2015 Signing Day is here and names continue to roll in from student-athletes committed to the Nebraska football program under first year head coach Mike Riley. Here are the bios of those who have signed letters from Huskers.com
1. Avery Anderson is one of four defensive standouts who joined the Nebraska program in January. Anderson was regarded as one of the top prospects from Colorado and among the nation’s top defensive back recruits. Anderson helped Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs to consecutive Class 4A state championships.
Pine Creek posted a perfect 14-0 record in 2014 as Anderson starred in all three areas of the game. As a defensive back, he recorded three interceptions, while making 52 tackles, including six tackles for loss. Anderson also contributed on offense, rushing for 226 yards and a touchdown, while catching 16 passes for 318 yards and one touchdown. He also handled kickoff return duties for Coach Todd Miller.
Anderson was an All-Colorado choice by the Denver Post for his play in 2014, and he was a first-team Class 4A choice by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
In helping the Eagles to the 2013 Class 4A state title as a junior, Anderson was named a first-team all-state free safety by the CHSAA. He also earned all-league and all-region recognition after totaling 53 tackles, one interception and three breakups while leading Pine Creek to its first state championship and a 12-2 record. Offensively, Anderson had 53 carries for 386 yards and eight touchdowns.
Anderson was a consensus four-star prospect, and he was rated as the No. 2 player in Colorado, behind fellow early enrollee Eric Lee Jr. Anderson was a member of the Rivals250, coming in at No. 224 on the list of the nation’s top prospects. Additionally, the service ranked Anderson as the nation’s No. 24 cornerback, while Scout.com listed him among the top 35 safeties in the country and 247Sports ranked him among the top 40 athletes nationally. In May, Anderson earned defensive back MVP honors at the Rivals Camp Series in Chicago.
Anderson committed to Nebraska in February of 2014, after considering offers from Arizona State, Kansas State and Utah, among others. Anderson is the son of Killian and Angela Anderson, and he was born on Sept. 11, 1996.
2. Oklahoma product Jalin Barnett is regarded as one of the nation’s top offensive guard prospects after a standout career at Lawton High School. Barnett is Nebraska’s first signee from the state of Oklahoma since Phillip Dillard and Craig Roark in 2005. Barnett played at the same high school that produced former Husker greats Mike Minter and Will Shields.
The 6-4, 310-pound Barnett was a driving force behind one of the state’s most potent offenses. Coach Randy Breeze’s team averaged better than 460 total yards per game in 2014, and produced a 2,000-yard rusher and a quarterback who threw for more than 2,400 yards. Lawton High finished with an 11-2 record and advanced to the finals of the Class 6A-II state playoffs. In addition to his dominant play on offense, Barnett also saw action on defense, recording 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.
For his play in 2014, Barnett was a first-team All-Oklahoma selection, and he was the No. 3 prospect on the Daily Oklahoman’s Super 30.
Lawton High had similar offensive productivity behind Barnett’s blocking in 2013. The team averaged 313 rushing yards per game and had a 2,500-yard runner. Lawton recorded an 11-1 record in 2013, advancing to the second round of the state playoffs. Barnett also earned all-state honors from The Oklahoman as a junior.
Barnett, who wears a size 18 shoe, was awarded Lawton’s overall Player of the Year honor in 2014 and was an Under Armour All-American. Barnett also excels in the classroom where he carries a 3.8 grade-point average.
Barnett was ranked as the No. 4 offensive guard in the country by ESPN and was also among the top 15 offensive guards by 247Sports and Scout. He was also a consensus choice as one of the top five players in Oklahoma by several recruiting services.
Barnett also visited Arkansas and Oklahoma, and considered Oklahoma State before choosing the Huskers.
3. Mohamed Barry committed to Nebraska in late January and is part of a strong defensive presence in the Huskers’ 2015 signing class. The 6-1, 215-pound Barry was a strong playmaker from his linebacker spot for Grayson High School in Georgia.
As a senior in 2014, Barry helped Coach Mickey Conn’s team to a 10-2 record, and helped the school advance to the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs. Barry was honored for his play in 2014, earning first-team Class AAAAAA all-state honors in Georgia. Barry also was a standout for Grayson High as a junior.
Rivals ranked Barry as a three-star prospect, while the 247 composite rankings listed him as the No. 71 linebacker in the nation. Scout.com ranked Barry among the top 15 linebackers in Georgia. Barry has been regularly trained by former Nebraska and NFL linebacker Eric Johnson.
Barry also visited Kansas State and Miami before choosing the Huskers. Additionally, he had offers from North Carolina State, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Washington State.
