Head coach Bo Pelini had high praise for Nebraska’s 2014 recruiting class at his Signing Day press conference on Wednesday, with a balanced group leading the Huskers on the offensive line in particular.
The Huskers landed a pair of four-star recruits with Illinois lineman Tanner Farmer and Nevada standout Nick Gates, in addition to Nebraskans DJ Foster and Mick Stoltenberg. Pelini thanked the Nebraska athletic administration for helping put the finishing touches on the 2014 class, with the coaches increasing their use of private planes to fly to recruiting hot beds across the country.
One area hit hard by the Huskers this year was in the heart of SEC country, with Nebraska signing a combined nine players from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida. Of the 24 players in the 2014 class, three are from Nebraska–Foster, Stoltenberg, and Lincoln product Luke Gifford. The Huskers also added 18 walk-on players with 16 from Nebraska and the two others from New York and Michigan. Pelini thinks the walk on class will continue to grow as the spring and summer approach, but says this year’s group is the best he’s had at Nebraska.
One player Pelini is particularly excited about is Missouri wide receiver Monte Harrison. Harrison, a four-star prospect from Lee’s Summit, is also a highly rated outfielder on the baseball field and is slated to play both sports at Nebraska. Pelini says he thinks Harrison will make it to Lincoln, despite what may happen in terms of Harrison’s professional draft status later this spring. Nebraska faced a similar situation three years ago when dual-sport standout Bubba Starling came to Nebraska for the start of the 2011 fall camp, but eventually left for the Kansas City Royals organization after being drafted in the top 10 of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.
Three of Nebraska’s signings came from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, with linebacker Jaevon Walton, plus wide receivers Glenn Irons and Jariah Tolbert inking their letters of intent on Wednesday. As Nebraska enters its fourth season in the Big Ten, the recruiting focus continues to shift on different areas according to Pelini, as he feels the Huskers don’t necessarily fill the traditional Big Ten footprint that many other schools recruit from in the conference.
Overall, the Huskers filled many of their needs on the offensive and defensive lines, with some talented skill players on offense added to the mix. Most recruiting services have the Huskers with a class ranking of between 30th to 40th in the country for 2014.
By Chris Whitney