HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

New Orleans (Warren Easton)

DID YOU KNOW

Jefferson was an Oklahoma commit since August, but he flipped to Nebraska during a late January visit to Lincoln. He then took a visit to Indiana before finally signing with NU on Wednesday afternoon.

THE GURUS SAY

A three-star prospect according to all four major recruiting services, Jefferson also was listed as honorable mention all-metro in talent-rich New Orleans. Rivals ranks him as the 42nd-best player in the state, as does 247Sports. USA Today tabbed him as a Louisiana all-stater.

OTHER OFFERS

Indiana, Oklahoma, TCU, Mississippi State, Miami, Arizona State, Missouri

ABOUT JEFFERSON

Projects to an outside linebacker spot at Nebraska because of his pass-rushing skills. High school coach Tony Hull says Jefferson's first step is "hard to handle." As proof, he recorded 13 sacks his last two years of high school ball and had 14 tackles for loss as a senior. Competed in track and basketball at prep level.

OUR TAKE

Fits the defensive bodytype profile this coaching staff seems to have an affinity for, the versatility of which could enable him to fit at various spots depending on future need and body development. In the meantime, could be among a host of similarsized special teams demons groomed to make future kickoff and punt coverage units a strength. Hits with force — he caused four fumbles his senior year — and plays well in traffic with a magnet for the ball carrier. Decent speed for size and excelled in big-boy high school football in Louisiana. That's a good start.

HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

Washougal, Washington (Camas)

DID YOU KNOW?

Lightbourn didn't get many reps in 2015. He spent most of the high school football season recovering from an MCL injury.

THE GURUS SAY

He's a three-star prospect, according to every recruiting site except Rivals (two stars). The specialist evaluation website KohlsKicking.com ranks Lightbourn 12th nationally among punters and 17th among kickers.

ABOUT LIGHTBOURN

He received his first scholarship offer from Nebraska in August, but he likely had the attention of the former Oregon State staffers well before that. He's from Washougal, Washington, which is just a few minutes from the Washington-Oregon border. Portland is a 30-minute drive away. His high school team participates in Washington's highest classification and finished as the state runner-up in 2013. Lightbourn has worked the camp circuit, too, earning high praise at a Kohl's Kicking camp in 2014. He visited Nebraska for the Iowa game and made an oral commitment that weekend, choosing the Huskers over Washington.

OUR TAKE

After his first few practices at Nebraska, special teams coach Bruce Read was especially complimentary of current punter Sam Foltz's athleticism and booming leg. Lightbourn appears to have similar talent — and he's got size. He'll likely redshirt and use 2016 to get ready for a full-time punter role after Foltz graduates. He's also expected to handle kickoff duties, and he could kick field goals, if needed. Nebraska's coaches have said they'd like to extend scholarship offers to each of their top specialists — kicker, punter and long snapper. They'll sleep easier knowing they have a replacement-in-waiting for the talented Foltz.

HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

Fishers, Indiana (Hamilton Southeastern)

DID YOU KNOW?

Miller attended the same high school as former Husker Randy Gregory. And both were, at one point in their careers, committed to Purdue.

COACHSPEAK

"He's been a great leader for us. A high-energy kid. Practiced like he played — with a high motor. I thought he did a great job of leading by example. He's just a good kid. There's always a smile on his face."— Hamilton Southeastern coach Scott May

THE GURUS SAY

He's a three-star prospect, according to all four recruiting services. Rivals ranks him 34th among outside linebackers. He's a top-20 player in Indiana, according to 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN.

OTHER OFFERS

Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Arizona State, Louisville, Duke, West Virginia, Pitt

ABOUT MILLER

Local schools started showing interest in Miller after he spent much of his junior season as an outside linebacker in Hamilton Southeastern's 3-4 system. His tenacity and physicality made him difficult to block. He had 66 tackles and 10 tackles for loss as a junior. Purdue came calling the next summer, and Miller jumped on board. But after he finished his senior year, more regularly as a weakside defensive end, Miller opened his recruitment back up. Nebraska offered him in January, and he selected NU a couple of weeks later. Miller recorded 11 sacks and 25 tackles for loss and was an Associated Press and USA Today all-state team honoree.

OUR TAKE

Miller seems to be the exact fit for an immediate Nebraska need: fast-twitch, play-making defensive ends. There's a suddenness to his style of play that will suit him well at the next level; he's not necessarily a sprint-past-you prospect, but he brings a level of physicality that amplifies his quickness. Might get a look as a third-down specialist this fall.

HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

San Juan Capistrano, California

(San Juan Hills)

DID YOU KNOW?

