i know evenrude wanted a thread like this and since its only a few weeks till NLOID, this is a key topic among college football fans. How is your team doing?
BTW, sorry DenFan but we stole a big one from you, he is currently a silent commitment at this time doing a good job of making OSU believe they are still in it.
It's been an interesting year to say the least for Nebraska. Some recruits decommited and others remain on the fence about the firing of Frank Solich. Keeping Turner Gill on staff will help alot as he was and is one of Nebraska's best recruiters.
Two key recruits are Cortney Grixby (five star CB out of Omaha Central) and Calvin Darity (four star OL out of Tallahasee, Florida). Landing two or three of the Tallahasee Five would go along way towards salvaging this years class (the five consist of Darity, Rodney Gallon LB, Joe Manning CB, Matt Owens DE & Danny Muy OL[who has already commited]).
Callahan has also contacted several blue-chippers, but it is unlikely any will chose Nebraska this late in the game. Some names mentioned are Brian Brohm QB, Rocky Hinds QB, Brian Toal LB & Tim Jamison DE.
thats interesting. Im pretty sure Brohm isnt going to Nebraska, and Toal is a B.C. lock but its good to see Callahan being aggressive.
Our class is looking very strong, but if we dont get willie williams, i dont care who else they stockpiled, it will be an utter failure. One player will make or break Miami's class in my eyes.
there goes Rhyan Anderson. ****ing Coker.
1. Xavier Lee.- Grew up a Canes fan. Never got a UM offer. I do not know why. The staff apparently felt Kirby Freeman was a better fit for them. Lee has the strongest arm in america, apparently can throw it 80 yards as they saw at the all star practices in san antonio. Wonderful athlete. Initially UF was ahead, now LSU people are saying he is a lock and FSU is a contender as well, although they also have drew weatherford.
It will be one of LSU, FSU or UF.
2. Ted Ginn- yes i am very impressed with him. Was on OSU lock the whole way. Extremely impressive at the televised all star game. May be better than Whitner.
3. Rhyan Anderson- Wisconsin DE. Coker called him the best DE in america. Recruited very hard by UM since May, and we led the entire time as well. Coker had a visit with him this week, his head coach during the week said he was down to OSU and UM but said would be shocked if he didnt choose UM. Then came for his official visit. By sunday afternoon, we heard from another recruit that Rhyan "had a great visit", then when grassy.com's premium insiders recruiting guy interviewed him, it was a very bland interview. A bit later, an OU site interviewed him and he said UM was now third behind OSU (first) and OU second. He said they werent up front about him with him keeping his HS number and wasnt considering UM anymore. It is sufficient to say we were all stunned. However, the guy who does this interviews for the UM website even after seeing that interview thought he was UM bound anyway as did a similar person from another UM website who runs the website and does recruiting interviews for it. So something is fishy, either they are wrong and he is upset with something, or he is playing the recruiting game with everyone else.
3. Fred Davis- from all indications, he's a Cane. Coach CJ (Curtis Johnson) saw him tonight after Coker had visited him last week. It seemed he was going to announce last week for the U. but then our OC and TE coach who is also from Toledo and was recruiting him, left for the cleveland browns. Coker and staff then went to toledo to try and keep him and it appears that he is still privately committed but its shaky. I hope CJs visit tonight sealed the deal. He also said he was going down to Miami this last weekend to visit with his friend (and rumored silent commit or heavy cane lean Willie Williams) but since Willie was at auburn visiting he couldnt. Bottom line, i think Fred is a Cane.
4. Devon Lyons- nice safety prospect from PA. Its down to our two teams, Coker visited him last week, might visit UM, i think he is OSU bound.
5. James Bryant- another UM v. OSU head to head matchup, he was very high on us after his december visit but most insiders now think he will not come.
This is my current UM projected recruiting class with associated number for each recruit based on what i think their talent level is. (1- bust ... 5- solid contributor ... 10- surefireAll American)
6. Charlie Jones- he is a good prospect. Compared to Clinton Portis, very slithery, good moves. Had a pretty bad OL this year but still put up decent numbers. Needs ankle surgery. Not as high of an upside as our other RB recruit Bobby Washington but he has grade issues. The final RB recruit, Derron Thomas is a sleeper prospect, Nebraska coaches had said before he committed to UM that he was worth two scholarships.
