Nebraska’s march toward the 2018 recruiting class has already resulted in three commitments — Cameron Jurgens of Beatrice, Masry Mapieu of York and Eric Fuller of Los Angeles. Who might join them? Here are 25 names to watch:
Calvin Avery, defensive tackle, 6-2, 310, Dallas (Bishop Dunne): Nebraska pulled Damion Daniels out of Dunne; how about his teammate, Avery? NU covets Avery, but will have to beat Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas for him. OU is the real threat.
Kamryn Babb, receiver, 6-1, 190, St. Louis (Christian Brothers College): Natural, polished receiver who’d play immediately in Nebraska’s system.
Cameron Brown, receiver, 6-1, 175, St. Louis (Christian Brothers): Babb’s teammate, Brown is more of a deep threat and speedster.
Moses Bryant, athlete, 6-0, 195, Elkhorn South: He’s run for 4,055 yards in his career and could play receiver or defensive back, too.
Saybein Clark, athlete, 6-1, 195, Sioux City Heelan: Likely a running back in college, Clark has offers from Iowa and Iowa State. Could play defensive back, too.
Will Farniok, offensive lineman, 6-3, 260, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Washington): The youngest brother in the Farniok family — Matt is an offensive tackle at Nebraska — has offers from Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota.
Mario Goodrich, athlete, 6-2, 180, Lee’s Summit, Missouri (West): Likely a cornerback prospect, Goodrich had an excellent all-around season last year. Nebraska wants this target in the 500-mile radius.
Jalen Hall, receiver, 6-3, 175, Los Angeles (Hawkins): The longest of long shots, Hall is the nation’s No. 1 receiver and hails from the same school as Joseph Lewis, who just picked USC over NU. Hall is better, at this point.
Brian Hightower, receiver, 6-3, 195, Bradenton, Florida (IMG Academy): He transferred from Calabasas, California, to the prep superpower in South Florida. He attended a Friday Night Lights camp at NU in 2015. A top-100 prospect, Hightower has offers from Clemson and Alabama, among other schools.
Nikko Hall, receiver, 6-0, 175, Calabasas: He averaged 20.1 yards per catch and scored 12 touchdowns. His old trigger man, Tristan Gebbia, is at Nebraska, but Hall has USC and UCLA offers, too.
Reggie Hughes, linebacker, 6-2, 210, Calabasas: The pipeline has already been built. Hughes, a fast riser, will be in the mix just like Hall.
Adrian Jackson, linebacker, 6-2, 210, Denver (Mullen): The top player in Colorado is almost annually going to get a look from Nebraska; this year, it’s Jackson, who has offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame and the home-state Buffaloes, among others.
Malone Mataele, cornerback, 5-11, 170, Rancho Santa Margarita, California (Catholic): Former Nebraska wideouts coach Rich Fisher has a pretty good defensive back, and Nebraska might be able to snag him.
Trey McBride, tight end, 6-4, 240, Fort Morgan, Colorado: He attended a Husker camp last summer and has an offer from Colorado State.
Daniel Parker, defensive end, 6-3, 270, Blue Springs, Missouri: Arguably the best lineman at any of NU’s camps last summer, Parker hails from the same high school as Husker twins Carlos and Khalil Davis.
T.J. Pledger, running back, 5-9, 190, IMG Academy: A Californian who will play his senior year at IMG, Pledger is friends with current Huskers and IMG teammates with a key NU target later on this list.
Joey Ramos, offensive lineman, 6-4, 270, Glendale, Arizona (Deer Valley): NU may not need a ton of offensive linemen in the 2018 class, but Ramos could play an interior spot.
Antwan Reed, offensive tackle, 6-5, 290, Muskegon, Michigan: His teammate, Andrew Ward, will be a linebacker at Nebraska. Reed transferred back from IMG. Skilled athlete.
Grahm Roberts, running back, 6-0, 200, Wilmington, Delaware (Concord): The younger brother of current Husker Avery Roberts will likely pick the Huskers if the opportunity presents itself.
Zach Schlager, athlete, 6-2, 210, McCook: Two-way star for Class B power was All-Nebraska as a junior. Figures to play to safety in college. Brother Jake starts at Colorado State.
Michael Thompson, defensive tackle, 6-4, 290, St. Louis (Parkway North): Unlimited upside for Thompson, who could carry another 20 pounds with ease. Alabama wants him badly.
Trevor Trout, defensive tackle, 6-4, 295, St. Louis (Chaminade): Giant presence in the middle would make an ideal nose tackle in the Huskers’ new system.
Bryson Williams, defensive tackle, 6-2, 270, Lincoln Southeast: Williams had 58 tackles as a junior, which followed a good performance at last year’s Friday Night Lights camp.
Colson Yankoff, quarterback, 6-4, 200, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: He threw for 53 touchdowns as a junior and he can run an occasional zone read, too — as evidenced by his 986 yards rushing. He’s NU’s No. 1 prospect at quarterback, but he was once committed to Oregon.
