Big Red Report 2015 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: July 21st, 2014.

How many are they taking: 1 to 2

The Huskers could take two quarterback here very easily, with current commit Kevin Dillman a bit of a risky prospect. Dillman has the ability to possibly play another spot down the road, which makes taking two quarterbacks a lot easier.

QB Kevin Dillman
School: Dentyon Guyer HS (Denton, TX.)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 205
Ranking (Pos): #NR (QB #)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Clemson, Colorado, CSU, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington
The recruitment of Kevin Dillman has been a tough one to follow. When the Huskers originally received his verbal commitment, it appeared Nebraska would be done at the position. A few months later, the Huskers are still wooing other quarterbacks. Recovery from an Achilles tear and turf toe slowed Dillman in the spring. Throw in the fact that he might not even be the best quarterback on his team and it could mean he's not the Wildcats' starter in the fall - at the very least in a two-quarterback system. The question then becomes, how does one develop not being the main guy? The upside to Dillman is he's an incredible athlete. If quarterback doesn't work out in Lincoln, he would a solid candidate to play other positions. Dillman’s eligibility this fall is in question after transferring to Denton Guyer from California. Dilman could transfer to a private school if his eligibility isn’t cleared up by the Texas UIL.
QB Lamar Jackson
School: Boynton Beach Community HS (Boynton Beach, FL.)
Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 202
Ranking (Pos): #NR (QB #32)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Marshall, Mississippi State, Ohio State, South Carolina, USC, Tennessee, Syracuse, West Virginia, etc.
Jackson is taking the recruitment process slow, making sure to check out everything he can. He values education and feels he can play in any offense, meaning his offer list is a big one. The soon to be senior visited Nebraska in June - which is always a good sign when someone spends their own dime to travel to Nebraska. The Huskers wouldn't likely take just anybody at the QB spot with Dillman in the mix, but Jackson is the type of player they couldn't pass on.

Other QBs that have been offered: Torrance Gibson (American Heritage School), Brady White (William S. Hart HS), Brandon Wimbush (St. Peters Prep), Sheriron Jones (Rancho Verde HS), Deondre Francois (IMG Academy), Zach Gentry (Eldorado HS), Dwayne Lawson (Hillsborough HS), Lorenzo Nunez (Harrison HS), DeAndre Johnson (First Coast HS), Tommy Stevens (Decatur Central HS), Chason Virgil (West Mesquite HS), and Jason Pellerin (Catholic HS).

How many are they taking: 1

The Huskers made a promise to Bussey, if he committed they wouldn't recruit another running back. So far they have stuck to their word. A few Scout.com projected running backs have received offers, but were for positions elsewhere. At this point, the Louisiana native appears to be 100 percent, despite constant rumors on social media and the message boards.

RB Kendall Bussey
School: Isidore Newman School (New Orleans, LA.)
Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
Ranking (Pos): #NR (RB #50)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Houston, La Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, TCU, etc.
Bussey came to Nebraska’s junior day in February a Tulane verbal, he left committed to the Huskers. Shortly after, the running back started to see his recruitment blow up. While rumors circulated for months regarding Bussey’s level of commitment, it appears things on that front are starting to slow down after visits to Arkansas, TCU, LSU, and Southern Miss in the spring. “Nothing really compares to Nebraska,” Bussey told Scout.com in late July. Bussey is also former friends with current Huskers Jariah Tolbert, Cethan Carter, and Glenn Irons.

How many are they taking: 1

After splitting ways with Richards high school (IL) product Spencer Tears and losing Washington transfer Damore'eStringfellow, Nebraska will look to take one receiver in the 2015 class. The nice thing is they have some flexibility after taking quite a few in last year’s class. Expect them to be patient. They have to find someone who is at least as good as the rest of the room.

