Nebraska recruiting notebook: Where 2018 commits land on new ESPN 300 rankings
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ESPN released its updated rankings for the 2018 class on Thursday. Some Nebraska fans aren’t super happy about them.
That’s mainly because 4-star cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles dropped more than 100 spots after committing to Nebraska over the weekend. In the previous rankings, Radley-Hiles was at No. 60 overall. He’s now at No. 187.
Four of Nebraska’s 7 commits made the top 300:
WR Manuel Allen: No. 167
WR Eric Fuller Jr.: No. 174
ATH Brendan Radley-Hiles: No. 187
TE Cameron Jurgens: No. 230
All 7 of Nebraska’s 2018 commits did make it in the top 50 in their respective positions. Here’s where ESPN ranked them:
Eric Fuller: No. 18 athlete
Brendan Radley-Hiles: No. 20 athlete
Cameron Jurgens: No. 4 tight end
Manuel Allen: No. 24 wide receiver
Tate Wildeman: No. 45 defensive end
Masry Mapieu: No. 40 defensive tackle
Will Farniok: No. 6 offensive center
The main story here is why Radley-Hiles dropped so drastically, which is anyone’s guess. Some on Twitter are calling it an SEC bias, some are saying it’s a Nebraska bias. Regardless of your stance, it is curious.
Radley-Hiles is the No. 5 corner on 247Sports and has the highest overall ranking of any Nebraska commit by that recruiting service. But recruiting is subjective, so ESPN’s analysts must see something others don’t, for better or worse.
Manuel Allen is done
Allen, a 4-star WR and Nebraska’s highest-ranked 2018 commit (according to ESPN), assured Nebraska fans on Thursday his recruitment is over. Finished. He’s shutting it down.
My recruitment is 100% done ,Im 100% with my decision on Being Committed to Nebraska #GBR
— MANNY'P🙇🏾💸 (@Mannyp___) April 20, 2017
Allen was 1 of 3 2018 players who committed over the spring game weekend. The former USC commit from Corona, Calif., is 6-foot-2, and held 19 total offers. His large frame will be much needed on Nebraska’s roster in the coming years.
Joshua Moore announcement
Joshua Moore, a 4-star wide receiver and one of Nebraska’s top 2018 targets, will announce his top 5 schools on Friday.
— JoshuaMoore (@_TheJoshuaMoore) April 20, 2017
Moore is the No. 17 wide receiver in the 2018 class and visited Nebraska for the spring game. The 247Sports crystal ball predictions are split on Moore. Of the 18 predictions, it currently shakes out to 39 percent Florida State, 22 percent LSU, 11 percent Oklahoma, 11 percent Texas and 11 percent Texas A&M. There’s 1 prediction for Nebraska.
There were rumblings at the spring game that Moore could be leaning toward Nebraska. So there’s a chance he does put Nebraska in his top 5. But the Huskers likely aren’t the leaders in the clubhouse.
Nebraska coaches will participate in a satellite camp on June 4 at Texas A&M. Huskers coaches will join Mississippi State, Kansas, Tulsa, Texas State, Louisiana Tech, Arizona State and UTSA in College Station.
Earn your stripes.
— AggieFBLife (@aggiefblife) April 20, 2017