Offered: Nebraska, Arizona, Boston College, Minnesota, NC State, Ohio State, Southern Miss, Virginia Tech
Darlington is not the biggest quarterback or the guy with the rocket arm or great speed. He's a tough field general who does a lot of things really well. His season-ending head injury in the first game of the season is concerning, but Darlington should have plenty of time to rest and totally get healed before taking a hit in Lincoln. In 2012, he lead Apopka to a Florida state championship.
Bush will be looked at by most Nebraska fans as an insurance policy for Zack Darlington, but the Georgia quarterback more than impressed the Husker coaching staff. His mechanics could use a little work and he gets happy feet in the pocket at times, but Bush has a strong arm and the ability to run. It's fair to label him a "project," at this point, but a low risk one at that. If quarterback doesn't work out, he's probably got the capabilities to play other positions, including WR/TE. Bush helped lead Norcross to a state title in 2013.
Offered: Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Purdue, Arizona, Arizona State, Cincinnati, etc.
After Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin left for Penn State, Wilbon decided to open things up. The Huskers capitalized, earning his first official visit. Wilbon left Lincoln feeling good about his trip and his commitment was sealed a week later after an in-home visit with Coach Bo Pelini and Coach Ron Brown. Wilbon is a smaller running back with a low center of gravity that hits the hole hard. When he gets to the second level, he can run away from defenders.
Though a small running back, he has elite speed and good quickness. Stewart is one who can be versatile, can play out of the backfield, but most lethal as a slot receiver. His athleticism can create mismatches all over the field. Bottom line, get the ball in his hands, in space, and he will make plays.
The question is will Harrison play two-sports in college or just focus on a professional baseball career? While he's not the same caliber player as a Bubba Starling, Harrison will definitely have a choice on his hands down the road. The fact that Nebraska tries to let guys play both sports will work in their favor, but it might not be enough. Harrison's baseball career sometimes overshadows his talent on the football field. Turn on the tape and it's easy to see why Nebraska likes him as a receiver. He's a guy with the ability to be a multi-year starter.
Offered: Nebraska, Boston College, Marshall, North Carolina
The East Coast product committed to Nebraska over Big Red Weekend and will likely prove to be a contributor on special teams next season as a returner. He's that talented. From the sounds of it, the Nebraska coaching staff really likes the athletes. A high school quarterback, his Scout.com stock soared every time the rankings were adjusted.
Tolbert was too talented for the Huskers to pass up, despite his lower rating. Playing with one of the most talented running quarterback athletes in the country, Tolbert didn't get many opportunities - when he did he took advantage of it. Don't be surprised to see him in a few years around the end zone for Nebraska. He's got the ability to go up and get the football.
Offered: Nebraska, Louisiana, Old Dominion, SMU, Kent State, Northwestern State
A teammate of Nebraska commitment Jaevon Walton and Jariah Tolbert, Nebraska offered the wide receiver in December, telling him that they like his explosiveness. Irons is a guy who excels on special teams and can project at multiple positions, including defensive back. His rating it a bit lower, but turn on the tape and it's clear to see he could be a diamond in the rough.
The 3-star product might be a better defensive player than offensive, but it's likely the Huskers will start the Missouri product at TE, as they continue to look for answers at the position after seeing Kyler Reed and Ben Cotton graduate last season.
The Semper Fi All-American game isn't the same caliber as the Under Armour or Army, but it still features some of the best players in the country, and Foster dominated. The number one player in the state of Nebraska in the 2014 class, Foster waited long enough to commit to rack up plenty of BCS offers. He has the tools to be a three to four year starter at Nebraska. He hasn't always faced the best talent inside the state of Nebraska, meaning he's gotten complacent at times, but when he see stiff competition in front of him he's a force.
Offered: Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Western Michigan
Farmer's offer list would have been much bigger if he would have waited probably another month or so to commit - his recruitment was really just starting to take off. An Under Armour All-American, Famer showed analysts and All-American teammates that he's a force to be reckoned with. It's very likely he's one of the most underrated players in the country.
Offered: Nebraska, Arizona, Oregon, Texas A&M, Alabama, Arizona St, Baylor, California, Colorado, Colorado St, Duke, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego St, UNLV, Washington St.