WR Therrell Gosier
School: Blanche Ely HS (Pompano Beach, FL.)
Height: 6-6
Weight: 200
Ranking (Pos): #NR (WR #)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, Miami, Alabama, Bowling Green, Clemson, FIU, Kentucky, Marshall, South Florida, Syracuse, UAB, and West Virginia
The wide receiver made his verbal commitment to Miami last month, but announced in early July he would be taking all five officials. The Huskers will likely get one here. Watching the 6-foot-6 senior's highlight film, it's easy to see why so many schools are interested. Throw it up and Gosier is going to go get it.
WR Ryan Davis
School: Lakewood HS (Saint Petersburg, FL.)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 160
Ranking (Pos): #NR (WR #40)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, Florida, Florida State, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, etc.
At one point it appeared the Huskers were sitting pretty good with the 2015 prospect, but things have since seemed to cool. In a recent interview with Scout.com, Davis didn't mention Nebraska as a school that was sticking out and didn't mention a visit. It appears the FL schools won't let him leave the state. He does want to take all five official visits and will make a decision sometime after his season, so Nebraska does have some time to catch back up.

How many are they taking: 0-1

The Huskers seem to be poking around at a few tight ends, but there isn't a name Nebraska fans can exactly just rip off and say ‘there is a good chance he’s a Husker in February.’ Cethan Carter still has three years of eligibility. Greg Hart has four. Sam Cotton has three. A tight end would be nice, but isn’t exactly a must in our opinion.

TE Tavin Richardson
School: James F. Byrnes HS (Duncan, S.C.)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 206
Ranking (Pos): #NR (TE #36)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, Arkansas, Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, FIU, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Miami, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Virginia, V-Tech, and Wake Forest
Richardson hasn't visited Nebraska yet, but the soon to be senior listed the Huskers in his top eight in early June, meaning they have a shot. At just 200-pounds, the South Carolina prep could be considered more the hybrid type, but he does have the frame to add quite a bit of weight. He is currently planning on taking all five officials, which is a good thing for Nebraska.

How many are they taking: 3-4

When Jurkovic committed, he reported the Huskers were done on the offensive line. BRR finds it hard to believe Nebraska would turn away Jackson Perry or even Applegate for that matter. It will be interesting to see how they feel Nebraska is recruiting them in the coming weeks.

