As Harvey Sees It: The 2013 top 10
D.J. Singleton
D.J. Singleton

Posted Feb 4, 2013


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

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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.

Now it's publisher Josh Harvey's turn to rank the class.

No. Name/school Comment
1.)
Randy Gregory
Arizona Western JC
You don't even need a few minutes when watching Randy Gregory's highlight film to realize the Huskers are getting a talented player off the edge, with speed that will even give Big Ten offensive tackles trouble. What makes the prospect promising isn't just his ability to get to the quarterback. He's also very solid on run defense, showing the abilty to plug a hole at the line of scrimmage or get to the opposite sideline. Throw in the facts Nebraska needs a defensive end in 2013 and that Gregory has three years to play and he's your top incoming player.
2.)
Matt Finnin
College of Dupage (JC)
Despite being 6-foot-7 and over 300 pounds, Finnin moves very well and is often seen downfield trying to open things up on long run plays. The offensive lineman has bounced around a lot in the last few years, so hopefully some stability will help his development. With likely three years to play, Finnin could end up playing a lot of snaps for Nebraska during his career. He's not a guy I expect to start right away in 2013, but don't be surprised to see him in the lineup later in the year.
3.)
D.J. Singleton
St. Peters Prep (NJ)
Singleton wasn't just a good safety coming out of high school, he was an All-American and a four-star prospect. With his size and physcality, it's not of the question he could play a hybrid-linebacker at some point in his career. He was labeled a better run stopper out of high school than a defender of the pass, but he's more than serviceable downfield. Players like Braylon Heard and Charles Jackson have made the transition from a year off work, and we expect Singleton to do the same.
4.)
Terrell Newby
Chaminade (CA)
Nebraska fans gush over sophomore wide receiver Jamal Turner's ability to make plays with the ball in his hands – Newby is even a bigger home run threat. He's not going to carry a defensive end and linebacker downfield on his back, but he's not afraid of contact and has the speed to run away from anyone. The Husker coaching staff will find a way to get him on the field next year.
5.)
A.J. Natter
Milton HS (WI)
Natter has the frame to add a lot of weight at the next level and appears very serious about playing next season – increasing his weight, bench, and speed this offseason. Considering the Huskers picked the senior out of Wisconsin's backyard only makes the commitment better. Natter has an intensity when he plays and should be a true strongside defensive end. Don't be surprised if he gets reps in 2013.
6.)
Josh Banderas
Lincoln SW HS (NE)
An All-American linebacker, there was never much doubt Banderas would sign with Nebraska, but just imagine if the Huskers would have lost him somehow? The LSW product probably had the intangibles to play for the Huskers this season and expect him in the mix in 2013. Banderas will become a fan favorite when Nebraska plays wide open offenses, because has the ability to play the entire field.
7.)
Maliek Collins
Center HS (MO)
Unlike the junior college prospects Nebraska was chasing, Collins will likely not be ready to contribute at defenisve tackle in 2013, but shows he has the tools to be a starter down the road. The difference in his film between his junior and senior year is quite noticable, as the 285 pounder shows the ability to constantly be in the backfield. The four-star prospect should be able to pack on some weight in year one. Collins shows tremendous footwork, which shouldn't be surprising considering he's an excellent wrestler.
8.)
Adam Taylor
Katy HS (TX)
In most years, Taylor would have been a top three pickup, but with the running back stable looking pretty solid (even without Heard) and Terrell Newby in the mix, Taylor isn't quite as big of a deal. That said, don't be surprised if he's a 1,200 yard rusher in a couple seasons. He's got sneaky speed and likes to run over people – arm tackles and cornerbacks just won't get it done against him.
9.)
Marcus Newby
Quince Orchard HS (MD)
A very humble player, Newby doesn't seek attention, which kept his name out of the headlines probably more than it should have. Newby had a very impressive offer list and is the type of linebacker who can bring a crowd to their feet with one big hit or stop. He was an all-American in 2012 rightfully so. The Nebraska coaches work in the east coast paid off with this one.
10.)
Gabriel Miller
Penn HS (IN)
People will think I'm crazy putting a long snapper in the top ten before a four-star quarterback, a pair of talented tight ends, an All-American offensive lineman, or a kid from Canada, but Miller's name will hardly come up again after NSD. It's a good thing. You don't want to know the name of your long snapper and Miller, the nation's No. 2 player in that category, shouldn't give you many reasons over the next four years (likely starting all four) to do that.


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