O'Brien worked with the same personal quarterbacks coach (Steve Calhoun) as former Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. O'Brien started working with Calhoun during his eighth-grade year. He's also worked out with former USC quarterback Cody Kessler.

O'BRIEN SAYS

"It lights a fire. It motivates you to really prove to fans I can be what they want me to be, be as good as they think I can be, and not let them down." — On the expectations of fans

COACHSPEAK

"If he comes in, he learns very quickly and he's the best guy, we would play him. We would play him. We would do that for sure. But we don't want to force anything. We want to make sure his process isn't rushed or overloaded. Having this extra spring will help him — it'll show us where he's at and have a chance, as we're going forward, to make a decision if he's going to be ready or not." — Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf, on whether O'Brien can win the starting job as a freshman over senior Tommy Armstrong

THE GURUS SAY

O'Brien is a four-star quarterback according to 247Sports, Rivals and Scout. He's a high three-star prospect according to ESPN. 247Sports and Rivals rank him among the top 10 quarterbacks nationally. All told, O'Brien is NU's highest-rated quarterback commit since Harrison Beck in 2005. O'Brien is bigger than Beck, though. He may not have as strong of an arm.

OTHER OFFERS

Texas Tech, Colorado State, UNLV

ABOUT O'BRIEN

A lifelong resident of San Juan Capistrano, O'Brien grew up playing a variety of sports — including swimming and baseball — before choosing to focus on football around his freshman year of high school. O'Brien didn't start until his junior year and didn't pick up his first college offer until last April, from Nebraska. The late blooming nature of his high school career didn't hurt him, though, as he completed more than 75 percent of his passes and accounted for 40 total touchdowns in his senior season at San Juan Hills. O'Brien made it to the Elite 11 finals — he was not among the 11 winners — and had a standout spring on the 7-on-7 circuit. He didn't take any other visits before choosing NU.

OUR TAKE

O'Brien is the prototypical pro-style quarterback with just enough speed and mobility to be a reasonable running threat if Nebraska needed to execute a zone read play. He has good arm strength, accuracy on shorter routes and, at least on film, above average recognition of open receivers in a scheme. He places balls in the right spots, especially in the red zone. O'Brien is an excellent long-term fit for coach Mike Riley's system.

HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

West Des Moines (Valley)

DID YOU KNOW?

John is the son of Scott Raridon, the starting right tackle on the 1983 Husker offensive line who played next to Outland and Lombardi winner Dean Steinkuhler. Scott Raridon also played high school football for Barry Alvarez in Mason City, Iowa.

RARIDON SAYS

"When I committed to Nebraska, I was sure that's where I wanted to go, and it hasn't changed since. For the most part, I kind of enjoyed being done with the recruiting process."

COACHSPEAK

"It was fun to have him around the weight room, have him around the program, because he just kind of set the bar. He was a real leader for us for about three years, in just everything. Just a no-nonsense kid." — West Des Moines Valley coach Gary Swenson

THE GURUS SAY

Recently named to the Scout All-America team, and the recruiting service ranks him as the No. 54 prospect nationally and the No. 2 offensive guard. Rivals calls Raridon the No. 1 prospect in Iowa, and also ranks him No. 156 overall nationally and as the No. 9 guard. ESPN has him No. 5 at his position. Three-time selection to Des Moines Register all-class Elite Team for Iowa.

OTHER OFFERS

Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Iowa State

ABOUT RARIDON

The bloodlines would have suggested such potential, for sure. In addition to his father playing at Nebraska and being a sixth-round pick in the 1984 NFL draft, two older brothers were Division I signees — Scott Jr. to Notre Dame and Sam to Wisconsin. John Raridon was already starting by the latter half of his freshman season and an all-state pick as a sophomore at West Des Moines Valley, and had committed to Nebraska a few games into his junior season. Stayed with NU through the coaching change despite a solid offer list. "His resolve to go to Nebraska was firm all through the process, and I think that's cool," Swenson said.

OUR TAKE

No doubt a big get for NU, with Raridon featuring a nice blend of skill, toughness, athleticism and power. Versatile enough to play either tackle or guard, but likely projects at guard with Huskers. Broke through during the latter part of his freshman year to start at West Des Moines Valley, so Raridon probably won't hesitate to launch himself into the mix at the earliest chance he gets.

HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

Fort Pierce, Florida (Central)

DID YOU KNOW?

Simmons' godfather is former Nebraska All-America defensive back Wonder Monds, who played corner for the Huskers in the mid-1970s. Simmons cited Monds' influence as one reason he picked NU.

