It's always a bit of a guessing game, albeit an educated one, when it comes to pre-evaluation ratings. There are two players in the state of Nebraska
that are already holding offers from the Cornhuskers and there could be as many as four more by the end of the year. Here are the Big Red Report's pre-evaluation top 10 for Nebraska:
Zane Abner, S, 6-3/175, Atkinson (NE) West Holt
Abner is a bit of an unknown commodity, but don't hold that against him. He only had nine interceptions last year and two touchdown receptions of 85 yards. He has a great combination of size, speed and athleticism. Also a good basketball player.
Phillip Bates, QB, 6-2/195, Omaha (NE) North
Bates is the son of former Husker, Kansas City Chief and Detroit Lion, Phillip Bates, Sr. Bates has a strong arm and great mobility. He is holding a Nebraska offer already as a quarterback. Some project Bates to play other positions in college.
Josh Cherry, K, 6-1/170, McCook (NE)
Cherry made the all-state lists as a junior by going 9-13 with a long of 52 yards.
Kyle Dooley, OL, 6-2/280, Papillion (NE) Papillion LaVista
Dooley is an aggressive, mobile offensive lineman who could project to play either the center or guard position in college. He was all-state as a junior.
Harland Gunn, DT, 6-3/300, Omaha (NE) Central
Gunn is a square bodied lineman who could play either side of the ball, but more than likely will end up on defense. He has good quickness for a man with his size and uses his lower center of gravity to his advantage.
Steve Heiman, QB. 6-2/190, Papillion (NE) Papillion LaVista
Heiman is a very polished quarterback and a very under-appreciated athlete. Heiman has gotten his 40 time down to the 4.6 range. More importantly, his weight is up nearing 200 pounds. Might give safety a go this fall.
Zach Lovell, CB, 6-0/200, Lincoln (NE) Southwest
Lovell is a very good athlete who at 6-foot, still clocks a 4.4/40. Lovell could be at the right place at the right time for Nebraska who will still be looking for depth at the safety position and is always looking for great athletes and speed.
Niles Paul, WR, 6-1/190, Omaha (NE) North
Paul is the first member of the 2007 class and is more than likely the top player in the state of Nebraska. Paul, rated four-stars by Scout.com, is an aggressive wide receiver who shows the ability to go up and take the ball away from defenders. He is the nephew of former Husker and current Green Bay Packer, Ahman Green.
Luke Pinkelman, OL, 6-3/260, Cozad (NE)
Pinkelman will be a collegiate athlete. The question may only be in which sport? At the end of his senior year it is projected that Pinkelman will probably shatter the shot-put record. He won state as a sophomore and is only four feet short of the state record going into his junior year.
Aaron Schulte, OL, 6-6/305, Norfolk (NE) Catholic
Schulte could be a huge sleeper in this year's batch of in-state talent. Was voted all-state and has been key to the recent run of success at Norfolk Catholic. Also plays defensive end.
Top Juniors To Watch
Sean Fisher, ATH, 6-5/200, Omaha (NE) Millard North
Ronnell Grixby, RB, 5-9/190, Omaha (NE) Central
Baker Steinkuhler, OT, 6-5/275, Lincoln (NE) Southwest
Top Sophomore To Watch
Vondrae Tostenson, WR, 6-5/190, Omaha (NE) Central
Last year Nebraska offered four in-state players and accepted commitments from all of them. There were about 10 high school players that accepted scholarships to play division one football, another handful that will be on their way to play division two ball and another handful that will be walking on at Nebraska or at other schools. There was a knock against "top" talent in-state last year, but there was a lot. This year there seems to be more top-talent as well as a lot.