LINCOLN, Neb. — So here it is: Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class.
After a great start and an alright afternoon, Nebraska finished National Signing Day on Wednesday with 20 commitments in total. Though Nebraska missed on some of its top targets late, Mike Riley and his staff still ended up with a vast majority of the recruits they wanted.
Here are the newest Huskers:
Nebraska 2017 recruiting class, rankings
|4-star WR||Tyjon Lindsey||7||Las Vegas|
|4-star ILB||Avery Roberts||7||Wilmington, Del.|
|4-star QB||Tristan Gebbia||9||Calabasas, Calif.|
|4-star WR||Jaevon McQuitty||41||Columbia, Mo.|
|4-star DB||Elijah Blades||16||Pasadena, Calif.|
|3-star WR||Keyshawn Johnson Jr.||49||Calabasas, Calif.|
|3-star OT||Brenden Jaimes||44||Austin, Texas|
|3-star DT||Deiontae Watts||32||Plano, Texas|
|3-star DT||Deontre Thomas||33||Mustang, Okla.|
|3-star OT||Matt Sichterman||46||Kings Mills, Ohio|
|3-star WDE||Guy Thomas||25||Miami|
|3-star TE||Austin Allen||38||Aurora, Neb.|
|3-star ILB||Andrew Ward||38||Muskegon, Mich.|
|3-star OG||Broc Bando||50||Bradenton, Fla.|
|3-star OLB||Willie Hampton||71||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.|
|3-star FB||Ben Miles||2||Baton Rouge, La.|
|3-star RB||Jaylin Bradley||88||Bellevue, Neb.|
|3-star OT||Chris Walker||100||Lincoln, Neb.|
|3-star TE||Kurt Rafdal||32||Carmel, Ind.|
|3-star DT||Damion Daniels||49||Dallas|
What is Nebraska’s recruiting class ranked?
Early enrollees: 5
5-star commits: 0
4-star commits: 5
247Sports composite ranking: No. 23
Big Ten ranking: 5
What went right for Nebraska on National Signing Day?
The Huskers began the day the right way on Wednesday.
National Signing Day began with the commitment of Guy Thomas, a 3-star DE who was a Nebraska commit but opinions were up in the air as to whether he would actually choose the Huskers. He had recently visited a few schools, and been visited by Pittsburgh in his home.
But Thomas chose Lincoln, and shortly thereafter so did 3-star DT Damion Daniels. The day ended just as well — if not better — with the 20th commitment, from 4-star CB Elijah Blades.
What went wrong for Nebraska on National Signing Day?
Getting Blades late helped make up for the Huskers’ late-afternoon misses.
Both 5-star WR Joseph Lewis and 4-star athlete Greg Johnson, teammates at Hawkins High in Los Angeles, committed to USC. Then 4-star CB Deommodore Lenoir (also from Los Angeles) chose Oregon and 3-star athlete Michael Onyemaobi chose TCU.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley’s thoughts on his 2017 class
Because Nebraska was able to get 20 and stay in the top 25 of the rankings, and plug up all the positions they needed to, Riley said the Huskers got what they wanted out of National Signing Day.
“Positionally, we hit our marks where we wanted to fill guys,” Riley said.
“We’re very proud of the work that was done and the development of the relationships where we can have a class like this.”