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  1. 2011 Aug 07

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board 8/7

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    Time spent on the Big Board is in italics

    1.) OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, AZ): Peat has narrowed his list down to a final four: Texas, Florida State, Notre Dame and Nebraska. He visited the Longhorns during the July 22 weekend and there’s plenty of room for offensive tackles of Peat’s caliber on their depth chart. However, it appears that this race will come down to Florida State and Nebraska.– 11 weeks

    2.) QB Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, NJ): As it stands, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin have made the cut for Fuller’s services, but those 14 can't breathe easy just yet. Fuller plans to update this list, potentially as soon as this Friday. – 11 weeks

    3.) QB Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, TX): It’s come down to two schools: Nebraska and Southern Miss. Armstrong will take his official visit to Nebraska the week of September 17 when Nebraska plays host to the Washington Huskies. As of now, he’s only set up the one visit to Lincoln and may very well commit if the Huskers shellac the Huskies like they did in Seattle last year. - 7 weeks

    4.) CB Brandon Beaver (Compton, CA): With Nebraska’s cornerback depth dwindling following this season combined with the unknown status of 2010 recruit Charles Jackson, Nebraska needs to get at least two quality players at the position during this cycle. Beaver would be a huge get and has already set his official visit for September 10 when Nebraska takes on the Fresno State Bulldogs. – 4 weeks

    *NEW* 5.) CB Tyreece Jiles (Cape Coral, FL): Speaking of big-time cornerbacks, Jiles would be a solid complement to Beaver. Jiles is friends with current Big Board members Jordan Diggs and Ghierry Van der Kuyp. He’ll be visiting along with Diggs for Nebraska’s first Big Ten home game versus Ohio State setting the stage for both a huge win and commitment.

    6.) DT Vincent Valentine (Edwardsville, IL): Husker coaches John Garrison and John Papuchis have been burning the midnight oil working to snag Valentine’s commitment. It’s paid off in a big way as it appears that he’s a Nebraska lean. This should be considered an impressive feat as he also has offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida and several other major FBS programs. Allegedly, he wants to wait until December or January to commit, however it wouldn’t be a shock if he was in the fold well before then. – 11 weeks

    7.) S Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral, FL): Papuchis is hot on the trail of Diggs as well. As mentioned, he’ll be joining his friend Tyreece Jiles for the Ohio State game. He loves the Blackshirt tradition. Recent first-round NFL draft pick Prince Amukamara and senior cornerback Alfonzo Dennard are two players that have shown Diggs what he can become in Bo Pelini’s secondary. His commitment could come with Jiles’ following the tilt with the Buckeyes. – 4 weeks

    8.) DE Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, NC): Another Ohio State game attendee, Bullard’s an unknown at this point. If he makes the trip, that’ll be a huge milestone on the way towards garnering his commitment as the game day atmosphere has been known to sell itself. Nebraska is going to have to fend off a number of SEC and ACC powers to land this North Carolinian prospect, but it can be done. – 3 weeks

    9.) WR/ATH Ghierry Van der Kuyp (Hialeah, FL): Van der Kuyp wants to be in town for the Ohio State game with Jiles and Diggs, but that trip has yet to be lined up. At first, it looked like Nebraska wanted to plug him in at cornerback. Thanks to interest from the likes of Beaver, the Cornhuskers look to develop his athleticism at receiver where he could be even more effective. – 5 weeks

    10.) DE Taiwan Johnson (Manvel, TX): If Nebraska secures the commitments of the aforementioned Bullard and Taiwan Johnson, they’ll get an “A” for securing badly needed, quality depth. The Cornhuskers have an opportunity to take another step closer toward that tremendous trifecta as Johnson will be visiting on September 17 for the Washington game. – 5 weeks

    Dropped out: TE Orlando David

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    Tags: andrus peat, devin fuller, tommy armstrong, ghierry vanderkuyp, vincent valentine, jordan diggs, brandon beaver, tyreece jiles, taiwan johnson, kenny lawler

  2. 2011 Jun 28

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board 6/28

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    Time spent on the Big Board is in italics

    1.) OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, AZ): The last time we updated the Big Board, Peat had 13 schools that he was looking at, but that number appears to be shrinking in a hurry. He’s publically said that both Notre Dame and Nebraska will be in it until the end, but watch out for Florida State to put the full-court press on Peat. – 6 weeks

    2.) QB Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, NJ): Fuller’s upcoming visit to Nebraska in July could be what seals the deal or causes him to look elsewhere. The Cornhuskers allegedly run an offense similar to the one he’s currently a part of and that sense of familiarity works in Nebraska’s favor. The longer Fuller goes without committing after the visit, the worse it is for the Huskers’ chances. – 6 weeks

    3.) QB Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, Texas): It’s become apparent that Anthony Alford’s commit is a pipe dream and that he’ll likely be an SEC quarterback, but one signal-caller who has been getting plenty of pub lately is Steele High School’s Tommy Armstrong. Nebraska’s in dire need of a quarterback this cycle and with the amount of attention that Armstrong’s been getting, it wouldn’t be shocking for him to be that guy. - 2 weeks

    *NEW* 4.) WR/ATH Ghierry Vanderkuyp (Hialeah, FL): Vanderkuyp’s name has been on the lips of many in recent weeks, so it seems appropriate to make him this week’s first new name on the Big Board. His athleticism allows him to play on both sides of the ball, but with Nebraska’s deep receiving corps, expect the Cornhuskers to chat him up about starting at safety.