OL Mirko Jurkovic Jr.
School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL.)
Height: 6-5
Weight: 260
Ranking (Pos): #NR (OG #)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Cincinnati, Uconn, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Wake Forest, FIU, Marshall, Toledo, and Western Michigan
After visiting Nebraska in early June, the soon to be senior tweeted that Lincoln was a special place. The offensive tackle has the versatility to play all five spots, but Nebraska likes him on the right side. According to BRR sources, his mother was a big fan of the Nebraska culture, which greatly improved the Huskers chances compared to schools like Ohio State and Florida.
OL Christian Gaylord
School: Baldwin HS (Baldwin, KS.)
Height: 6-6
Weight: 270
Ranking (Pos): #NR (OT #44)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Iowa State, Kansas, KSU, Minnesota, Missouri, NC State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas
The 500-mile radius player grew up cheering for Nebraska, so it was more about when he would commit and not if. Gaylord didn't even give a second thought to offers from Ohio State or Texas after he committed to the Huskers. Gaylord has been nominated for the Army All-American game and has been one of Nebraska's best recruiters over the last few months.
OL Michael Decker
School: Omaha North HS (Omaha, NE.)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 280
Ranking (Pos): #NR (C #6)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Kansas State
Omaha North running back Calvin Strong might have rushed for 3,000 yards last season, but a large part of it was on Michael Decker's shoulders. Decker projects as a center and is the state's best player in the 2015 class. He's not the loudest guy, but Decker brings an attitude to the position.
OL Jackson Perry
School: Bishop Gorman HS (Las Vegas, NV.)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 275
Ranking (Pos): #NR (OG #60)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, UCLA, Harvard
There was a debate whether to list Perry as "Hot" or "Warm," but ultimately his interest in the Huskers pushed him up. The talented two-way player is a former high school teammate of Nebraska freshman Nick Gates. Perry traveled to Lincoln with Gates for the spring game and rated his visit a "9" - admitting he almost pulled the trigger. Interest from Pac 12 schools in his neck of the woods has been limited so far. The Huskers biggest competition might come from the Ivy League schools. Perry boasts a 3.7 GPA and is interested in pre-med, phsyics, and engineering. Schools seem to be split on if he is better offensive or defensive prospect, but Nebraska likes him on the OL.
OL Evan Applegate
School: Mill Valley HS (Shawnee, KS.)
Height: 6-7
Weight: 280
Ranking (Pos): #NR (OT #74)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, Minnesota, Arkansas, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State
The soon to be senior visited Nebraska in the middle of June and on his trip received an offer. At this point Kansas State appears to be his leader, but Nebraska closed the gap. He was going to make a decision this summer, but new offers have made him slow things down. Someone to watch here at the offensive tackle position.
DL DaiShon Neal
School: Omaha Central HS (Omaha, NE.)
Height: 6-8
Weight: 240
Ranking (Pos): #NR (DE #59)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Illinois State, South Dakota State, and South Dakota.
The defensive end has tremendous upside with a frame that can add at least 20 pounds and not see a speed decrease. Neal was quick to jump on his Nebraska offer, verballing less than an hour after receiving it. He does plan to take official visits to check out other schools that have offered, including Oregon, but at this point is 100 percent committed to Nebraska. Maybe one to watch.
DL Carlos Davis
School: Blue Springs HS (Blue Springs, MO.)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 270
Ranking (Pos): #224 (DT #19)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Arizona State, Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri
From very early on, Carlos and his twin brother Khalil seemed very comfortable with Nebraska. Carlos is the higher rated prospect of the two, but both have the potential to be All-Americans down the road. Both players found the family culture feeling at Nebraska to be appealing. Carlos racked up 70 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks in 2013.
DL Khalil Davis
School: Blue Springs HS (Blue Springs, MO.)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 260
Ranking (Pos): #NR (DT #29)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Arizona State, Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri
From very early on, Carlos and his twin brother Khalil seemed very comfortable with Nebraska. Carlos is the higher rated prospect of the two, but both have the potential to be All-Americans down the road. Both players found the family culture feeling at Nebraska to be appealing. Khalil recorded 91 stops, 31.5 TFLs, and seven sacks in 2013.
DL Christian Rector
School: Loyola HS (Los Angeles, CA.)
Height: 6-5
Weight: 225
Ranking (Pos): #NR (DE #38)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, Arizona State, Colorado, California, Mississippi, Oregon State, UCLA, and USC.
The defensive end hit Nebraska's first Big Red Weekend in early June and left very impressed. A player of former Nebraska assistant coach Marvin Sanders, getting a Cali prospect out for an unofficial visit was a good sign for Nebraska. USC and UCLA are putting a full-court press on the recruit recently to stay open, but he's open to going anywhere.
DL Jake Pickard
School: Millburn HS (Millburn, NJ.)
Height: 6-6
Weight: 232
Ranking (Pos): #NR (TE #46)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, Boston College, Cincinnati, Uconn, Illinois, Louisville, Oregon, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse
Pickard wants to head to a program where he feels he has a solid connection with the coaching staff and has a chance to win - it's why Nebraska is currently in his top four. Some schools want him at TE, but currently Nebraska sees him as a defensive end. The soon to be senior tried to make it to Big Red Weekend in June, but couldn't make the trip. He would like to make the decision earlier than many recruits, so a visit is imperative for Nebraska.

How many are they taking: 1

There has been some debate among recruiting analysts if Nebraska will take a linebacker, but it’s clear by some of the offers thrown out that Nebraska is looking for one. The position is still young in Lincoln, but after taking just one last year, the Huskers have to groom someone for down the road.

LB Troy Henderson Jr.
School: St. Edwards HS (Lakewood, OH.)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 215
Ranking (Pos): #NR (OLB #49)
Rating:
Offered: Syracuse (commit), Nebraska, Rutgers, Toledo, Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Kent State, Ohio and Western Michigan.
The linebacker was ready to announce his decision on the Fourth of July, but a Nebraska offer changed those plans. He still eventually committed to Syracuse a few weeks later, but it's ikely Nebraska won't back off. If the Huskers can get him to visit down the road for an official, their chances will definitely improve. Henderson is a nephew of former Heisman Trophy Winner and Syaracuse Orangeman Ernie Davis.
LB Porter Gustin
School: Salem Hills HS (Salem, UT.)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 238
Ranking (Pos): #64 (DE #8)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Florida State, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, Stanford, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The soon to be senior saw his recruitment blow up in the spring. Nebraska is a school being mentioned as a possible official visit destination down the road, but appear to be behind when it comes to his top five.