COACHSPEAK

"He's a very versatile player and he's a tremendous leader. He's very emotional and plays with a lot of passion. He's very good off the edge. He's extremely versatile." Central coach Josh Shaffer in the TC Palm

SIMMONS SAYS

"I'm an energy-type guy. When I turn it on, I turn on the whole defense. That's when we start fighting. I'm a team player because I can control the whole defense. If players on the field tell me they want to change coverages, I can change it for them, especially the defensive linemen. If they want to stunt, I can call a stunt."

THE GURUS SAY

All four major recruiting services regard Simmons as a three-star prospect. He's rated highest by ESPN, which has Simmons as the nation's No. 15 inside linebacker. He was No. 4 in the TC Palm Super 11, a ranking of the best players around the "Treasure Coast," which includes Fort Pierce and Vero Beach, among other towns, on the Atlantic Ocean side of central Florida.

OTHER OFFERS

Indiana, Maryland, Miami, Louisville, Cincinnati

ABOUT SIMMONS

Simmons has been a starter for three years at Fort Pierce Central, filling a variety of roles, usually manning the middle linebacker spot. In 2014, Simmons logged 64 tackles and 19 tackles for loss. After that season, he got an offer from Miami — which he called his "dream school" — and committed to the Hurricanes. But by the summer, he was considering Nebraska and picked the Huskers instead. Simmons' senior year was one for the books: 139 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and five forced fumbles, all from his middle linebacker spot.

OUR TAKE

Simmons has his work cut out for him if he wants to play linebacker quickly for the Huskers, since NU has two linebackers — Josh Banderas and Tyrin Ferguson — who fit the bill in the middle. Simmons has a nose for the ball, though, and plenty of passion for the position. He needs to settle in, find a role on special teams early and work on getting quicker off the ball. Simmons is a fierce hitter and good pass rusher.

HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

Eden Prairie, Minnesota (Eden Prairie)

DID YOU KNOW?

Spielman is one of six children adopted by Rick and Michele Spielman. Rick is the general manager of the Minnesota Vikings; Rick's brother is former NFL player and current ESPN broadcaster Chris Spielman. JD stands for James Donald, and he was adopted when the Spielmans lived in Chicago.

COACHSPEAK

"I always thought he was good enough to play college football. He grew up being a ball boy for the Vikings for years, so he's been around the game." — Eden Prairie coach Mike Grant on Spielman choosing to play college football over lacrosse, arguably his top sport

SPIELMAN SAYS

"I wanted her to see the school and meet the coaches before I made a final decision. Once I knew she liked it as much as I did, I was all in." — On selling his mom, Michele, on picking Nebraska over home state Minnesota

THE GURUS SAY

All four major recruiting services deem Spielman a three-star prospect. 247Sports rates Spielman the No. 19 athlete in the nation. Spielman was named Mr. Football in the state of Minnesota and is a top-six prospect in the state, according to all four services.

OTHER OFFERS

Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State

ABOUT SPIELMAN

JD grew up in a football family and played the game for many years. But for most of high school, he was even better at lacrosse and had planned on playing collegiately at Ohio State with his older brother. But Spielman turned his focus toward football in the last year and immediately attracted top offers from around the Big Ten. To pull Spielman away from Minnesota, where Eden Prairie teammate Carter Coughlin is headed, Nebraska had to sell the entire family on the decision. Spielman didn't disappoint in his senior year, scoring touchdowns on the ground, as a receiver and returning a kickoff, punt and interception. Spielman played running back, gaining 1,259 yards on 102 carries. He caught 13 passes for 213 yards.

OUR TAKE

Compact, fast and tough, Spielman is special, combining elements of Ameer Abdullah and De'Mornay Pierson-El into a similar-sized package. That doesn't mean Spielman will be as good as those players, but he does have excellent lateral quickness and good acceleration, and he warms to contact on the field. Spielman won't be able to run away from guys the way he did in high school, but don't underestimate his skill set and his ability to contribute as a true freshman.

HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

Ashland (Ashland-Greenwood)

DID YOU KNOW?

Stille was an unbeaten Class B state wrestling champ at 220 pounds last year. He currently is ranked No. 1 at heavyweight as a senior.

STILLE SAYS

"It just added a little extra adversity to help prepare me." — Stille on dealing with often being the focus of opposing offenses last season

COACHSPEAK

"He does a great job of getting off the ball and using his hands. His ceiling is very high, I believe. He's just scratching the surface of what he needs to do." — Ashland-Greenwood coach Ryan Thompson

THE GURUS SAY

Ranked as the No. 2 player in Nebraska and the No. 27 strongside defensive end nationally by 247Sports. Listed as a three-star prospect by all the recruiting services, and Rivals has him as the No. 43 weakside defensive end overall. First-team World-Herald All-Nebraska pick for 2015.