In Sum: So far we have a good class. We stole back Lance Leggett from the Gators, all i want to close this class is somehow to get Anderson back, Willie Williams (a MUST GET) and Trevor Ford.
Without Willie Williams, everything goes to hell and the class is a failure no matter how many other studs are there.
It doesn't help Arkansas recruiting when Oklahoma and LSU are in the national championship game. Those two states border Arkansas. Anyway, for those who care......
Arkansas's top committs:
Peyton Hillis - 10th ranked RB, actually 2nd ranked FB, but both positions are combined.
Fred Barnett - 12th ranked DT
Marcus Walker - 3rd ranked CB also interested in Florida State, Oklahoma, LSU, and Texas A&M
Our top two 5-star prospects signed with Oklahoma.
Rhett Bomar - 1st ranked QB
Adrian Peterson - 1st ranked RB
It will be a big weekend for Nebraska's recruiting class. Supposedly 15-20 recruits will visit this weekend, many of whom didn't even have Nebraska on their radar until Callahan came on board. It will be interesting to see how many of them stick......
Good read SoCal:
I wouldn't be exactly sure on S Lyons just yet, OSU reported has verbal commits from Sirjo Welch and Nick Patterson. Welch looks like the top S in the USA, plus is homegrown from the state of Ohio.
Fred Davis will be a Cane, I'm almost sure of it. He's from Toledo, OH and it stings to see a great talent get away like this.
Ted Ginn will look great as a Buckeye. As I said to SoCal in a PM, Ginn and Whitner look to be the new age Clements and Winfield CB tandem at OSU. I'm really exciting about this signing, hoping good things can come from this.
Much like our class of 2 years ago, we did a good job of getting top prospects in Ohio, except Fred Davis. Marcus Freeman looks to be a real deal at LB, plays both MLB and OLB and has a motor for speed out there. We also kept OL Ben Pearson in the state, who we may need here in a year or two to be a big player for us, our OL is being depleted currently and we need our recruits to pick up the pieces.
Our long-shots seem to be DE Derrick Harvey and OL Leon Hart. Both have interests in OSU, but both have a few schools that are said to be in front of us. Harvey is another Terrell Suggs clone, he's coming in at 230 pounds as a DE, but has that great edge rush that Terrell did in college. He looks to be Maryland or Florida bound, with OSU in 3rd currently. Leon Hart seems to want to be at OSU more than Harvey does. Hart is an explosive OT from South Carolina, seems to be favoring Auburn right now but OSU is still diligently trying to persuade Hart to commit over here.
By looking at just the commit list as of now, OSU should land in the top 10 in recruiting this year.
i think in my post there when i was gonna rank the class i forgot to put up the class. This is my current projected Miami class.
QB- Kirby Freeman- very mobile QB. A project though.
RB- Bobby Washington- comparisons to McGahee, has the most upside of all the backs. Has grade problems, might not qualify.
RB- Charlie Jones- see above.
RB- Derron Thomas- sleeper prospect from Louisiana, nebraska wanted him very bad.
TE- Octavious Darby- good FLA tight end prospect, although showed shaky hands at the CaliFlorida Bowl.
TE- Dane Guthrie- may decommit to Florida.
OL- Tyler McMeans- huge prospect JUCO from McKinnie's JUCO. Staff very high on him.
OL- Tyrone Byrd- i dont know much about him.
OL- Chris Rutledge- massive, first team all dade country. Kehoe likes his physical attributes, a project.
OL- Jon St. Pierre- Canadian prospect. UM has had success with them before (Haji
Rosouli, Romberg, Mercier)
WR- Lance Leggett- tall and lanky. Put up tremendous numbers this year, recruited HEAVILY by the Florida schools, Gators coaches compared him to <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/12576" target="_blank">Randy Moss</a>. Fierce battle between um and uf for his services, committed to UF, then to UM. Very nice prospect, with great speed and size. Highlight reels were awesome.
WR- Fred Davis- Ohio Prospect, extremely tall and well built. OSU, UM, USC battle.
DT- Dwayne Hendricks- top NJ Defensive Lineman. very good against the run.
DE- Calais Campbell- 6'6 and still growing. Colorado's all time sack leader.
DT- Joe Joseph- gets a good push, still not a finished prospect though.
