Nebraska has inked 12 of its 15 commitments. Wide receiver Mike Williams announced his transfer from East Mississippi Community College on Wednesday, and once his paperwork clears, that would make 13 signed.
At the beginning of this recruiting cycle, it looked like Nebraska would sign a maximum of 18 recruits. This no longer is the case, with Scott Frost and his staff now prepared to take 22-24 prospects. That leaves as many as nine spots to fill. It also gives Land of 10 nine slots to predict in a mock class, and we’ll start on offense. For reference, here is our mock class from December.
* means prospect is SIGNED
Quarterbacks (2): Adrian Martinez*, Matthew Tago
Forget about a hybrid offense between Mike Riley’s offense and Frost’s offense. Frost and his staff are taking no half measures regarding the type of quarterback they want. Nebraska is clearly intent on having a large quarterback room, with guys who can run a specific type of offense.
One of the biggest wins of the recruiting cycle, not just in the conference but in the country, was Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco flipping 4-star prospect Adrian Martinez from Tennessee to Nebraska. The dual-threat signal caller is already on campus and will have a serious shot at the starting job as spring ball and fall camp progress.
The Huskers are set on adding one more quarterback in the 2018 class, even after adding UCF transfer Noah Vedral, the Wahoo, Neb., native. Matthew Tago is a 3-star athlete who played quarterback in high school, but Nebraska is the only school to offer him at quarterback. The chance to play quarterback at the next level may be enough to put the Huskers over the top. Despite the fast-forming relationship, Tago and Nebraska seemed to be a good match, and he was scheduled to take his official visit this weekend. However, those plans changed and he did not make it to campus for unknown reasons.
Another possible choice here is Arizona commit Jamarye Joiner, another 3-star dual-threat option. However, interest in him has picked up since Arizona fired Rich Rodriguez.
Running backs (2): Greg Bell*, Maurice Washington
Junior college signee Greg Bell will be well positioned for carries by the time the season rolls around. Nebraska will add one more back to the 2018 class, perhaps two. For now, though, we’ll stick with one to allow flexibility at other spots.
Three-star running back Maurice Washington continues to trend positively for the Huskers. His stellar performance at the Under Armour All-America Game (2 rushing touchdowns, 1 receiving score) elevated his national profile. But Frost and running backs coach Ryan Held have built a solid relationship with him. The Huskers are expected to go in-home with Washington sometime next week to set up an official visit, which was supposed to take place this weekend.
Another name to keep an eye on is 3-star prospect Ta’Zhawn Henry, who may join the class even if Nebraska adds Washington.
Wide receivers (5): Jaron Woodyard*, Justin McGriff*, Mike Williams, Miles Jones, Andre Hunt
Jaron Woodyard is a big play waiting to happen. At 6-foot-6, Justin McGriff has the potential to be a key target in the red zone. Mike Williams is committed to Nebraska and is processing his paperwork. If all goes well, he will begin class and workouts next week. That would give Nebraska three wide receivers in the class. But Frost has lamented about the lack of scholarship receivers, so odds are he will allocate room for a couple more wideouts.
Miles Jones is a 3-star athlete currently committed to Vanderbilt. However, Nebraska has a good chance of flipping him this weekend, as he is in Lincoln for an official visit. The Huskers like him at slot receiver and running back, so landing Jones could be a win at two positions.
If another wide receiver can be added to the class, look for 3-star wideout Andre Hunt. The Lancaster, Calif., product will have to get on campus for a visit, but the Huskers are in the mix for him.
Backup plans at the position include Dominick Watt and Isaah Crocker, who had the Huskers as his leader when the previous coaching staff was in charge.
Tight ends (2): Cameron Jurgens*, Katerian Legrone*
No surprises here. Although Cameron Jurgens — Nebraska’s top-ranked player in the class — may move to defense at some point, Frost has his guys at this spot.
Offensive line (3): Will Farniok*, Jarrett Bell, Hamilton Hall
Nebraska will look to add two more offensive line prospects. Will Farniok is already on campus after signing and enrolling early. Three-star guard Jarrett Bell will be on campus for an official visit this weekend and is trending toward the Huskers. Hamilton Hall, who presents an option at tackle or on the interior, will take his official visit the weekend before National Signing Day, which is on Feb. 7.