At one point BRR had all but written off Gates, but give credit to Nebraska for never giving up on the four-star prospect. Turn on the tape it’s clear to see why they made him such a high priority. The Nebraska coaching staff actually told him he could play all five spots up front. Gates was supposed to visit UCLA last weekend, but canceled after Bo Pelini sealed the deal during an in-home visit. Playing the Semper Fi All-American game, he got an earful from Husker commits D.J. Foster and Zack Darlington. Gates is one of the top three players committed in Nebraska’s 2014 class.
The Nebraska HS prep could play multiple positions at the next level, but it's likely he will start on the offensive line for Nebraska. When he camped with the Huskers during the summer, he worked out as a DE, DT, TE, OT, OG, and center. His senior season was cut short with a knee injury, but should be fine by the time he hits summer workouts.
He makes a bunch of plays behind the line of scrimmage and shows good burst and explosion when doing so. He is a sound tackler. It is tougher to give an honest evaluation of his actual skills and techniques on the interior, because he does not play there, but you know he will disrupt and fire in to gaps.
Offered: Wisconsin, Nebraska, West Virginia, Alabama, Cincy, Oregon, Penn State, USC, Iowa State, UNC, NC State, South Florida
Our decision to list Keels as hot in our last BRR hot board drew some criticism, but Nebraska landed the talented JUCO defensive end on 12/10/13, nearly a month after his visit to Nebraska. Once a Wisconsin commit, to pluck a former in-state talent like this from the Badgers is a major win for Nebraska as they try to build a defense that plays championship level football. Keels is talented enough to line up opposite of Randy Gregory next season, but if anything, will be a major upgrade at the backup defensive end spot.
Offered: Nebraska, Florida A&M, Florida International, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, and South Florida.
After a sneaky in and out visit to Nebraska in mid-January, the UCF commit switched his verbal to the Huskers. King is a speed rusher, who bothers quarterbacks off the edge. He will need to put on substantial weight, but should factor in down the road. He's been called one of the more under the radar prospects in the Sunshine State by Scout.com National recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg.
Offered: Nebraska, Central Arkansas, Clemson, Mississippi
A surprise visitor on the last official weekend of the recruiting cycle, Wills committed Lincoln before leaving to head back home. The Huskers are looking at Wills to play defensive end and that is where he feels he is best suited to play. He says that he loves to rush the quarterback off of the edge.
Offered: Nebraska, Appalachian State, Missouri, Southern Miss
The physical side of Walton's game flashes all over his film, but even if you are physical you have to get to where the play is first. Walton shows incredible instincts, quickness and an ability to get to where the play will be made. He flipped on his commitment to Louisiana when he chose Nebraska.
Offered: Nebraska, Northern Colorado, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee State
The JC product projects at both safety and corner, but Nebraska recently told him to watch Ciante Evans when he was in town for a visit. Cockrell is a player many teams were trying to jump on late and if anything should provide instant depth for the Nebraska secondary.
Offered: Nebraska (soft verbal), Baylor, Oklahoma, SMU, and TCU.
Mosley committed to Nebraska a virtual unknown after proving himself at one of their summer camps. Anyone that has laid eyes on him in person likes what they see. He's a ball-hawk at cornerback and only moved up in the rankings this season. Credit goes to departing Texas A&M head coach Terry Joseph, who told Mosley he felt that he should stick with his commitment to the Huskers.
Offered: Nebraska, Purdue, Indiana, Florida International, UMass, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, and Western Michigan
Jones originally committed to South Florida. He then flipped on the USF decision and committed to Purdue in mid-December. While he appeared to be solid, teammate Desean Blair started to show interest in Nebraska, which sparked Jones’ desire to check it out. The prep does it all for his team, including contribute on special teams. He's an aggressive cornerback that has the ability to go up and get the football.
The total athlete type, Gifford played quarterback this year for the Knights, after starting in the secondary since his sophomore season. Gifford has somewhat become an ambassador for the 2014 recruiting class living in Lincoln.
Offered: Nebraska, Boise State, Colorado, Duke, Houston, SMU, Wake Forest, Washington State, etc.
The Huskers have seemed very interested in grabbing players that have the capability of doubling on special teams. Players like Demornay Pierson-El and Trai Mosley both excel on special teams and want to try returns in Lincoln. You can add Kalu to that list. Not only is Kalu a solid pass coverage safety, he's shown ability in the return game.
The younger brother of former Nebraska kicker Kris Brown, Drew is one of the best in the nation this season, if not the best. It's likely he will compete from day one and would be Big Red Report's projection to be the starting kicker in the 2014 season.