DT- Dion Gales- Underrated Louisiana prospect, dominated recent all star game.
DT/OL Kellen Heard- Massive texas prospect.Coaches feel he will be an excellent DT or OL. Wonderful potential. Grade problems might prevent qualification.
LB- John Dunlap- quite the athlete, being considered at WR as well. Did well in nation's toughest football area, Dade County. Very good pickup.
LB- Willie Williams.- Nation's no. 1 LB prospect. Unbelievably Good. UM Fan website recruiting analyst says best LB to come out of FLorida in 10 years. Freakish abilities, truly scary to watch. Put up all star season long numbers in half a season of play. In state title game, recovered fumbles, got two sacks, nearly ripped off QBs arm thus injuring him for the rest of the game. Expected to be the next and possible best Great UM LB of all time. Kingpin of the class. If FSU steals him away, the class is a failure as a whole.
LB- Romeo Davis- interesting pickup. Did well against Dade Co. competition, 40 time is not impressive but showed good football speed and instincts. High school coach confident he will be the steal of the class.
LB- Josh Johnson- very nice athlete, top LB prospect in the state of georgia.
CB- Trevor Ford- typical Miami shutdown corner, excelled against top competition. UM-FSU battle, will decide tomorrow, i think he is a cane.
CB- Carlos Armour- Very tall and rangy prospect. Excellent hips. Very much a sleeper, UM coaches found him because of coaches in his area highly recommended him to coker, those coaches were former UM players.
S- Lovon Ponder- nice florida prospect. Not as good as devon lyons or kenny ingram but still UM caliber.
S- Anthony Reddick- UM has been on him very very hard, not as well known as some other prospects in the state, but has been UM's DC's top DB target.
well there goes Trevor Ford. ****ing Coker you cant close on a kid. We needed corners this year ***dammit, you dont let FSU go in like a bunch of fags and cherry pick the top flight corner from our own ****ing backyard right out of our hands. Protect your ****ing turf. What an embarassment. Get him a bunch of hoes if thats what it takes. This is a parade of horribles.
Ill take a drive to suicide bridge over in glendale if we lose Willie to these ass****s.
Adrian Peterson first noticed Arkansas when we played Texas. He was on an unofficial visit to Texas at the time. He liked our team, officially visited the campus, and we were in his final three.
You may be thinking of Skye Peterson, a former Jayhawk. He commited to Arkansas. He's a big juco center.
Michigan has had a handful of 5/4 star rated prospects commit already. The one I really like is Chad Henne from West Lawn, PA. He was one of the nation's most sought after QB prospects.
As a senior, Henne completed 60% of his passes for 1,700 yards for 19 touchdown passes and only 5 interceptions.
Just heard from a pretty good source that Nebraska has stolen Lydon Murtha (Ht: 6-8 Wt: 320 40: 5.02 offensive tackle) from Minnesota. Callahan might just salvage this years class yet.
its been a rough week.
Fred Davis...lost to USC.
Rhyan Anderseon....all but lost to Ohio St. or Oklahoma.
Trevor Ford....lost to FSU.
John Dunlap...lost to NCSU.
Octavious Darby....lost to NCSU.
And on wednesday night we will lose Kenny Ingram and Aaron Jones to FSU.
If if Willie commits to anyone else but the U. ill be beside myself in a furious black rage.
Thanks alot Coker, you cant close worth a ****. This class SUCKS ASS. Top 10 isnt good enough. Just two weeks ago we were on the precipice of having the best class ever, now we are filling up on B-Listers.
USC's class is downright scary. Of course you sometimes get the chicken and the egg effect..... USC is recruiting them therefore they are good.....
Can't believe Fred Davis committed to USC...
DenFan, fortune is about to smile on your boys. LB James Bryant (who we really want as we have struck out at LB with Brian Toal, Jon Dunlap, possibly Josh Johnson (tomorrow night) and still up in the air with Willie Williams) is close to committing to OSU.
I also believe Rhyan Anderson, the super DE who we were once the commanding leader for, but now have lost (there is a theme here) is OSU bound. Our prospects on Lyons are also declining with the commit of Reddick.
Aaron Jones and Kenny Ingram will be noles tomorrow.
We are taking a beating.