OTHER OFFERS

Iowa, Iowa State, Wyoming, Ohio, Vanderbilt, Army

ABOUT STILLE

Good, natural athlete who is capable of playing tight end or defensive end, but has been told that he will start out on the defensive side. Despite seeing extra attention from opponents, Stille managed 17 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 17 quarterback hurries, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles as a senior. Changed his body between his junior and senior seasons, and expects to eventually be about 255 pounds by the time he reports in June. Wrestling background has helped with his footwork and use of leverage. Helped the Bluejays to an 8-3 record last season and a trip to the Class C-1 quarterfinals, also catching 26 passes with five TDs on offense while handling kicking and punting chores on special teams.

OUR TAKE

Mark down Stille as the kind of in-state player Nebraska high schools need to produce and the Huskers then need to develop (think Drew Ott). Raw tools are good, but he does face an obvious step up in competition that will require an adjustment. The Husker cupboard got pretty bare at defensive end, so Stille might be coming along at a good time. Having a near-4.0 GPA doesn't hurt his chances of acclimating quickly.

HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

Lone Tree, Colorado (Regis Jesuit)

DID YOU KNOW?

Nebraska signed two of the top three prospects in Colorado, according to Rivals, with Stoll at No. 3 and JoJo Domann at No. 2. Top-ranked Carlo Kemp is headed to Michigan.

STOLL SAYS

"It will mean the world to me. Going to a program that gets 90,000 for every game? That's just ridiculous. It will just push me to work harder and always do the best I can for them."

THE GURUS SAY

Stoll is ranked as the No. 38 tight end nationally by both Scout and Rivals, and No. 59 by 247Sports. All three also put him as a three-star prospect, and his highest Colorado rank is No. 3 by Rivals. Picked to the All-Colorado team by the Denver Post and was a second-team Class 5A all-state selection by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

OTHER OFFERS

Texas, Colorado, Air Force, Colorado State, Virginia

ABOUT STOLL

Stoll came down to Nebraska and Texas as his final choices. Interest from Northwestern, Penn and Princeton gives you an idea of his academic standing. Senior season included 32 receptions for 434 yards and a team-high six touchdowns as Regis Jesuit finished 9-3. Regis Jesuit moved to a spread offense his senior season, so it gave him an increased opportunity to split out wide and perfect some of his route-running. But Stoll grew up playing offensive line, so he knows how to do that kind of dirty work, too. Some good bloodlines, with three uncles who played at Notre Dame and a cousin who will be a senior at Ohio State.

OUR TAKE

Nebraska has to like his ability to be effective both as an in-line blocker and receiver who can flex out. Stoll likely will get bigger — and needs to get bigger — to handle the Big Ten size and grind. The Huskers will have three seniors at the position next season (Cethan Carter, Sam Cotton, Trey Foster), but Stoll will join redshirt freshman Matt Snyder as two of the most important pieces going forward.

HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

Lee's Summit, Missouri (West)

DID YOU KNOW?

Wilson is the Huskers' third offensive line commit out of the Kansas City area in the last four years, following Christian Gaylord (2015, Baldwin, Kansas) and Zach Hannon (2013, Kansas City). Wilson also is from the same high school as Monte Harrison, a 2014 signee at receiver who signed a professional baseball contract.

WILSON SAYS

"I'm a big, nasty road grader."

COACHSPEAK

"Boe is one scrappy cat. He's a finisher who loves to lock on to you and drive you to the ground." — Lee's Summit West coach Royce Boehm to Rivals

THE GURUS SAY

The consensus three-star is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in Missouri and No. 42 offensive guard nationally by 247Sports. ESPN lists him No. 7 in Missouri, and Rivals has him No. 12 in the state and as the No. 43 guard

OTHER OFFERS

Purdue, Indiana, Louisville

ABOUT WILSON

Although projected as a guard, Wilson played center in the Under Armour All-America Game and some tackle in high school, so there is versatility. He's an experienced player after being a three-year starter for Lee's Summit West. "He just gets the job done," Boehm said. Wilson said the family atmosphere sold him on NU, and particularly with offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh. Wilson picked Nebraska over Louisville. Also throws the shot put and discus for Lee's Summit West.

OUR TAKE

Good competitor who plays with an edge, so not somebody who will shy away from the challenge. That said, Nebraska has some good young guards in the system, so Wilson will have some work to do to climb the ladder once he gets here. Although Lee's Summit West struggled last fall, he comes from a winning program and played on a 2013 Titans team that finished 13-1 and won a Missouri Class 5 state championship.

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