Nebraska inks its 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday; with it comes the inevitable — if often ineffectual — predicting of how the prospects will turn out.
Here are five to consider. The definition of a sleeper is a three-star — preferably a low three-star — and below:
Running back Tre Bryant: He's actually pretty highly-regarded by 247 Sports — so he's not the perfect definition of a sleeper — but he's still underrated. Bryant is one of the best running back recruits in the Big Ten. He's fast, he has good moves, good balance and decent lateral quickness. All that drama and attention that surrounded Kendall Bussey last year? Bryant is just as good.
Cornerback DiCaprio Bootle: You can't teach speed, and Bootle has it. He's also under the radar because he's just a bit undersized and he didn't transfer to powerhouse Miami Southridge until his senior year. But Bootle has a skill set similar to starting Husker corner Chris Jones. Bootle may have to redshirt, but he's a long-term fit and a good student in the classroom.
Defensive end Collin Miller: The late commit has a motor, a couple good moves and a certain tenacity when he gets after ball carriers. His size and athleticism bears some resemblance to former Husker Eric Martin and current Husker Josh Banderas. Miller's advantage over Martin is that he'll spend his whole career at rush end. Give him a few years. You should like what you see. He's compact in a good way.
Offensive guard Boe Wilson: The least-heralded of the four Nebraska offensive line signees is still pretty nasty, faced good competition in the Kansas City area and had an elite head coach at Lee's Summit West High School in Royce Boehm.
Tight end/H-back David Engelhaupt: The Norfolk Catholic star did a little bit of everything in high school, and the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder fits nicely what Nebraska wants out of a versatile blocker/runner/catcher. Engelhaupt's frame is impressive, and may end up being a good steal late in the late process. NU should have offered sooner.