LINCOLN, Neb. - Sometimes negativity is justified. But as internet message boards and social media grow, with more and more generations spouting off their opinions, often negativity is unwarranted and downright ill-informed.
Take for instance the topic of Nebraska's 2013 recruiting class. Doubters of the direction of the Nebraska program will say the class is lacking true star power, and once again the Huskers are needing to fill many spots over the last two months.
Their views and opinions are then snowballed into "the class is mediocre."
I'm saying that is far from the truth.
The Huskers currently sit No. 18 in the country in the latest FOX Sports NEXT team rankings. Their rank is even higher when breaking down the quality of recruits they are bringing in.
As things stand right now, the Huskers have nine more spots left to fill after the commitment of Ohio defensive tackle Antoine Miles last week.
When looking at the class, Nebraska only has one high school player not ranked at their position and below a three-star rating. But can you really count a long snapper? A long snapper who is often regarded as one of the best two in American in the 2013 class.
I'm going to just flat out say it. Nebraska fans need to be excited about this year's crop of talent currently committed to the program. It's on pace to be Bo Pelini's highest rated class.
Pundits would argue with two months left in the recruiting calendar, it's still too early to judge the class. Maybe they are right. But let's get one thing cleared up. There is a perception, especially on the message boards, Pelini and crew never finish strong when it comes to their recruiting classes. I'm telling you it's just not true.
Now back to the coaching staff never finishing strong. It's a topic that usually has me scratching my head?
At this point last year, Nebraska only had eight commitments (seven counting Jordan Westerkamp's soft verbal). It was a scary time for recruitniks. But over the last two months, Pelini and crew added: two high school All-Americans (Avery Moss and Jared Afalava), running back Imani Cross - who scored seven touchdowns this year, a junior college cornerback named Mohammed Seisay, defensive tackles Aaron Curry (No. 22 in the country) and Vincent Valentine (offers from Florida, Michigan, and Wisconsin), and Alonzo Moore (SEC offers).
The 2011 finish was similar, adding a high school All-American defensive tackle, running back Ameer Abdullah, junior college defensive end Joe Carter – who was coveted by many schools, and one of the best kicker/punter combos in the country.
Who might be a guy we add to the list down the road? Could it be four-star junior college tight end Beau Sandland? How about four-star running back Terrell Newby? Maybe it will be five-star safety Priest Willis?
There are way too many prospects still left on the board, considering Nebraska, to say this year's 2013 class will be "mediocre."
If a few things fall right, Nebraska will have a Top 15 class when it's all said and done. You can win conference championships with classes like that.