Big Red Report 2014 Hot Board

IMPORTANT -- This is not the official recruiting board for Nebraska. It's a list of prospects formed by BigRedReport.com to give Husker fans an idea of who the staff may be pursuing and have a legit shot with. The scale is to be interpreted as follows: Hot (50% chance or better), Warm (30%-49% chance), Cool (10%-29% chance), Cold (9% chance or less). This feature will be updated frequently and was last updated: 1/29/13.

QB Zack Darlington
School: Apokpka HS (Apopka, FL.)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 205
Ranking (Pos): #NR (QB #38)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
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.
QB Jaquez Parks
School: Griffin HS (Griffin, GA.)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Ranking (Pos): # (QB #)
Rating: NR
Offered: Air Force, Harvard
Parks could be the Huskers second quarterback in the class, but things aren't exactly clear just quite yet. Will Nebraska offer is the biggest question? Parks is supposed to talk with Nebraska either today or tomorrow to officially find out if he will be visiting Lincoln this weekend. Parks was an all-classes Player of the Year in the state of Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Griffin guided his team to a 15-0 record and had 3,640 yards passing and rushed for 1,329 more. Griffin also has a 3.8 GPA.
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RB Mikale Wilbon
School: De La Salle Institute None (Chicago, IL.)
Height: 5-9
Weight: 192
Ranking (Pos): #NR (RB #40)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
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.
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RB Lorenzo Stewart
School: Klein Oak HS (Spring, TX.)
Height: 5-7
Weight: 168
Ranking (Pos): #NR (RB #121)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Baylor, Houston, Louisiana Tech,
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.
RB Corey Avery
School: Carter HS (Dallas, TX.)
Height: 5-10
Weight: 185
Ranking (Pos): #NR (RB #63)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, Ohio State, Baylor, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Baylor
Avery is a versatile ATH who excels at running back but can slide over to the slot and get first downs. Avery visited last weekend and rated his time in Lincoln a 9, but with Wilbon's commitment Avery likely doesn't have a spot anymore. Things could change, but it appears Nebraska has moved on.
WR Robert Lockhart
School: Hinds JC (Boca Raton, Flo.)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
Ranking (Pos): #NR (WR # JC)
Rating: JC
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Florida International, Ole Miss
Lockhart's journey to his commitment with Nebraska has been a long one. A former D-1 WR at Miami, he's expected to bring instant depth for the Huskers and could find himself competing for a staring spot left by senior Quincy Enunwa.
WR Demornay Pierson-El
School: West Potmac HS (Alexander, VA.)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
Ranking (Pos): #NR (WR #91)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
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.
WR Monte Harrison
School: Lee's Summit HS (Lee's Summit, MO.)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Ranking (Pos): #NR (WR #88)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, KSU, Kentucky, Michigan St, Missouri, Tulsa
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.
WR Jariah Tolbert
School: Edna Karr HS (New Orleans, LA.)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 185
Ranking (Pos): #NR (WR #179)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Utah,
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 opportunties - 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.
WR Glenn Irons
School: Edna Karr HS (New Orleans, LA.)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Ranking (Pos): #NR (CB #142)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
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.
WR Desean Blair
School: Sandalwood HS (Jacksonville, FL.)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 180
Ranking (Pos): #NR (WR #143)
Rating:
Offered: Louisville (soft verbal), Nebraska, Indiana, Purdue, Rutgers, Iowa State, Maryland, Vanderbilt
Blair visited Nebraska as a soft verbal to Louisville in mid-January. His recruitment has been a hard one to follow, but most recently he told BRR that he was split between Nebraska and Louisville, with Missouri behind them. His decision appears to be coming on National Signing Day. The Nebraska coaches were expected to visit him on Wednesday of this week. He was a Florida Class 8A All-State player in 2013.
TE Freedom Akinmoladun
School: Grandview HS (Grandview, MO.)
Height: 6-5
Weight: 238
Ranking (Pos): #NR (TE #46)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas St, Northern Illinois
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 posiiton after seeing Kyler Reed and Ben Cotton graduate last season.
OL Nick Gates
School: Bishop Gorman HS (Las Vegas, NV.)
Height: 6-5
Weight: 270
Ranking (Pos): #NR (OT #24)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
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 an in-home visit by Bo Pelini last Tuesday closed the deal. 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 currently committed in Nebraska’s 2014 class.
OL Tanner Farmer
School: Highland HS (Highland, IL.)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 290
Ranking (Pos): #NR (OG #26)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
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 underatted players in the country.
OL D.J. Foster
School: Lincoln Southeast (Lincoln, NE.)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 314