4. Alex Davis was one of the final pieces in the Huskers’ 2015 signing class, committing to Nebraska in the final week leading to National Signing Day. The 6-5, 230-pound Davis season will bring his raw talent to the defensive end spot at Nebraska.
Davis played football for the first time during his senior season at Dwyer High School in Florida. His play in 2014 helped Coach Jack Daniels’ team to a 7-4 record in the Class 7A ranks.
Davis was an unknown on the gridiron heading into his senior season. He began to draw recruiting attention in the summer when he excelled at various camps. He was the Defensive MVP of Florida International’s camp and was the Defensive Lineman of the Day at a Miami camp.
Despite his late arrival to the recruiting rankings, Davis was listed as the No. 56 defensive end in the country by 247 Sports, which also ranked him among the top 150 overall players in Florida.
Davis has excelled on the basketball court for Dwyer High and Coach Fred Ross. He first saw varsity action as a sophomore, then averaged 11.4 points and more than seven rebounds per game as a junior. This season, he is averaging 11.4 points and 6.5 rebounds, and has helped Dwyer to a 21-4 record through January.
Davis also visited South Florida and had offers from Pittsburgh, Temple, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Georgia Southern.
5. Carlos Davis joins his twin brother, Khalil, in Nebraska’s 2015 signing class, giving Nebraska a pair of dominant defensive tackles. The Davis twins come to Lincoln from Blue Springs High School, one of the top prep programs in Missouri. The Davis brothers are the first set of twins to sign with Nebraska since Courtney and Steven Osborne in 2008.
Carlos Davis finished his senior season with 64 tackles, including an impressive 33 tackles for loss. He had 18 sacks and 21 quarterback pressures and also saw time on the offensive line for Coach Kelly Donohoe’s team. Davis’ played helped the Wildcats to an 8-4 record and a trip to the third round of the Class 6 state playoffs.
Davis was recognized as the Missouri Coaches Association Class 6 Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. He also earned the prestigous Buck Buchanan Award at the Simone ceremony. Davis was a Class 6 all-state pick for the second straight year and earned All-Metro honors from the Kansas City Star.
As a junior, Davis played a key role in helping Blue Springs to a perfect 14-0 record and a Class 6 state title. Davis had 63 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2013. He also had two pass defelections, a forced fumble and a blocked punt. At 6-3 and 270 pounds, Davis also had four rushing attempts and a five-yard touchdown reception. Davis was a first-team Class 6 all-state pick as a junior and earned second-team All-Metro honors.
Davis first saw varsity action as a sophomore for a 13-1 state championship team, making 16 tackles and a sack. An impressive athlete, Davis ran a 4.67 40-yard dash and had a 32-inch vertical jump at the U.S. Army National Combine.
Davis was ranked among the top five players in Missouri and the top 25 defensive tackles in the country by Rivals.com, 247 Sports and Scout. He was rated as the No. 201 overall prospect in the country by Scout. Davis chose Nebraska after also considering Missouri, and he had numerous offers including Oregon, TCU, Arkansas and Kansas State.
Carlos Davis is the older of the twins by five minutes.
6. Khalil Davis joins his twin brother, Carlos, in the Huskers’ 2015 signing class, giving Nebraska a pair of dominant defensive linemen. The Davis twins come to Lincoln from Blue Springs High School, one of the top prep programs in Missouri. The Davis brothers are the first set of twins to sign with Nebraska since Courtney and Steven Osborne in 2008.
Khalil Davis battled through injuries during his senior season, but tallied 60 tackles, including 26 for loss, and had 9.5 sacks. Davis also doubled as an offensive lineman in the second half of the season, helping Coach Kelly Donohoe’s team to an 8-4 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 6 state playoffs.
For his play in 2014, Davis was a first-team Class 6 all-state selection by the Missouri High School Coaches Association and earned All-Metro honors from the Kansas City Star.
As a junior, Davis played a key role in helping Blue Springs to a perfect 14-0 record and a Class 6 state title. Davis had 62 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and added four sacks. He also forced a fumble, recovered two others and had a pass breakup. Davis’ play in 2014 netted him Class 6 all-state honors, as well as an All-Metro selection.
Davis saw action for a 13-1 state championship Blue Springs team as a sophomore in 2012, making four solo tackles for the Wildcats.
Davis ran an impressive 4.63 40-yard dash and had a 33-inch vertical jump at the U.S. Army National Combine. He chose Nebraska over Missouri and had numerous other offers, including TCU, Oregon, Arkansas and Kansas State to name a few.
Davis was ranked as the No. 3 player in Missouri by Rivals.com, while 247Sports ranked him as the No. 6 prospect in the state. Davis was listed among the nation’s top 25 defensive tackles by both Rivals and 247Sports.
Khalil Davis is the younger of the twins by five minutes.