    5.) DT Vincent Valentine (Edwardsville, Illinois): Nothing much new to report out of the Valentine camp, but at this point no new is good news. Valentine's been a fan of John Papuchis and the NU defensive staff for quite some time now and that doesn't appear likely to change in the near future. – 6 weeks

    *NEW* 6.) S Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral, FL): Diggs’ commitment would be somewhere in between Greg McMullen’s and Andrus Peat’s. He’d easily be one of the best athletes in the class and wouldn’t you know it? He’s coming to visit Nebraska in late July. Coaches John Papuchis and Corey Raymond have been his key contacts and the Cornhuskers have been putting plenty of energy into recruiting Florida. It’s time for it to pay off.

    *NEW* 7.) CB Brandon Beaver (Compton, CA): Nebraska’s had the luxury of a deep, talented and experienced corps of defensive backs, but the cornerback position is quickly becoming razor-thin. Beaver recently worked out at the B2GSports camp at UCLA with a busted hand and had some issues as a result. Once healed, he’ll prove why he’s arguably one of the best in the country.

    *NEW* 8.) TE Orlando David (Hollywood, FL): Just because Sam Cotton committed to Nebraska doesn’t mean that the race for a tight end is over. Sam’s film on defense appears more impressive than his tight end work, so a switch to defensive end isn’t out of the question. David still has plans to visit Nebraska during the fall and other programs are starting to take notice of the Floridian tight end.

    *NEW* 9.) DE Taiwan Johnson (Manvel, TX): Nebraska continues to try and fill the defensive end ranks as they go after another highly-touted athlete in Johnson. Wide receivers coach Ross Fisher and John Papuchis, who would be his position coach at Nebraska, have two of the best relationships with Taiwan according to the athlete himself.

    10.) WR Kenny Lawler (Upland, CA): Lawler may be on borrowed time when it comes to his stay on the Big Board as Nebraska’s not looking to take too many wide receivers. With the commitment of Jordan Westerkamp a few weeks back, one has to think that the door is closing at Nebraska. He still wants to take his visits this fall, but if the Cornhuskers lock up all needs on offense, he may be left out of the class. – 3 weeks

    Dropped out: TE Christo Kourtzidis (Comitted to Florida State), TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Committed to Southern California), QB Anthony Alford

    Past Big Boards: 5/16 5/24 6/2 6/7 6/17

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    Tags: andrus peat, devin fuller, tommy armstrong, ghierry vanderkuyp, vincent valentine, jordan diggs, brandon beaver, orlando david, taiwan johnson, kenny lawler

  3. 2011 Jun 17

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board 6/17

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    Husker Locker takes a look at the ten prospects most likely targeted as the most coveted by Nebraska in terms of overall talent, position need, interest and a few intangible factors.

    Time spent on the Big Board is in italics

    1.) OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, Arizona): Peat’s going to start working his way around campuses across the country over the next few weeks with his first trip being to Notre Dame this weekend. He appears to have the summer booked in terms of trips, but like his brother Todd, his decision could come down to the wire. Expect at least one visit to Nebraska. – 5 weeks

    2.) QB Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, New Jersey): Rutgers continues to stick in Fuller’s mind, but Nebraska’s image hasn’t faded at all. He recently snagged offer No. 30 from Ohio State which appears more symbolic than anything as he’s bonding well with about six other teams who aren’t staring sanctions in the face. – 5 weeks

    3.) QB Anthony Alford (Petal, Mississippi): Nebraska hasn’t been faring well against the recruiting efforts of LSU. With excellent programs in both baseball and football, that may be the case again with Alford. The good news is that with the Cornhuskers’ baseball staff being rounded out, they can make a true full-court press on the dual-sport athlete. – 5 weeks

    4.) DE Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio): McMullen is entertaining other offers, but Nebraska’s still the team to beat. He’ll likely be visiting Lincoln yet again in another effort to see just how comfortable he can get with the surroundings. He’s taking a very methodical approach to his recruitment but should be a Husker commit in the end. – 4 weeks

    5.) DT Vincent Valentine (Edwardsville, Illinois): Big Vince has two schools that stand out the most in Nebraska and Florida with the Cornhuskers leading. It sounds like he wants to take some visits before deciding, but he has mentioned previously that he would like to stay closer to home. – 5 weeks

    *NEW* 6.) QB Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, Texas): The first of three new prospects this week, if you followed recruiting at all last year, you likely remember Texas running back Malcolm Brown. Brown was often mentioned in the same breath as Cornhusker Aaron Green. The connection is that Armstrong was Brown’s quarterback. There are some very positive feelings between both the Nebraska staff and Armstrong about his future in Lincoln.