Ranking (Pos): #NR (OG #19)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa St, Missouri, Ohio, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest
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.
OL Mick Stoltenberg
School: Grenta HS (Gretna, NE.)
Height: 6-5
Weight: 260
Ranking (Pos): #NR (OT #61)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Tulsa, South Dakota State
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.
OL Kenyon Frison
School: Granger HS (West Valley City, UT.)
Height: 6-5
Weight: 290
Ranking (Pos): #NR (OT #25)
Rating:
Offered: Arizona State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, San Diego State, Washington
It was thought that Frison would be a tough pull from Utah. Now the four-star OT has decommitted and will likely make a decision between Nebraska, Arizona State, and Oklahoma in the coming days. Frison visited Nebraska last week and the senior appeared to enjoy his time in Lincoln. Scout.com National Recruiting analyst Greg Biggins says Frison's recruitment is a hard one to read and the four-star talent could end up anywhere. If he were to commit to Nebraska, it would give the Huskers one of the best offensive line classes in the country.
DL Peyton Newell
School: Hiawatha HS (Hiawatha, KS.)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 280
Ranking (Pos): #NR (DT #26)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, South Carolina, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, Michigan State, Missouri, Kansas State, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, etc.
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.
DL Sedrick King
School: Plant City HS (Plant City, FL.)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 220
Ranking (Pos): #NR (DE #91)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Florida A&M, Florida International, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, and South Florida.
After a sneaky in and out visit to Nebraska over the weekend, 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.
DL Joe Keels
School: Highland JC (Kenosha, WI).)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 275
Ranking (Pos): #NR (DE #)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
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 criticsm, 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.
DL Lloyd Tubman
School: Seneca HS (Louisville, KY.)
Height: 6-5
Weight: 230
Ranking (Pos): #NR (DE #101)
Rating:
Offered: Penn State (soft verbal), Kentucky, Nebraska, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky
Tubman is set to take a visit to Nebraska on Jan. 31 according to sources, but that could always change. One time a Vanderbilt commitment, Tubman followed James Franklin to Penn State, but it hasn’t stopped the prep from looking around. He says he wants to “re-evaluate his decision,” meaning Nebraska has a shot, especially considering he’s visiting on the last visit weekend. Tubman estimated that he had 65-70 tackles this season and five sacks, while taking on double and triple teams all season.
LB Jaevon Walton
School: Edna Karr HS (New Orleans, LA.)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 225
Ranking (Pos): #NR (MLB #51)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
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.
S Luke Gifford
School: Lincoln Southeast HS (Lincoln, NE.)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195
Ranking (Pos): #NR (S #130)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Iowa State, Ohio, Toledo, NDSU
The totlal athlete type, Giffod 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.
S Josh Kalu
School: Taylor HS (Houston, TX.)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Ranking (Pos): #NR (S #118)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
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. We are still waiting for his response on the depature of Terry Joseph, but at this point there is no reason to be alarmed.
S Michael Johnson
School: Champagnat Cath Of Hialeah (Hialeah, FL.)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
Ranking (Pos): #NR (S #83)
Rating:
Offered: Louisville (soft verbal), Nebraska, LSU, Pittsburgh, UCF, and West Virginia
Sources around Johnson say it will be tough to get him to switch his current commitment to Louisville, but Johnson will be visiting Nebraska on January 31st - that is if new Cardinal head coach Bobby Petrino didn't convince him otherwise. BRR hasn't talked to the senior since his visit with the new UL head coach, but it sounds like it went very well. Johnson's high school coach has been quoted saying Johnson isn't going anywhere. He’s been downgraded.
CB Trai Mosley
School: Hendrickson HS (Pflugerville, TX.)
Height: 5-10
Weight: 170
Ranking (Pos): #NR (CB #56)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
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. After what has been an interesting few months with the Texas product, Mosley appears to be solid with Nebraska, especially after a visit from new secondary coach Charlton Warren on Tuesday night. He’s got no other visits planned. 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.
CB Byerson Cockrell
School: East Mississippi C.C. (.)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Ranking (Pos): #NR (S #)
Rating:
Committed: 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.
CB Chris Jones
School: Sandalwood HS (Jacksonville, FL.)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Ranking (Pos): #NR (CB #)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
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 agressive cornerback that has the ability to go up and get the football.
ST Drew Brown
School: Carroll HS (Southlake, TX.)
Height: 5-10
Weight: 160
Ranking (Pos): #NR (K #)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska
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.

