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From recruits to draft profiles
In honor of the 2017 NFL Draft, beginning Thursday night, here’s a throwback to the recruiting profiles of a few Huskers who could get picked up by an NFL team this weekend.
Nate Gerry was a 3-star recruit from Sioux Falls, S.D. He was the No. 52 athlete in the 2013 class, and the No. 1 player in his state.
He was recruited by former coaches Barney Cotton and Terry Joseph. He held just nine offers: Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and South Dakota State.
He was ranked No. 14 in Nebraska’s 23-person class.
Jordan Westerkamp was a 4-star wide receiver from Lombard, Ill. He was the No. 37 wide receiver in the 2012 class, and the No. 6 player from Illinois. He was recruited by John Garrison, who was the offensive line coach for Nebraska at the time.
He held 18 offers, including from Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue and West Virginia. He was the No. 4 recruit in the 2012 class, behind 4-star OT Paul Thurston, 4-star DE Greg McMullen and 4-star RB Imani Cross.
Tommy Armstrong was a 4-star prospect from Schertz, Texas, when he arrived in Nebraska. He was recruited by former offensive coordinator Tim Beck.
Armstrong was the No. 6-rated dual-threat QB in the 2012 class and No. 43 prospect from Texas. Armstrong had six offers out of high school in addition to Nebraska: Baylor, Colorado, Southern Miss, TCU and Texas State. He committed in September 2011 and remained a Nebraska commit throughout his senior year at Steele High School.
Brandon Reilly did not have any offers out of high school. The Lincoln Southwest High School Native (Neb.) Reilly walked on in 2012. He redshirted and hardly saw the field until his junior year.
In 2015, as a junior, Reilly made his presence known with 40 receptions for 754 yards and 4 touchdowns.
He had 21 receptions for 412 yards and 2 touchdowns his senior year, and averaged 19.6 yards per catch. He finished his career at Nebraska with an impressive performance against Tennessee, when Reilly snagged 4 receptions for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns.
In-state player Josh Banderas was a 4-star linebacker who also attended Lincoln Southwest High School.
He was the No. 1-rated recruit in Nebraska and the No. 12 inside linebacker in the country.
He held six offers aside from the Huskers: Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Tulsa and Vanderbilt. He was recruited by Barney Cotton and Ross Els. He was the No. 4-rated recruit in the 2013 class.
Cethan Carter was a 3-star tight end prospect from Metairie, La. and the No. 29-ranked reccruit in the state. He was the No. 28 tight end in the 2013 class.
He held six offers, with Nebraska the only one from a Power Five conference. He also held offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Florida International, Memphis, Southern Miss and Tulane.
Danny Langsdorf visits Grant Gunnell
Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf is again visiting 2019 4-star quarterback Grant Gunnell.
— Danny Langsdorf (@CoachLangsdorf) April 27, 2017
This is the second time Langsdorf has visited Gunnell in Houston. He also visited the QB in December during the visiting period.
Gunnell himself has visited Nebraska twice, most recently for the spring game on April 15.
Gunnell is being recruited heavily by LSU, in addition to other schools.
Nebraska running backs coach Reggie Davis is also in the Lone Star State.
— Reggie Davis (@BigRedRBCoach) April 27, 2017