Tag Archives: Recruiting

Mad Chatter (special edition): The 5-Star Husker Recruiting History Quiz

Welcome to the Husker signing day quiz. Grab a sheet of paper and a pen (isn’t that how I started yesterday’s blog post, too?). Set aside a few minutes.

We have 25 questions about the 25 recruiting years preceding Bo Pelini. They’re guaranteed to educate, entertain and make you long for the hyperbole of Tom Osborne and hilarity of Frank Solich.

The answers will be at the bottom of today’s Chatter. Let’s begin.

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1. In reference to two in-state linemen signees in 1990, Tom Osborne said this:

“I think if you put (Player 1) in Chicago or Dallas — a guy that’s 6-5, 270, runs a 4.9 40 with a 30 ACT — he would have all the blue-chip marks, the asterisks …

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Mad Chatter: Hitting .400 is fine, but can Bo hit any home runs? Petteway to the NBA?

Ready for a recruiting lesson, Husker fans?

Grab a sheet of paper and a pen. Write down the 24 players who signed with Nebraska Wednesday. Close your eyes and cross out 14 random names. Don’t cheat. These are your future failures and big disappointments.

What’s going to happen to them, you ask? One won’t show up in August. Two will get kicked off the team. Three will quit because of injuries. Four will transfer. Four will find their brightest moments on the scout team/kickoff duty.

That leaves 10 names, right? If 10 out of 24 become important pieces in Bo Pelini’s program, the coach deserves a pat on the back. Seriously.

The two best Husker classes of the past decade were 2005 and ’07. Neither hit …

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Recruiting: Three-sport star Harrison still captivating those who know him best

The defensive line coach at Lee’s Summit West, sitting on the bleachers just after a basketball game ended Tuesday night, is trying to explain THE catch.

Most anyone who discusses Monte Harrison’s football talents mentions this.

So coach Limbo Parks starts refreshing the images in his mind.

You see, there was this lob ball … and the cornerback had position … but Harrison jumped … Parks trails off.

Then he has an idea. He looks out on the court and yells toward a few high schoolers gathering around the free-throw line.

“Hey! Your phone work in here?”

A kid nods his head, walks over and pulls his cell out of his pocket. He’s told to open his Hudl application. Go to the Kickapoo game. Toward …

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Recruiting: Louisiana receiver commits to Huskers

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s 2014 recruiting class can line up in five wides.

Glenn Irons, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound two-star slot receiver from New Orleans Edna Karr High School, became the fifth wideout commit for the Huskers’ class when he announced Saturday on Twitter he was verbally pledging his services to NU.

Irons, who is on his official visit this weekend, is the third Edna Karr player to commit for the 2014 cycle, joining wide receiver Jariah Tolbert and linebacker Jaevon Walton.

Irons had offers to Western Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama as well, but Nebraska will also view Irons as a kick/punt return specialist. Irons returned nine kicks for touchdowns …

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Recruiting: Cockrell, Keels officially sign with Huskers

Two junior college recruits for the 2014 class signed with Nebraska on Wednesday, the first day junior college prospects could sign with their respective schools.

Byerson Cockrell, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound cornerback from East Mississippi Community College and Joe Keels, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive end from Highland (Kan.) Community College, both signed letters of intent to play for the Huskers. Several recruiting services confirmed the news Wednesday afternoon.

Cockrell, a two- or three-star recruit according to different scouting services, will get a chance to compete for playing time in a thin Husker secondary. Two full-time starters (Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans) and one part-time starter (Andrew Green) all graduate after this season. Cockrell had 33 tackles, three interceptions and four pass breakups this year …

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Recruiting: Huskers get commitment from linebacker Jaevon Walton and juco receiver Robert Lockhart

Robert Lockhart, a receiver from Hinds (Miss.) Community College, became the third wideout in Nebraska’s 2014 class when he gave his verbal commitment to the team Saturday morning. The commitment was first reported by Huskers Illustrated.

Later on Saturday, New Orleans Edna Karr linebacker Jaevon Walton switched his commitment from Louisiana-Lafayette to Nebraska after visiting Lincoln for Nebraska’s win over Northwestern.

“I felt it was family oriented and I felt comfortable there,” Walton told HuskerOnline about switching to Nebraska. “I felt that I could make a major impact there.”

Walton, who is close with Nebraska tight end Cethan Carter, is a 6-foot, 230-pound MIKE or WILL linebacker. He also plays some on offense for Edna Karr and is the son of former Alabama defensive …

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Mad Chatter: Nebraska’s big game, Twitter debates, Class A playoffs

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We hit Peyton/the Chiefs, Bobby Bowden/Lou Holtz, Taylor Martinez/Joe Ganz, UNO/UNLV, Warriors/Thunder, Mike Trout/Miguel Cabrera, Omaha North/Grand Island and, of course, Twitter vs. me.

But first, we find out just how valuable that Hail Mary was. If Jordan Westerkamp catches the ball at the 1-yard line two weeks ago, Nebraska loses to Northwestern. And my guess is the Huskers would’ve lost at Michigan, too. And then Michigan State comes to town and, well, you get the picture.

Instead, somehow NU is 7-2 and one big win from the Legends driver’s seat. Might not sound like much to an outsider, but considering where Nebraska stood at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2, it’s a minor-miracle. Question …

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Recruiting: Two more official visitors for the weekend

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s official visit list of 2014 recruits grew by two Friday to include a high-profile quarterback out of Florida and a West Coast receiver currently committed to Washington.

Quinton Flowers, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound, three-star signal caller from Miami Jackson High School, will take his first official visit for the Huskers’ game against Southern Mississippi. Husker Online/Rivals was the first recruiting service to report the news.

“I don’t know what he doesn’t do well,” said Flowers’ high school coach, Antonio Brown, in an interview with The World-Herald. “If you put him at any skill position – offense or defense – he’d be one of the best.”

Flowers has offers from Alabama, Texas and other schools as an athlete. But he prefers quarterback, where …

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Mad Chatter, Sept. 6

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We hit Peyton Manning and Bill Belichick, Terry Pettit and Greg McDermott, Tiger’s swing and Murray’s temper. But first, the Husker defense.

In today’s World-Herald, I wrote about what it’s like to play your first college football game, as so many Husker defensive players did last week. One notable point I omitted came from Trev Alberts, who spoke of the contrast between him in 1989 and a freshman like Nate Gerry in 2013.

In ’89, Alberts came to Lincoln from an Iowa high school without a weight room. The freshmen started NU camp and Alberts had a hard time keeping up. A week later, the varsity showed up and it got even tougher.…

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Recruiting: In Newell, Nebraska gets DL building block

HIAWATHA, Kan. — It costs a little time to drive two hours through lovely southeastern Nebraska — Auburn, Verdon, Falls City — on your way to this town, home of NU’s latest 2014 commit, defensive tackle Peyton Newell. But it pays to have gone, in a sense, for this reason: Having seen Newell — legitimately 6-foot-2, a lean 275-280 pounds, big hands — just wait until Nebraska’s staff gets ahold of him.

Newell’s already strong — he benches 380 pounds, squats 605 and hang cleans 335 — but he can add mass and even more agility than he has. And as he better learns how to shed interior blockers instead of hauling-tail around offensive tackles, he has the potential to be excellent complement to a …

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