Munson's Thoughts: The 2013 top 10

Randy Gregory (Stewart Photography)

Big Red Report's Bryan Munson breaks down his top 10 commits in the Nebraska class.

With National Signing Day just two days away, Big Red Report is ranking the top ten 2013 commits.

It would be very simple to just look at player's rating and rank accordingly. But we are also factoring in variables such as: need, hype, and location.

First up, longtime recruiting reporter Bryan Munson's top ten.

No. Name/school Comment
1.)
Randy Gregory
Arizona Western JC
Nebraska graduates their top two defensive ends from the 2012 team and needed to reload with an immediate contributor in this class. Gregory is a player that the Huskers needs not just for the class, but for his skill set to rush the passer and defend the run. Watching highlights he works well in space in zone coverage not to mention his three years of eligibility.
2.)
Matt Finnin
College of Dupage (JC)
The Huskers had to get bigger at the edge of their offensive line, but those players had to be mobile and athletic. Finnin shows good pass pro skills and he is relentless, never stopping before the whistle. Like Gregory, additional value here is Finnin has likely three years of eligibility.
3.)
Terrell Newby
Chaminade (CA)
Nebraska needed a running back in this class and they got their No. 1 player on the board. By adding Newby to the current offensive weapons, Nebraska now has the speed to be lethal either on the football field or in a track meet.
4.)
Maliek Collins
Center HS (MO)
It was critical for Nebraska to find good sized, strong, and physical defensive tackles. They got one in Collins. Getting the Missouri product lessens the blow of missing out on multiple junior college players at the position. I like the fact that he's a wrestler and a standout two-way lineman in high school.
5.)
A.J. Natter
Milton HS (WI)
Getting a junior college defensive end was important to the class, but so was finding an elite high school player to mold and develop. Natter has amazing physical skills that could help him see the field early at Nebraska, but it's his motor that makes the difference.
6.)
D.J. Singleton
St. Peters Prep (NJ)
Out of high school Singleton was on Nebraska's radar and it seemed then that he could end up a Husker before he committed to Wisconsin. The former All-American missed academically though setting up another opportunity to be a Husker and giving the Nebraska a safety with WILL linebacker size who could figure into the Peso role immediately.
7.)
Cethan Carter
Rummel HS (LA)
Nebraska missed with their junior college tight end prospect trying to find that bigger body tight end which increased the importance of Carter in this class. Carter has good size and is an effective blocker lined up next to the tackle, but he also has soft hands, does a great job of securing the ball before turning up field and is a very good athlete for his size.
8.)
Adam Taylor
Katy HS (TX)
It would be a major mistake to overlook the second running back in the 2013 class because Taylor is a freight train. If Newby is lightning then Taylor is definitely thunder. Taylor is a one cut running back that doesn't shy away from contact and still has deceptive speed.
9.)
Johnny Stanton
Santa Margarita HS (CA)
It says a lot about this class when you put a 4-star, could have been the top Elite 11 quarterback in the nation, at No. 9 for me in this class. If you spoke to Stanton though he wouldn't want it any other way. He's a leader through and through who makes excellent decisions and is physically tough.
10.)
Josh Banderas
Lincoln SW HS (NE)
Nebraska has pulled in two very good, back-to-back classes at the linebacker positions. Banderas leads the group this year - a U.S. Army All-American. Banderas has the frame to put on additional weight to figure into the MIKE spot and has the athleticism to play the WILL, but I think that he would be a physical upgrade to the BUCK spot and he can play in space.

BigRedReport.com Recommended Stories


  • A total of 16 Nebraska defensive players received the iconic black practice jersey on Tuesday. Find out who. Plus, why is Josh Banderas (pictured) not wearing his?

  • Demornay Pierson-El has become a fan favorite barely half-way through his true freshman season at Nebraska. According to his high school coach the best is yet to come.

  • Head coach Bo Pelini questions whether relationships between news outlets and conferences is good for college football.

  • The Kansas City Chiefs aren't exactly known for their passing attack; however, Dr. Roto does have a man-crush on one KC receiver in Week 8. Dwayne Bowe (pictured above) has yet to score a touchdown or…

  • CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Wainstein report released on Wednesday provided insight into the NCAA’s reopening of its infractions case at North Carolina this summer and also highlighted potential academic…

Up Next


Tweets