The hunt for the next Nebraska recruiting class has already begun. Here are some in-state and out-of-state names to watch. The Huskers haven’t yet offered any 2017 prospects in the state of Nebraska.
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Austin Allen, tight end, 6-8/215, Aurora: Also a basketball player, Allen is a tough cover because of his height. He could be an early Husker offer.
Patrick Arnold, center, 6-2/270, Gretna: Aggressive, high-effort lineman who could play either side of the ball. He fits coach Mike Cavanaugh’s toughness quotient.
Broc Bando, offensive lineman, 6-3/250, Bradenton, Florida (IMG Academy): A former lineman at Lincoln Southeast, Bando transferred to IMG last year and now has a Louisville offer. Probably an interior guy.
Jack Begley, defensive athlete 6-3/205, Millard North: Long, athletic and a good playmaker, Begley could attract a lot of offers if the Huskers don’t pounce right away.
Jaylin Bradley, running back, 6-0/180, Bellevue West: Could Nebraska’s 2017 running back be just up the road in Bellevue? Bradley had 1,712 yards and 19 touchdowns in 12 games last season.
Terrell Bynum, wide receiver, 6-1/175, Bellflower, California (St. John Bosco): Attended Nebraska’s satellite camp in California last year. Elite wideout coveted by USC and UCLA.
Tyler Ciurej, offensive lineman, 6-4/270, Bellevue West: Road grader for the state’s best offense last season.
Djimon Colbert, safety, 6-1/185, Shawnee Mission, Kansas (Bishop Miege): One of the best safeties in the Midwest, Colbert is near the top of NU’s junior day list.
Josh Falo, tight end, 6-4/215, Sacramento, California (Inderkum): One of three players from the same high school offered by the Huskers.
Tristan Gebbia, quarterback, 6-2/180, Calabasas, California: Wiry, rocket arm who threw for 4,435 yards and 45 touchdowns last season. Really smokes the ball. Part of Calabasas crew, and he has Huskers in his top five.
Jeremiah Hawkins, athlete, 5-9/165, Buena Park, California: Similar to Derrion Grim or JD Spielman, Hawkins is quick and explosive. Nebraska offered last summer.
Darnay Holmes, cornerback, 5-10/190, Calabasas, California: A five-star athlete and the best player in the Calabasas crew, Holmes has made many visits to Nebraska with buddy Keyshawn Johnson Jr.
Donovan Jeter, defensive tackle, 6-5/285, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania: He’s a long shot, since Ohio State and Penn State are in the mix, but his cousin, Lance Jeter, played hoops at NU.
Keyshawn Johnson Jr., wideout, 6-1/195, Calabasas, California: Linchpin in a group of players from a growing football power. If Johnson picks NU, several teammates might, too.
Santino Marchiol, linebacker, 6-2/225, Bradenton, Florida (IMG Academy): Originally from Colorado, Marchiol visited Nebraska last summer and transferred to IMG in the offseason. He’ll be harder to recruit now.
Jake Marwede, tight end, 6-5/235, Wilmette, Illinois: NU has already offered many tight ends — including one from New Hampshire — but Marwede is in the 500-mile radius.
Dylan McCaffrey, quarterback, 6-4/175, Highlands Ranch, Colorado (Valor Christian): If, for some reason, he doesn’t want to follow brother Christian at Stanford, NU could be an option.
Jaevon McQuitty, wideout, 6-2/190, Columbia, Missouri: Friend of the Calabasas crew. Missouri won’t let him go easily.
Cade Otton, tight end, 6-5/212, Turnwater, Washington: Nebraska offered this tight end early, before Washington and Washington State.
Avery Roberts, linebacker, 6-1/215, Wilmington, Delaware (Concord): Perhaps Nebraska’s top overall linebacker target, Roberts will be hotly pursued by the Huskers, North Carolina and Penn State, among others.
Jeff Thomas, wideout, 5-10/165, East St. Louis, Illinois: One of the top prospects in the 500-mile radius. Lightning fast.
Jon Van Diest, linebacker, 6-1/235, Englewood, Colorado (Cherry Creek): Just got an offer on Feb. 1 from the Huskers. Big hitter who’s mobile.
Noah Vedral, quarterback, 6-2/185, Wahoo Neumann: Top all-around athlete who’s started for two years on the football team. Nebraska is aware of him.
Alijah Vera-Tucker, offensive tackle, 6-4/270, Oakland, California (Bishop O’Dowd): Nebraska still needs tackles, and Riley traditionally recruits the Bay Area like a champ.
Davon Wells-Ross, athlete, 6-5/180, Omaha North: Once he fills out, Wells-Ross could have versatility at the next level. He unofficially visited Nebraska last fall.
Shae Wyatt, athlete, 5-11/170, Millard West: The Wildcat could play more than one position in college, and he has good explosiveness.