Published Monday, April 22, 2013 AT 12:36 PM / Updated at 7:45 PM
Big, Fat Recruiting Update, April 22
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Time for another big, fat recruiting update!

The prospects are listed with name, height/weight, position, town/school and top schools involved.

After each recruiting service’s 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.


Monte Harrison 6-3/190, WR, Lee’s Summit (Mo.): NU, Ark, Mizzou, KU, KSU, MSU
247: 3/NR/85
247C: 3/587/76
Rivals: 3/NR/NR
Scout: 3/NR/71

Harrison is poised to make a big ratings jump after winning Offensive MVP honors over the weekend at a Rivals/Under Armour Camp in St. Louis. According to Rivals: “Harrison’s first step devastated defensive backs all afternoon. Often, he created significant separation within the first five yards. He caught more deep balls than any receiver at the event and the massive gaps he created in coverage made big plays look easy.”

Nebraska’s recruited Harrison harder than other schools since January. But the better Harrison does in these camp, the more attention he’ll grab from schools beyond Arkansas, Kansas State and Missouri. And, of course, he’s a good enough baseball player to go in the MLB Draft. Speaking of baseball…

Bubba Starling, 6-4/180, QB, Gardner (Kan.): Kansas City Royals (baseball)
ESPN: 4/115/7
Rivals: 4/119/6
Scout: 4/NR/10

Nebraska’s quarterback signee from 2011 is in the midst of his second full season of pro baseball. He’s at the Low A level, the South Atlantic League, playing for Lexington Legends. Starling’s off to a very slow start, hitting .156 with 26 strikeouts in 69 plate appearances. Starling’s prospect rank, according to Baseball America, dropped from No. 24 to No. 35. He’s still the Royals’ top prospect according to, but Starling has to flash over the next two summers to make it anywhere near AAA Omaha.

No, I’m not suggesting Starling’s headed back to college football necessarily soon. But his swing has to come around.

Mick Stoltenberg, 6-5/250, DT/DE, Gretna: Tulsa, Ohio
247: NR/NR/NR
247C: NR/NR/NR
Rivals: NR/NR/NR
Scout: NR/NR/NR

This sleeper prospect from the Class B Dragons may be worth an extended look for the Huskers. He performed well at the Rivals’ St. Louis camp, finishing No. 6 overall in Rivals’ ratings. Here’s part of the report:

Physically, Stoltenberg stands out even in a crowd of Division I defensive linemen. He is long with a well-developed frame and absolutely no bad weight. Stoltenberg ran at both defensive tackle and defensive end, showing explosiveness, agility and strength at the point of attack.”

So where’s Nebraska? Waiting for Stoltenberg to camp, most likely. NU may have investigate a bit sooner if offers start piling up.

Brandon Harris, 6-3/190, QB, Bossier City (La.): NU, Houston, Arkansas, LSU, A&M
247: 4/240/4
247C: 4/329/9
Rivals: 3/NR/11
Scout: 3/NR/23

Interesting development: Harris — who has quite an upside and may be the top NU QB target — does not have a LSU offer. New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron — who was fired from the Baltimore Ravens in the midst of a Super Bowl run — has to watch Harris throw first. Harris wants the offer — or, well, else.

“This is my deal,” he told “Not to sound arrogant or anything, but I’m not going to anybody’s camp that doesn’t offer me a scholarship. That could be time that I could spend at another school.”

LSU burned Nebraska signee Adam Taylor with the same hem-and-haw routine — although the Tigers had more of a reason with Taylor’s knee injury — and Cameron may or may not want a dual-threat quarterback. Then again, Cameron enjoyed the career of Antwaan Randle El while head coach at Indiana.

Christian McCaffrey, 6-0/195, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian: NU, Ore, Stan, ND, Mich, Ohio St, Wisky, Duke, UCLA, FSU
247: 4/243/5
247C: 4/171/3
Rivals: 4/195/3
Scout: 4/NR/13

The versatile athlete and son of former NFL WR Ed McCaffrey made a top ten Monday. Nebraska made the cut. He told Huskers Illustrated eight days ago that NU running backs coach Ron Brown has developed a strong bond, and the Huskers use their backs well.

“The way they use their running backs is an attractive thing to my eye,” McCaffrey told HI. “The atmosphere definitely looks like a good thing from what I’ve seen. I think it gets wild and crazy in that stadium. Also the academics are strong there.”

Gaelin Elmore, 6-5/240, TE, Somerset (Wis.): NU, Wisky, Minny
247: NR/NR/NR
247C: 3/687/23
Rivals: 3/NR/19
Scout: 3/NR/28

The Huskers and Badgers are entrenched, at least for now, in a pretty strong battle for the tight end. Elmore visited UW’s spring game, where he was told he’s the program’s No. 1 TE target. But Nebraska’s Barney Cotton made a trip to Somerset last week, so the Huskers aren’t conceding anything yet.

“I really like them,” Elmore told Huskers Illustrated. “I really like coach Bo Pelini. He’s a good guy and I like the idea of having coach Cotton as my position coach. I really like them all. They are really genuine too.”

D.J. Foster, 6-3/325, OG, Lincoln Southeast: NU, UGA, UF, Mizzou
247: 3/NR/34
247C: 3/506/28
Rivals: 4/NR/10
Scout: 3/NR/13

Long a top offensive line target of Nebraska’s, Foster offered up at a weekend Rivals camp the same interest in Alabama that he’s openly had for some time.

NU has plenty to offer Foster in terms of close relationships — his brother, Trey, plays tight end for the Huskers — and opportunity. But if the Crimson Tide offers, Nebraska can’t be what Alabama’s been in the last five years: A powerhouse that sends many OL to the NFL.

Peyton Newell, 6-3/280, DT, Hiawatha (Kan.): NU, S. Car, USC, OU, KSU, KU
247: 4/228/19
247C: 4/304/27
Rivals: 3/NR/11
Scout: 4//NR/21

Newell’s made the camp circuit a priority over the last 18 months or so, and when you do that, you can accumulate plenty of offers. Newell has more than 30. Nebraska, however, has probably developed the strongest relationship. He told Huskers Illustrated that NU offensive line coach John Garrison watched a recent track meet, and Nebraska’s used three coaches to stay in contact.

“I built a pretty good relationship with coach Bo Pelini,” Newell told HI. “It feels like I’m family. Every school says it’s a family atmosphere, but Nebraska is one of the schools I actually get that feeling at.”

T.V. Williams, 5-9/160, WR, McKinney (Texas): NU, Cal, Oregon St., TT
247: 3/NR/45
247C: 3/727/93
Rivals: 3/NR/NR
Scout: 3/NR/NR

Scout reports that offensive coordinator Tim Beck made the rounds last week. Williams — who canceled a visit for the spring game — wants to see NU this summer.

“I really want to check out Nebraska,” Williams said to Scout. “Everyone has been telling me about the facilities. I really want to get up there to check it out for myself.”

Kenric Young, 6-2/180, WR, Gainesville (Fla.): NU, WKU, Ohio, UCF, GT
247: 3/NR/146
247C: 3/NR/159
Rivals: 3/NR/NR
Scout: 3/NR/104

Young told Big Red Report that Nebraska’s in top five after the offer. To Rivals, he said selling his mom will be key. Young caught 32 passes for 567 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He’s a straight-line, fly-route type.

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