How many are they taking: 2

Nebraska's class is a smaller one and taking more than two safeties might just too many resources at one position, especially since Nebraska took Luke Gifford, Kieron Williams, and Josh Kalu last year. Anderson is an elite talent, so if they can land Dale, they will be done.

S Avery Anderson
School: Pine Creek HS (Colorado Springs, CO.)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 174
Ranking (Pos): #NR (S #19)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Arizona State, Kansas State, and Wyoming
A solid friend of fellow commit Eric Lee, Anderson committed to Nebraska in February and has seemed extremely solid ever since. According to Greg Biggins, "Anderson is a smooth looking safety who excells in all facets of the position. He's athletic enough to cover as a corner and physical enough to offer strong run support. He shows very good instincts playing deep centerfield and has solid ball skills as well. He can anticipate and flows very well to the football. He's a solid looking running back as well but we like him best as a future free safety down the road."
S Hunter Dale
School: John Curtis Christian HS (River Ridge, LA.)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Ranking (Pos): #NR (S #68)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, Arizona State, Florida, Indiana, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Penn State, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, and Washington State
Dale committed to Nebraska in July, after visiting campus with running back commit Kendall Bussey. But, shortly after getting back home, the soon to be senior erased all his tweets about committing and announced he was still on the market. Dale is also a standout on the diamond and Nebraska has a program in place to approach dual sport athletes that works well. Nebraska has already broken out the talk about playing both sports in Lincoln. With a decision expected before the start of the season, everyone is in a bit of a holding pattern at the moment. BRR sources have indicated Nebraska is still definitely in play.
CB Eric Lee
School: Valor Christian HS (Highlands Ranch, CO.)
Height: 5-10
Weight: 170
Ranking (Pos): #129 (CB #18)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State, and Oregon State
Once an Arizona State commit, Lee committed to Nebraska during the Huskers' junior day in February. A former Lincoln resident, Lee and his family have a familiarity with Lincoln. According to Scout.com's Brandon Huffman, Lee has a smooth backpedal. "The hips quickly turn and he does an excellent job of finding the ball and staying with his man. He had an interception, and just missed two more, while also having another pass breakup. His ball skills are tremendous and he'll also knock a receivers head off if given the chance. He'll be one of the top DBs in the region in the 2015 class"
CB Aaron Williams
School: Carver HS (Atlanta, HS.)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 181
Ranking (Pos): #NR (CB #)
Rating:
Committed: Nebraska
Offered: Nebraska, Cincinatti, Marshall, Mississippi State, Purdue, and Washington State
Williams visited Lincoln back in April for the annual spring game. He got there on Thursday night and came away with a good feeling about how he would fit in the Nebraska defensive secondary. The coaching staff sees him as a defensive back prospect who could play both a nickel spot or safety.
CB Michael Jackson
School: Spain Park HS (Hoover, AL.)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 189
Ranking (Pos): #NR (CB #)
Rating:
Offered: Nebraska, Akron, Appalachian State, Central Arkansas, Cincinnati, Memphis, Miami, Southern Mississippi
An acquaintance of running back Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska at this point is one of the biggest suitors for Jackson's services. The relationship at this point is still growing, but it sounds like the Huskers could get an official visit if nothing drastic happens in the next month and a half. The fact that Nebraska was one of his first BCS offers could pay dividends down the road.

No special teams players will be given scholarships this year.

UPDATE NOTES:

7/21/14:: LB Cameron Townsend was taken off the list.

7/21/14:: LB Troy Henderson was downgraded to "COLD."

7/21/14:: OL Mirko Jurkovic was changed on the list to committed.

7/21/14:: S Hunter Dale was changed on the list to unknown.

7/19/14:: S Hunter Dale was chanted on the list to committed.

7/8/14:: WR Therrell Gosier was added to the list and is classified as "WARM."

7/5/14: OLB Troy Henerson was added to the list and is classified as "HOT."

6/12/14: Positions on the 2015 Big Red Report Hot Board start to debut