Scout.com released their final major players rankings for the Class of 2014 on Wednesday. Multiple Nebraska prospects/commitments saw their rating climb – meaning the Huskers’ overall team recruiting ranking jumped as well.
The biggest winner on Wednesday was Lincoln Southeast (NE) product D.J. Foster. Fresh off a very solid performance during Semper Fi All-American week, the guard jumped from a three-star prospect to a four. He also climbed to the No. 19 overall guard in the country.
“Foster was fine in pass protection, but really showed out in the running game, playing low, getting under his defender and driving him back for running backs to run off,” said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman during Semper Fi week.
Foster is joined by Joe Keels (JC-DE), Peyton Newell (DT), and Terrell Clinkscales (JC-DT) as the Huskers other four-star commits in the class currently.
Also climbing significantly in the rankings on Wednesday was Edna Karr HS (LA) teammates, linebacker Jaevon Walton and wide receiver Jariah Tolbert - both Nebraska commitments.
Walton was upgraded to a three-star prospect and ranked the No. 51 middle linebacker in the country – up almost 25 spots from a few days ago.
Tolbert had been unranked coming into the final rating process, but was given three-star status and ranked as the nation’s No. 178 wide receiver.
“Tolbert and Walton were crucial in Karr's run to the 4A state finals,” said Louisiana Scout.com recruiting analyst Mike Coppage earlier this month. “The Cougars began the season ranked No. 7 in the nation and once again finished the year ranked in the Scout Top 50.
“Tolbert runs tough after the catch, often tacking on 10-to-30 additional yards after initial contact. He was fearless while running routes in heavy traffic and his willingness to make the short catch and absorb punishment from defenders was crucial in helping Karr's offense stretch the field by keeping opponents honest vs. the short- to-intermediate passing game.”
Other Nebraska commits moving up the ranks on Wednesday included: Tanner Farmer (OG), Darius Slade (DE), Mick Stoltenberg (OT), and Trai Mosely (CB).
What about the targets left on Nebraska’s board?
With five to seven spots left to fill in the class, it could be a very busy couple of weeks for the Nebraska coaching staff. If you are a diehard Nebraska twitter follower, expect a few "BOOMS" here and there.
The biggest names the Huskers still have a shot with are Raymon Minor (OLB) and Nick Gates (OT).
Minor is the country’s No. 7 outside linebacker and rated a four-star player by Scout.com. Currently he’s down to Nebraska, Miami, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. In his most recent interview with the network, Minor said Nebraska is recruiting him the hardest of the five schools.
Nick Gates (Scout.com)
Gates had a big day in the rankings on Wednesday, moving up nearly 30 spots at his position rating and being upgraded to a four-star prospect. He has trips to Arizona and UCLA planned later this month, but Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini still has his in-home visit to burn with the Nevada high school product.
“I really liked Nebraska a lot, I was most comfortable there,” Gates told Scout.com earlier this month. “I visited once before in the summer so I knew the campus and I’m really comfortable with the coaches. Along with Arizona, they have been recruiting me longer and harder than anyone so that was a great visit for me.”
Here is a list of other prospects the Huskers are still chasing after:
Kenyon Frison (4*, No. 25 OT in the country)
Fred Warner (4*, No. 27 OLB in the country)
Mikale Wilbon (3*, No. 40 RB in the country)
Kalen Ballage (3*, No. 52 RB in the country)
Corey Avery (3*, No. 63 RB in the country)
Michael Johnson (3*, No. 83 S in the country)
Lloyd Tubman (3*, No. 101 DE in the country)
Deion Hallmon (3*, No. 133 CB in the country)
Spencer Williams (3*, No. 136 DE in the country)
Kevin Bronson (3*, No. 138 DE in the country)
Desean Blair (3*, No. 143 WR in the country)
Kweishi Brown (3*, junior college product)
Glenn Irons (NR-WR from Edna Karr HS in LA)
Taurus Phillips (NR-RB from Beacon HS in New York)
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