UPDATE NOTES:

1/29/14: Dropped Kevin Bronson (DL) from the board, added Jaquez Parks (QB) to the board, changed Mikale Wilbon from HOT to COMMIT, downgraded Corey Avery (RB) from WARM to COOL, changed Glenn Irons (WR) from HOT to COMMIT, changed Nick Gates (OL) from HOT to COMMIT, added Sedrick KING (DL) to the board, dropped Raymon Minor (LB) from the board.

1/22/14: Dropped Taurus Phillips (RB) from the board, dropped from Eric Lauderdale (WR), dropped Denzel Ward (OL) from the board, dropped Kolton (OL) from the board, dropped Terrell Clinkscales (DL) from the board, dropped Darius Slade (DL) from the board, dropped Fred Warner (LB) from the board, dropped Deion Hallmon (CB) from the board, added Chris Jones (DB) to the board and changed status to committed, downgraded Raymon Minor (OLB) from WARM to COOL, added Kevin Bronson (DE) back to the board, downgraded Kallen Ballage (RB) from WARM to COLD, downgraded Desean Blair (WR) from WARM to COLD, downgraded Michael Johnson (S) from WARM to COOL.

1/14/14: Added Mikale Wilbon (RB) to the board, added Jariah Tolbert (WR) added to the board, downgraded Denzel Ward from WARM to COLD, added Kenyon Frison (OL) to the board, added Fred Warner (LB) back to the board, added Michael Johnson (S) to the board.

1/7/14: Kevin Bronson (DE) taken off the board, Eric Lauderdale downgraded from COOL to COLD, Quinton Flowers (QB) taken off the board, added Spencer Williams (DE) to the board, Ismael Murphy-Richardson (LB) taken off the board, added Deion Hallmon, Glenn Irons, Desean Blair, and Taurus Phillips to the board, Nick Gates upgraded from WARM to HOT.

12/26/13: Coltin Gerhart (QB) taken off the board, Chris Slayton taken off the board, Kweishi Brown (DB) downgraded from HOT to WARM, Eric Lauderdale downgraded from WARM to COOL, Brandon Powell (RB) taken off the board.

12/12/13: Coltin Gerhart (QB) added to the board, changed Darius Slade (DE) to committed, added Kweishi Brown (DB) to the list.

12/9/13: Changed Joe Keels to a commitment, upgraded Darius Slade to HOT, added Brandon Powell to the running back list, changed Quinton Flower to WARM from COLD, dropped Rahshead Johnson (WR) from the list.

12/9/13: Dropped Fahn Cooper

12/9/13: Added offer to Danzel McDaniel and dropped Chance Waz (DB) from the Hot board

12/6/13: Changed Byerson Cockrell to committed.

12/6/13: Rennell Wren (DL) was taken off the list

12/6/13: Changed Joe Keels from WARM to HOT and Nick Gates from COLD to COOL

12/6/13: Names added: Quinton Flowers, Corey Avery, Eric Lauderdale, Erik Brown, Fahn Cooper, Kolton Miller, Kevin Bronson, Ismael Murphy-Richardson, Danzel McDaniel.

11/26/13: NEW BigRedReport.com Football Hot Board debuts on the site.