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Tyjon Lindsey, a unanimous four-star prospect, appeared at Nebraska’s Friday Night Lights camp and wowed onlooking fans with his speed. In three years at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) High School, Lindsey, Rivals' 62nd ranked player nationally and No. 9 wide receiver prospect, caught 84 passes for 2,126 yards — a 25.3-yard average — and 31 touchdowns.
Mike Riley’s California roots came in handy with Lamar Jackson, right, as the Huskers secured a commitment from the state’s No. 13 player the day before National Signing Day. Jackson was a consensus four-star prospect and Rivals' 76th-ranked player nationally. He was also the highest-rated prospect from California that NU has signed since at least 2002, as far back as the recruiting rankings go.
Eric Lee, a consensus four-star cornerback, committed to the Huskers from Highlands Ranch (Colorado) Valor Christian as Rivals' 119th-ranked player nationally and the No. 1 prospect from Colorado.
Highland (Ill.) High School offensive lineman Tanner Farmer was Rivals' 82nd-ranked player and a four-star by most recruiting services. Farmer has developed into a key cog on NU's offensive line.
Terrell Newby was a consensus four-star running back out of Los Angeles Chaminade High School and Rivals' 75th-ranked player nationally. Newby rushed for 2,239 yards in his career, finishing 23rd on Nebraska's career rushing list.
Paul Thurston came to the Huskers as a consensus four-star recruit and Rivals' 147th-ranked player nationally, but played a limited role on the offensive line. Thurston stepped in for Ryne Reeves in the Foster Farms Bowl and helped NU rush for 326 yards against UCLA. He transferred to Colorado State for his senior season.
Aaron Green picked NU over Texas, Florida State and California and was Rivals' No. 61 player overall. Green had 105 rushing yards while backing up Rex Burkhead as a true freshman, but transferred to TCU before his sophomore season.
Andrew Rodriguez, from Aurora, was a four-star recruit and the 183rd-ranked player, according to Rivals. Rodriguez was a mainstay on the offensive line throughout his NU career, consistently showing the versatility to play multiple positions on the line. He received honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades for his play in 2013, when Ameer Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards, the most by a Husker since 1997. I-Back Braylon Heard was Rivals' No. 57 player overall, but didn't qualify academically.
Cody Green, a four-star recruit, was Rivals' No. 173 ranked player and became NU's first true freshman quarterback to start since Tommie Frazier in 1992. Green threw for 340 yards and three scores while backing up Taylor Martinez as a sophomore, but transferred to Tulsa after the season.
Baker Steinkuhler, a five-star offensive lineman from Lincoln Southwest, was Rivals’ No. 8 player. His father, Dean, won the 1983 Outland Trophy. However, Steinkuhler moved to the defensive line and became a Blackshirt. Steinkuhler had a productive career and earned second team All-Big Ten honors as a senior.
Niles Paul was Rivals’ 73rd-ranked player nationally and a four-star wide receiver out of Omaha North. When he finished his career, Paul’s career total of 4,122 all-purpose yards ranked fifth at Nebraska.
Rickey Thenarse, a four-star recruit, was Rivals' No. 239 player and picked NU over USC, UCLA, California, Colorado, Fresno State, Oregon and Washington. Thenarse ended his Husker career with 106 total tackles and three interceptions. He had a blocked punt in the Gator Bowl win over Clemson.
Marlon Lucky, a five-star running back from California, was Rivals' No. 13th-ranked player nationally. Lucky finished his Husker career as one of the most productive all-purpose players in NU history and his 75 receptions in 2007 is a Nebraska single season record. After his senior season, Lucky's 4,214 career all-purpose yards ranked fourth in school history.
Rivals' 42nd-ranked player nationally, Lydon Murtha — a four-star offensive lineman — was a fixture for the Huskers' line despite being hampered by injuries. He earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors for his role in 2008, helping Nebraska average more than 210 rushing yards per game over the second half of the season and score 30 or more points 10 times.
A four-star recruit, Bo Ruud was Rivals' No. 10 ranked linebacker in 2003. Ruud earned first team All-Big 12 honors in 2006 and finished his career 22nd among Nebraska's career tackle leaders with 216. He finished with six career fumbles forced, four fumble recoveries and five interceptions. Ruud returned three of his picks for a touchdown and his 93-yard return against Iowa State is a record for Husker linebackers.
David Horne, a four-star running back from Omaha Central, was Rivals 78th-ranked player nationally and earned first team All-Nebraska honors from The World-Herald. Horne picked NU over Colorado, Michigan, Notre Dame, Iowa and Iowa State and flashed potential as a true freshman, rushing for 651 yards, the fourth-best total ever by a Husker freshman. However, he was dismissed from the team after his junior year for a violation of team rules.