Usually, ESPN’s recruiting rankings tend to be the least kind to Nebraska’s program. So something’s afoot for the 2014 class.
ESPN rates two of NU’s commits — Lincoln Southeast guard D.J. Foster and Apopka (Fla.) quarterback Zack Darlington — as four stars. ESPN is the only service among the major four — 247Sports, Rivals and Scout are the other three — to anoint any Husker recruits as four stars.
Additionally, ESPN rates Pflugerville (Texas) cornerback Trai Mosley as the No. 28 cornerback in the nation. That’s far higher than 247Sports, which has Mosley as the No. 103 corner in the nation and Rivals and Scout, which don’t have Mosley rated at all.
Here’s all of ESPN’s ratings for NU commits. Kicker Drew Brown doesn’t have one, but he’s generally considered among the top five kicker recruits in the nation.
ESPN’s recruiting website still lacks the depth and interactivity of the other three services. (I’m still unclear why ESPN, giant that it is, thinks it’s useful to keep some of its team recruiting data — not the stories, but data — under “Insider” lock and key). But, ESPN’s rankings and evaluations are consistently different than the other three.