7. Kansas prep standout Christian Gaylord is part of an impressive group of offensive line talent in Nebraska’s 2015 recruiting class. The 6-6, 275-pound Gaylord was regarded as one of the nation’s top offensive tackle prospects following his prep career at Baldwin High School.
Gaylord was a standout on both sides of the line for Coach Mike Berg. Gaylord helped Baldwin High to a 6-4 record and a trip to the first round of the 2014 Class 4A state playoffs. Gaylord helped pave the way for Baldwin to rush for nearly 2,900 yards, averaging nearly six yards per carry. On defense, he made 47 tackles and had two sacks.
Gaylord was a first-team Class 4A all-state pick by VarsityKansas.com, was named the Lawrence Journal-World’s All-Area team and was an All-Simone Team selection. Gaylord also earned All-Frontier League honors on both sides of the ball.
Gaylord’s play as a junior helped Baldwin to an 11-1 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals. Gaylord earned Class 4A all-state honors as an offensive lineman for his play, and he was also a member of the prestigious All-Simone team.
Baldwin High posted a 7-4 record and lost in the second round of the state playoffs in 2012, as Gaylord earned all-conference honors during his sophomore season. Gaylord also started for the Baldwin High varsity as a freshman.
Gaylord was ranked as the top prospect in Kansas by 247 Sports and the No. 2 player in the state by Rivals.com. He was regarded as one of the top 50 offensive tackles in the country by all major recruiting services. Gaylord played in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Texas in December. Gaylord is a standout for the Baldwin High basketball team, averaging 19.0 points and 7.3 rebounds through late January.
Gaylord committed to Nebraska last February, prior to 2014 National Signing Day and only visited Nebraska. He had numerous offers including Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
8. Stanley Morgan is one of two Nebraska signees from Louisiana and gives the Huskers an outstanding perimeter threat in the passing game. The 6-0, 185-pound Morgan was a three-year standout for St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, annually one of the state’s top prep programs.
Morgan finished his senior season with 46 catches for 891 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing two games with a shoulder injury. His play helped Coach Cyril Crutchfield’s team to a berth in the Class 5A state playoffs. Morgan was chosen as a first-team Class 5A all-state performer for his play as a senior.
Morgan produced big numbers as a junior, helping St. Augustine to a 9-2 record and a trip to the semifinals of the state playoffs. Morgan had 66 receptions for 1,077 yards and 13 touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named a second-team Class 5A all-state pick by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association.
Morgan first showed his play-making ability as a sophomore in 2012. He caught 61 passes for 806 yards and 13 touchdowns, helping St. Augustine to a state semifinal appearance and a 9-4 overall record.
Morgan was ranked among the top 30 receivers in the nation by both Rivals.com and ESPN. Rivals also ranked him as the No. 11 overall prospect in Louisiana, and the 247 composite rankings listed him as the No. 21 recruit in the state.
Morgan only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers including Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Tennessee, Utah and UCLA.
9. DaiShon Neal is one of two in-state prospects in Nebraska’s 2015 signing class, coming to the Huskers from Omaha Central High School. Neal is the Huskers’ first scholarship signee from Central High since offensive lineman D.J. Jones in 2006.
The 6-7, 250-pound Neal is relatively new to football but has shown his ability to dominate in the past two seasons for Coach Jay Ball. As a senior, Neal recorded 51 tackles, including 39 solo stops for the Eagles’ defense. He also had 11.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and six quarterback hurries. He caused one fumble, recovered another and blocked one kick.
Neal showed his versatility and athleticism against Class A state champion Omaha North when he lined up at tight end and caught two touchdown passes. His play helped the Eagles to a 7-4 record and a trip to the second round of the Class A state playoffs. Neal was a first-team All-Nebraska selection by the Omaha World-Herald and a Super State selection by the Lincoln Journal Star. He also earned All-Metro honors from the World-Herald.
Neal saw his first varsity action in 2013 as a junior and quickly showed his raw talent and athleticism. His play helped the Eagles to a berth in the state playoffs. Neal is also a member of the Central basketball team that is ranked among the top 10 in the state, after reaching the state semifinals last season.
Neal was ranked as the top prospect in Nebraska by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and both services listed him among the top 40 defensive ends in the nation. Neal chose Nebraska over Michigan, and also visited Oklahoma, with offers from Oregon and Iowa among others.
10. Eric Lee Jr. is one of four outstanding defensive prospects to join the Nebraska program in January. Lee joins fellow Colorado standout Avery Anderson in the Huskers’ recruiting class, giving Nebraska the top two prospects out of Colorado in the 2015 signing class.
