Published Thursday, February 6, 2014 AT 1:59 PM / Updated at 5:21 PM
By the numbers: Key facts and figures from Husker signing day
Big Red Today Omaha World-Herald

Signing day is a chance for fans to peek into the future and imagine what their team will be like in the years down the road or even further.

The Huskers are no exception. It’s a day filled with numbers of note — how many players signed (and when), height/weight stats, class rankings and walk-on counts.

Here’s a list of some of the key stats you may have missed on signing day:

650: Pounds that Tanner Farmer, the Huskers’ strongest incoming recruit, can squat. He benches 440 pounds.

312: Weight, in pounds, of NU’s largest recruit, D.J. Foster. The Lincoln Southeast product, a World-Herald Super Six selection, is the No. 1 prospect in the state according to

77: Height, in inches, of NU’s tallest scholarship recruit, Mick Stoltenberg. He’s 6-foot-5, for those of you who don’t like math. Walk-on Trent Ortmeier, an offensive lineman from West Point (Neb.) GACC, measures in at 6-foot-6.

66: Height, in inches, of NU’s shortest recruit, Larenzo Stewart. The shifty, 5-foot-6, 165-pound back runs the 100-meter dash in 10.56 seconds.

35: That’s where the four major recruiting services, on average, rank NU’s recruiting class nationally. That’s sixth in the 14-team Big Ten.

58: Combined touchdowns, including a combined 23 rushing scores, by quarterback recruits AJ Bush and Zack Darlington last season. Each accounted for 29 total touchdowns.

32: Where NU recruit Monte Harrison, a dual-sport athlete, ranks in’s list of top 50 draft prospects.

24: The number of scholarship players signed by the Huskers. NU was expected to sign in the 24 to 26 range.

18: Walk-ons signed by Nebraska.

16: Number of in-state walk-ons.

12: Number of years Kris Brown, a Husker legend, played in the NFL. His brother, Drew Brown, is a member of NU’s 2014 class and says he can kick connect from about 55 yards out.

10: Pro tips that the incoming recruits should take note of, as compiled by Tom Shatel (with the help of some former Huskers).

9: The number of recruits NU signed from the southeast. Three apiece from Florida and Louisiana, as well as one each from Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Blake McCLain, a signing-day defection from the class, was also from Florida. Missouri — now part of the Southeastern Conference footprint — produced two NU commits. Texas led all states with four recruits.

8: Number of recruits interviewed by Mike’l Severe, the host of The Bottom Line, on signing day. You can listen to each of the interviews here.

7: Number of walk-ons measuring in at 6-foot-4 or taller. Three are listed as shorter than 6-foot — all three of those recruits come in at 5-foot-11.

6: Number of commits NU landed from the Big Ten footprint — states in which a Big Ten school resides.

5: Where our writers rank NU’s recruiting class in the Big Ten.

4: Number of defensive ends in the class (if you count multi-positional Gretna product Mick Stoltenberg), where the Huskers were looking to add depth.

3: In-state scholarship recruits (Foster, Luke Gifford, Stoltenberg), the most since NU grabbed four in 2011.

2: Number of walk-ons from out-of-state: Westchester, N.Y., defensive lineman Dylan Owen and Rochester Hills, Mich., linebacker Jack Van Almen.

1: Number of coaches who joked about their cat being a key recruiting piece on signing day. We’re really just guessing on this one.