The Cornhuskers may only have five commitments to date, but four of them are four-star prospects who had many other big time offers, and there are plenty of top prospects on the board still considering Nebraska.
Well, there are a few in this class that could qualify as the big one so far, but I think getting Paul Thurston away from schools like Oregon, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, and others makes him arguably the biggest commit on paper so far. Thurston visited a number of other campuses, but it was a great job by the Cornhuskers to get him on campus last and make an impression on him and his family.
One that Got Away:
Touted offensive lineman Evan Boehm had the Huskers in his top group, but chose Missouri.
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp had a lengthy offer list, but chose Nebraska in early May. The kid is clutch, having made many key plays during his team's last two state championship game appearances. He has a great understanding of how to play the position to go along with that big game experience and excellent ball skills. He's the type of kid you just know will find his way onto the field and will find a way to make plays.
The Cornhuskers beat out several of their new Big Ten foes, as well as USC for linebacker Michael Rose. He's a heat seeking missile, a kid that has a nose for the football. I particularly was impressed with the way he handled blockers. The tradition of defense in Lincoln is great and Rose looks like he'll fit right in.
Defensive end Greg McMullen also had a very strong offer list. He's a bigger end, a guy we see as a strong side type, as he is already 260-lbs. He's not necessarily your speed rusher, but he's an all around end who can play the run and the pass.
Tight end Sam Cotton is the sleeper of the bunch, and also a local guy, hailing from Lincoln Southeast. On tape, he's a sure handed receiver, who was able to make some things happen after the catch. A kid who has been around the program a lot and has many ties to the program, he's one of those guys who may not be the flashiest, but I'll bet he has a productive college career.
There are still plenty of spots in this class, and there are many players on the board with Nebraska offers and interest.
Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine, from Edwardsville (Ill.) has a Husker offer and is planning to visit Lincoln soon. Lakeland (Fla.) offensive lineman Evan Goodman also hopes to tape a trip to campus in the near future.
Anthony Alford, a prospect who could play several positions is also considering the Huskers heavily.
In the defensive backfield, Reggie Daniels and Jordan Diggs are both still considering Nebraska. Daniels recently reported that they were in his top group, and Diggs is looking to take a visit soon as well.
One interesting name is LaTroy Lewis, McMullen's teammate and bookend. He does not have an offer, but the pair have talked about playing together in college, so if Nebraska does decide to offer, it could get interesting.