Lee earned first-team all-state honors the past two seasons in helping Valor Christian High to consecutive Class 5A state championship game appearances. The Eagles finished 10-4 in 2014, losing in the state championship game to Cherry Creek High School.
Lee starred on defense for Coach Rod Sherman, while also playing for assistant Coach Brian Dawkins, a former All-Pro NFL safety. Lee had five interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 2014 and also made 59 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack. Lee also rushed 36 times for 359 yards and three touchdowns and had 33 catches for 470 yards and four touchdowns. He totaled 1,120 all-purpose yards in his senior season.
Lee was an All-Colorado selection by the Denver Post for his play and also earned first-team 5A all-state honors from the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Lee helped Valor Christian to the 2013 Class 5A state championship and a 13-1 record. As a junior, Lee was honored as a first-team all-state defensive back by the CHSAA. Lee recorded 45 tackles for Valor Christian as a junior, while intercepting two passes and adding five breakups and three fumble recoveries.
A consensus four-star prospect, Lee was ranked as the No. 1 player in Colorado by Rivals.com. He was ranked among the nation’s top 150 recruits by several recruiting services. Lee was regarded among the top 20 cornerbacks in the nation by Rivals.com, Scout, ESPN and 247 Sports.
Lee participated in the Semper Fi Bowl in California in early January before enrolling at Nebraska. Lee was also named the top performer at the 2014 Mile High 7-on-7 Camp.
Lee committed to the Huskers in February of 2014, after also considering scholarship offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and Oregon State. He was born on Aug. 13, 1996, and is the son of Dana and Eric Lee Sr. Eric Lee Sr. earned his doctorate degree from Nebraska.
11. Aaron Williams is part of an impressive group of talented defenders who joined the Nebraska program in January. Williams starred at Carver High School in Atlanta, where he was one of the top defensive backs in the Southeast.
As a senior, Williams helped Carver High to an 8-3 record and a trip to the Class AAAAA state playoffs. Williams was a dominant defender from the secondary for Coach Darren Myles, racking up 148 tackles, including 101 solo stops. He also had 10 tackles for loss, six breakups and an interception. Williams was also an explosive threat on offense, catching 13 passes for 283 yards, an average of 21.8 yards per catch, and he ran for 116 yards on 15 carries. Williams was a first-team Class AAAAA all-state selection for his play in 2014.
Williams earned first-team all-region honors each of his four years at Carver High and was also a first-team all-state pick by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2013. In his junior season, he helped Carver reach the Class AAAAA plyaoff by racking up 145 tackles, including 109 solo stops. He added six interceptions and four pass breakups.
Williams was regarded as one of the top 75 prospects in Georgia and was ranked among the top 30 safeties in the country by 247Sports. Williams was selected to play in the Rising Senior Bowl in January of 2014, featuring the top 101 college prospects in the state.
Williams committed to Nebraska in May after considering offers from Kansas State, Mississippi State, Cincinnati and Purdue, among others. Williams is the son of Ernest and Felicia Williams, and born on Jan. 1, 1997.
12. Dedrick Young is one of four defensive players who joined the Nebraska program in January. The 6-1, 220-pound Young came to Nebraska from Centennial High in Peoria, Ariz., where he excelled as both a linebacker and running back.
Young’s play on both sides of the ball led Coach Richard Taylor’s team deep into the Arizona Division II playoffs the past three seasons. In 2014, the Coyotes posted a 12-2 record and won the state championship, winning their four playoff games by an average of nearly 30 points per game.
Young keyed the state title season. On offense, he rushed for 1,557 yards and 19 touchdowns with nine 100-yard rushing games. In the final three playoff games, Young rushed for a total of 379 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, he totaled 98 tackles, including 55 solo stops, seven tackles for loss and a sack. Young also added nine hurries, an interception and two breakups.
Young’s versatility was evident in his postseason honors. He was an All-Arizona offensive pick by the Arizona Republic and the publication’s Division II Player of the Year, while the state’s coaches association named him the Division II Defensive Player of the Year.
As a junior, Young rushed for 1,696 yards and 17 touchdowns, while adding 89 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks and three fumbles caused. His play led Centennial High to a 10-2 record and a trip to the state playoffs. Young was an All-Arizona selection as a running back.
Young contributed on both sides of the ball as a sophomore, helping the Coyotes to a 12-2 record and a state runner-up finish. Young rushed for 450 yards and 15 touchdowns, while adding 23 tackles and three tackles for loss.
Young was a consensus top 10 player in Arizona. Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 41 running back in the nation, 247 Sports listed him as the nation’s No. 49 athlete prospect and Scout ranked him as the nation’s No. 34 linebacker.
Young chose Nebraska after also visiting Washington, and he had offers from nearly every Pac-12 school including Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State.