247C: 4/117/10
R: 4/NR/23
S: 4/87/11
E: 4/117/12

Here’s one of the more interesting stories of the week. Qualls, a Washington commit, told all major recruiting services Monday he’d take a Feb. 1 visit to Nebraska, which has been recruiting him for a year.

“They’re always letting me know Nebraska is an option and that they want to get me out there for a visit,” he told HI. “I feel like I need to give them a chance. They’ve stuck with me after I committed to Washington, so I feel like the least I can do is give them a chance and see everything they have.”

By the end of Monday, his high school coach, Trent Herzog, had apparently stepped in and told Qualls to stop taking visits.

“I just went to him and I said, ‘Are you going to take any more trips?’, and he said, ‘I’m thinking about it. I talked to Nebraska last night and I’ve been talking to UCLA,’” Herzog told Scout. ”I just asked him, ‘Are you 100 percent committed to Washington?’, and he said, ‘Yes.’ So I told him, ‘Let’s not waste these guys’ time if all you’re doing is taking free trips.’”

This kneejerk speculation is that Qualls’ future defensive line coach at UW — well-known recruiter Tosh Lupoi — put pressure on Herzog to pressure Qualls.

Lupoi’s an aggressive recruiter; nobody argues that.

Should a high school coach prevent a kid from taking official visits he’s entitled to? No.

Qualls would be a late coup for Nebraska. We’ll see if he takes the visit.

We’ll have more later this week on the Jan. 18 visit weekend, which includes three offensive linemen: Matt Finnin, Chongo Kondolo and Dwayne Johnson.

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