Davis hurts but since we got Lance Leggett, im happy at WR.
If we do get Bryant, then we are set, Rhyan Anderson would be a nice addition as well.
We have a verbal commit from LB Marcus Freeman already, who I'm super excited about, adding Bryant, who is said to be the better Lb of the 2, would just be great. I figured Bryant was Pitt bound, his brother plays safety for them currently so I thought that James would go there as well.
Also excited about safety commit Sirjo Welch, looks to be a very good safety, along with Nick patterson at safety as well. Lyons would be a nice to have, but I doubt he'll be coming to Columbus due to the commits of Welch and Patterson.
Right now, I'd say the Bucks rank 4th, FSU LSU and USC all look to have better classes, and dare I say it, even Michigan might have a better one. So5th at worst for OSU is my prediction.
Well, we are continuing to take huge body blows. I am reaching panic stage.
Aaron Jones.....finished second to FSU.
Kenny Ingram...finished second to FSU.
Josh Johnson (huge need)....finished tied for second behind UGA.
Miami is now experiencing a FULL FLEDGED CRISIS at Linebacker. We will have 4, only 4 LB on the ENTIRE ROSTER for Spring Practice (this is not even enough to go 2 deep at each position) and so far, for the fall we only have 1 commit from a ****ING SCRUB. Willie Williams is not a done deal yet and we have WHIFFED on our No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 prospects at that position, ALL OF WHOM we were at one point clearly in the LEAD. Coker is playing Russian Roulette right now by continuing to **** up at LB for the THIRD YEAR IN A ****ING ROW. The good news today that i found out is that James Bryant seems to have eliminated OSU and now we have to fight Pitt and UF (or more accurately FU) off for him.
I still think you will get anderson.
I'm sure Bryant will be Pitt or Miami bound.
Pitt because of his brother, Miami because he went to summer camps down there over last summer.
This is my final, pre NLOI day projected class based on this last few days information.
QB- Kirby Freeman
RB- Bobby Washington
RB- Charlie Jones
RB- Derron Thomas
WR- Lance Leggett
WR- Khalil Jones
TE- Chris Zellner
OL- Jonathon St. Pierre
OL- Tyrone Byrd
OL/DT- Kellen Heard
OL- Tyler McMeans
OL- Chris Rutledge
DT/DE- Dwayne Hendricks
DE- Rhyan Anderson
DT- Joe Joseph
DT- Antonio Dixon
DT- Darryl Richard
DE- Calais Campbell
LB- Romeo Davis
LB- James Bryant
LB- Willie Williams *
CB- Carlos Armour
CB- Andrew Johnson
S- Anthony Reddick
S- Lovon Ponder
(* Williams has been said by some to be already silently committed to the Hurricanes and has been recruiting for them for some time, others say while he is a Canes fan and would have liked to have gone to Miami, Florida State Boosters have made him a very large cash offer that he could not refuse and that Miami has hired several private investigators and are more than willing to expose Florida State should Willie choose Florida State.)
Devon Lyons to OSU. Nice get Denfan.
Huge weekend in Lincoln. Callahan finally convinced Rocky Hinds to make the trip. Too bad it's been -5 all week with a foot of snow on the ground. I still think we have a shot at landing him........
Another interesting visitor is Jeremy Coley. He's a stud juco DE that had committed to Purdue, but is considering Nebraska now. This would definately fill a need position.
Charles McCoy is another juco that could come right in and contribute. He played high school ball in Tallahassee before sitting out of football for a few years because of grades. He seems to have a new lease on life now doing well in school and on the football field. At 6'-2", 190 lbs, and running a 4.5 forty, he could be a real diamond in the rough at the CB position.
I was pretty leary initially about Callahan, but he has done more recruiting wise in a few short weeks than Solich did the whole time he was here. I look forward to next year, when this staff has had all season to recruit. Maybe then we can talk about Nebraska competing with the likes of Miami, OSU and USC for commits......
wow what a class. If its not USC, its Miami with the No. 1 class in America. Coker really surprised me and closed the deal on these big fish.
Rhyan Anderson...a Cane.
Willie Williams.....a Cane.
James Bryant.....a Cane.
Very impressive. Every break went our way today for the first time that i can remember. What a huge class. 30 kids or so.
Way to go Willie Williams! Already in trouble:
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