As National Signing Day draws near, Nebraska fans are beginning to pay close attention to NU’s class of 2014. Currently, the class sits ranked no. 36 nationally by 247Sports, and no. 6 in the Big Ten. With 20 spots taken, Nebraska only has a few slots left to fill in order to complete its class and move up the national rankings. So here is a list of some targets Bo Pelini and his coaching staff will be wooing between now and February 6.
Andrew Mike (Offensive Tackle, 6'7", 270 pounds)
Mike would certainly be a swing-for-the fences success, and if Nebraska lands him he would be the highest rated prospect of the class according to 247Sports. A giant of a man, Mike has the kind of athleticism and quickness to be able to handle outside pass rushes while still holding up for a solid run game.
With offers from schools like Florida, Arkansas, and Washington, Nebraska is struggling to stay in the game with the Arizona prospect. Nebraska has not yet gotten Mike to Lincoln for an official visit, though, and if the coaching staff can land that official visit, it could help NU score an upset in the recruiting cycle and send NU shooting up the national rankings.
Kweishi Brown (Cornerback, 6'1", 185 pounds)
At a position of need, Brown has long been a Nebraska target. Unfortunately for Nebraska, his recruiting was led by Terry Joseph, the defensive back coach who left for Texas A&M last week. Given that Nebraska was already behind schools like Arizona State and Arkansas, the loss of Joseph from the coaching staff has made Brown’s recruiting additionally challenging.
But Brown has not committed yet, and he did take an official visit to Lincoln on December 14. A strong close and a capture of Brown’s commitment would be a huge feather in Nebraska’s cap for the 2014 class.
Corey Avery (Athlete, 5'10", 180 pounds)
Nebraska had been targeting multi-purpose back Kalen Ballage, seeing the kind of flexibility a player with the ability to play running back and wide receiver could bring. But now that Ballage has committed to Arizona State (although Nebraska will still be recruiting him until Signing Day), renewed attention has been turned to Avery.
Avery was in Jacksonville to see Nebraska beat Georgia in the Gator Bowl and is scheduled for an official visit on January 25. Tim Beck and Ron Brown are working on Avery’s recruitment and hoping it will pay off in landing the prospect from Texas.
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