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Happy post-National Signing Day.
Now that the 2017 class is set in stone, we’ll be looking toward the 2018 class for the most part.
If you’re still interested in 2017 class, here are a few links you can peruse:
- Our live blog Wednesday, if you want to relive the entire day.
- Here’s what the commitments of Damion Daniels and Elijah Blades mean.
- Here are our grades for the class as a whole.
- What Mike Riley thinks of the class.
- And who we think could play immediately.
We’ll have a handful of stories in the coming days about the 2017 class as well, but for the most part, this notebook now will look toward 2018.
Nebraska will start offering more and more 2018 recruits with the spring game now on the horizon.
Here are the early numbers of how many offers each position group has received from Nebraska so far:
|Position||Number of offers|
|Weak-side defensive end||3|
|Strong-side defensive end||11|
Just this small grouping of offers tells us a few things.
As Riley pointed out on Wednesday, Nebraska is going to go hard for cornerbacks in this class. That’s clear with the lead at 14 offers. With Nebraska moving to a more pass-heavy offense, Riley and Nebraska will also continue to go after top receivers, as seen with the 12 early offers.
Something interesting also worth noting is the defensive lineman offers (23 total) currently outweigh the linebacker offers (13). That’s surprising, considering Riley said at Bob Diaco’s introductory press conference he likes the idea of recruiting more linebackers instead of linemen. Part of that disparity might have to do with offering lineman early with former defensive coordinator Mark Banker. So it wouldn’t be shocking to see more linebacker offers in the coming weeks.
Most recent offer
Nebraska’s first offer out of Signing Day was to Josh Walker, a 3-star defensive tackle from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Blessed with a offer from Nebraska!!!! pic.twitter.com/QnzUc1pGEe
— Josh Walker (@walkerj5515) February 2, 2017
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Walker is the No. 42 defensive tackle in the 2018 class and currently has 13 offers, including from Notre Dame, North Carolina, Northwestern, Michigan State and Auburn.