Following the three-day signing period last week, recruiting has slowed down because of an NCAA-mandated quiet period and the holiday season. Programs have retreated before beginning their final pushes through January and into National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
But as of now, the Huskers have secured a solid foundation for their 2018 class, signing 12 of their 14 commits last week. The class is comprised of four 4-star recruits and 10 3-stars.
Half of the class committed to Scott Frost and the new coaching staff, while the other seven initially pledged to Mike Riley and his former staff. For a transition class, the Huskers’ haul is shaping up to be a good one, with more than 20 signees eventually expected to join Nebraska in 2018.
Where the Nebraska recruiting class ranks
Nebraska’s rise in the national rankings has been impressive over the last few weeks. In the span of one week earlier in the month, Nebraska rose in the national rankings by 21 spots, from 75 to 54. It continued climbing after the early signing period, and the Huskers are creeping toward the middle of the pack in the Big Ten rankings. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Nebraska currently has the No. 42 recruiting class in the country and No. 9 in the conference.
As National Signing Day approaches, the Huskers will try and attain a top-30 class and finish in the top 5 in the Big Ten.
Latest news for Nebraska recruiting
- Take a look at the top performances from Nebraska commits this season.
- Our Christmas Day notebook looked at five presents for Huskers fans on the recruiting trail.
- Nebraska has stayed busy doling out offers, targeting several new wide receiver prospects and defensive line recruits. Nebraska has seemed to already identify a priority recruit at running back in the 2019 class, too.
- Here’s a quick look at which position groups the coaching staff will hone in on in January.
- Frost likes what he has, but knows there’s plenty more work to be done.
Offers by the numbers:
- Reported offers: 262
- In-state recruits offered: 3
- California recruits offered: 43
- Texas recruits offered: 40
- Florida recruits offered: 49
- Georgia recruits offered: 19
- Missouri recruits offered: 11
Nebraska recruiting class: 2018 commits
QB Adrian Martinez, 4 stars, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.)
TE Cameron Jurgens, 4 stars, Beatrice (Neb.)
S C.J. Smith 4 stars, Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.)*
DE Tate Wildeman, 4 stars, Legend (Parker, Colo.)
LB Will Honas, 3 stars, Butler Community College (El Dorado, Kan.)
DE David Alston, 3 stars, Woodbury (St. Paul, Minn.)
RB Greg Bell, 3 stars, Arizona Western CC (Yuma, Ariz.)
WR Jaron Woodyard, 3 stars, Arizona Western CC (Yuma, Ariz.)
S Deontai Williams, 3 stars, Jones County JC (Ellisville, Miss.)
DT Masry Mapieu, 3 stars, York (Neb.)*
C Will Farniok, 3 stars, Washington (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
WR Justin McGriff, 3 stars, Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.)
TE Katerian Legrone, 3 stars, Best Academy (Atlanta)
K Barret Pickering, 3 stars, Hoover (Ala.)
* Intends to sign letter on intent in February. All other players listed have signed with Nebraska.
Top uncommitted Nebraska football targets
WR Tommy Bush, 4 stars, Schertz, Texas
The former Nebraska staff identified Bush as a top target. The new staff feels the same way. In one week, the Huskers conducted two in-home visits with Bush. They will face plenty of competition for one of the most coveted receivers in the country, but have time to make their case. Bush does not plan on signing until National Signing Day. Nebraska hosted Bush for an official visit in October, but he’s since taken two enjoyable official visits to Michigan State and Georgia.
DE Daniel Carson, 3 stars, Independence, Mo.
Carson’s case is similar to that of Bush’s. His initial contact with Nebraska came from the former staff, but the new staff checked in with Carson for an in-home visit in mid-December. He was originally scheduled to visit last weekend, but that has been rescheduled for January. Carson is also considering Texas and Miami.
CB Taiyon Palmer, 4 stars, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Palmer was a Duke pledge until de-committing on Nov. 30. The No. 28 cornerback in the class, Palmer would fill a definite need in the secondary for the Huskers. Nebraska’s offer intrigued him, and there’s a good chance the staff hosts him for an official visit in January.
OL Hamilton Hall, 3 stars, Atlanta, Ga.
With the offensive line being another area of need, Hall presents an intriguing option. The No. 123 tackle in the class is also considering Indiana, Mississippi State, Maryland and Ole Miss. Nebraska will host Hall for an official visit the weekend before signing day.
Nebraska commits position breakdown
Here is a breakdown of the number of commitments at each position.
QB: 1 (Martinez)
RB: 1 (Bell)
WR: 2 (McGriff, Woodyard)
OL: 1 (Farniok)
TE: 2 (Jurgens, Legrone)
WDE: 2 (Wildeman, Alston)
LB: 1 (Honas)
DT: 1 (Mapieu)
S: 1 (Smith, Williams)
K: 1 (Pickering)
Geographical breakdown of Nebraska football commits
Here is a breakdown of Nebraska’s 2018 commits by state.
South Dakota: 1