The Nebraska 2018 recruiting class will grow this month, with the Huskers expected to sign at least seven more prospects on National Signing Day, which is Feb. 7. The NCAA-mandated quiet period has kept things calm on the recruiting trail, but official visits can begin again next weekend.
Nebraska has already built a solid foundation for its 2018 class. It signed 12 of its 14 commitments during the early signing period in December, providing a base for the remainder of the class. Currently, the Huskers have four 4-star signees or commits and nine 3-star pledges.
Let’s take a more in-depth look at where Nebraska’s class stands.
Where the Nebraska recruiting class ranks
As the Huskers’ class grows in size, its ranking — nationally and in the Big Ten — will also improve. Just one month ago, Nebraska had the 75th-ranked recruiting class in the nation with just seven commits. By doubling the size of the class with talented prospects, Nebraska now has the No. 40 class in the country and the No. 9 class in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports. Expect those rankings to continue rising as January progresses and more commitments roll in.
Latest in Nebraska recruiting news
- Here’s what Nebraska needs to accomplish on the recruiting trail in January.
- Nebraska and Tennessee battled for several recruits down the stretch in December. Who won the matchup?
- The recruiting mailbag this week covered a series of wide-ranging topics, including whether the early signing period helped or hurt the Huskers this cycle.
- Recruits across the country reacted to the Nebraska/UCF coaching staff’s victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.
- The Huskers are in the market for another quarterback in this class. Their latest targets at the position are Matthew Tago and James Foster.
Offers by the numbers:
- Reported offers: 265
- In-state recruits offered: 3
- California recruits offered: 44
- Texas recruits offered: 40
- Florida recruits offered: 50
- 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 of 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 Tommy 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 face plenty of competition for one of the most coveted receivers in the country, but they have time to make their case before National Signing Day. Nebraska hosted Bush for an official visit in October, but he’s since taken official visits to Michigan State and Georgia.
DE Daniel Carson, 3 stars, Independence, Mo.
Daniel Carson’s case is similar to 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 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.
Taiyon 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, Hamilton 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 signees/commits position breakdown
Here is a breakdown of the number of signees/commits 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 signees/commits
Here is a breakdown of Nebraska’s 2018 signees/commits by state.
South Dakota: 1