    *NEW* 7.) TE Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, California): With the prospect of bringing in Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and Terrell Mitchell dwindling a bit, Kourtzidis looks like the next best thing. He recently visited Lincoln and appeared impressed. He’s another prospect that may leave the Big Board, but this time in favor of the Cornhuskers as he could make his decision as soon as July.

    *NEW* 8.) DE Taiwan Johnson (Manvel, Texas): Another Big Board newbie, Johnson has been proactive in his approach towards Nebraska. He knows that the need is there for defensive ends and while he’s unlikely to come in and contribute immediately at 6’3” 235 pounds, he could easily be molded by Nebraska strength and conditioning coach Jim Dobson into a punishing redshirt freshman.

    9. WR Kenny Lawler (Upland, California): Lawler gets bumped up a spot following his trip to Nebraska’s camp. Right now, the Cornhuskers are the only team outside of the Pac-12 that Lawler is truly considering. He will likely be taking his officials before making a decision, but Nebraska made an first-rate impression after rolling out the red carpet. – 2 weeks

    10. TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, California): As time goes by, it appears that JCF is going to stick out west for his college career. He’s been tripping to a few schools, but from all indications if Southern Cal offers, it's over. John Garrison is the reason he stays on the Big Board as he’s arguably the fiercest recruiter that Nebraska has on staff and is JCF’s primary contact. – 5 weeks

    Dropped out: ILB Donavin Newsom, OG Evan Boehm (Both committed to Missouri), TE Terrell Mitchell

    Past Big Boards: 5/16 5/24 6/2 6/7

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    Tags: andrus peat, devin fuller, anthony alford, greg mcmullen, jalen cope fitzpatrick, vincent valentine, tommy armstrong, christo kourtzidis, taiwan johnson, kenny lawler

  4. 2011 Jun 07

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board 6/7

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    Time spent on the Big Board is in italics

    1.) OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, Arizona): Peat slashed the number of schools that he’s considering down to 13 last week. Arizona residents were somewhat shocked that neither FBS in-state school was in the mix. While no official leaders have been named, USC and Nebraska appear the teams to beat for now. – 4 weeks

    2.) QB Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, New Jersey): With plans to visit Nebraska finalized, Fuller will get the full court press once he arrives in Lincoln. Thanks to his multiple roles, Jamal Turner might find himself buddying up to Fuller. Turner could be just the guy to show Fuller the future of Nebraska’s potentially high-octane offense. – 4 weeks

    3.) QB Anthony Alford (Petal, Mississippi): Alford’s sticking to his guns about wanting to play football and baseball in college. With the hiring of former dual-sport athlete Darin Erstad as head baseball coach, Nebraska has a unique recruiting tool. If anything is going to pry Alford out of SEC country, the combination of Tim Beck, Ron Brown and Erstad may be it. – 4 weeks

    4.) DE Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio): McMullen made no bones about his feelings towards Ohio State. According to the Detroit Free Press he said, “If they get more sanctions thrown on them for the long term, then I’m not going there. I want to know how it feels to play in a Big Ten championship and know how it feels to play in a bowl game.” – 3 weeks

    5.) DT Vincent Valentine (Edwardsville, Illinois): Vince isn’t budging for now especially with no signs of his interest dropping. Side note: He is one of ten Illinois prospects nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American game. Fellow Illinois resident and Nebraska commit Jordan Westerkamp is also a nominee. – 4 weeks

    6.) TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, California): Cope-Fitzpatrick is quickly climbing up target boards across the country including many in his local circles. Word is that there is plenty of mutual interest between Jalen and these schools. Nebraska must show that they have plans for more pass-catching tight ends in the mold of Kyler Reed to have a chance. – 4 weeks

    7.) ILB Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Missouri): The Missouri Tigers held a camp at De Smet Jesuit High School at which Newsom was the only absent expected attendee. However, he did take a trip to Columbia recently. Nothing stands out to indicate that any one school leads between his three favorites of Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. – 4 weeks

    8.) OG Evan Boehm – (Lee's Summit, Missouri): The Boehm camp has been very quiet for the past few weeks. Nebraska’s depth at guard is talented, but young. They need to continue stocking up on talent at this position to help ease the learning curve. – 4 weeks

    9.) TE Terrell Mitchell (Fort Scott, Kansas (Fort Scott CC): Missouri’s name popped up last week as a potential new suitor for Mitchell. Now, the Tigers may have been bumped by the Oklahoma Sooners. Mitchell’s presence at Fort Scott alone gives Nebraska a chance at landing the big-bodied tight end. – 4 weeks

    10.) WR Kenny Lawler (Upland, California): Lawler sticks on the Big Board for a second week as he’ll be visiting Lincoln this weekend. Nebraska should be able to obtain plenty of information about Lawler during his stay. If he’s still looking to set up an official visit to Memorial Stadium in the next week or two, that would speak volumes about the Cornhuskers’ relationship with Lawler. – 2 weeks

    Past Big Boards: 5/16 5/24 6/2

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    Tags: andrus peat, devin fuller, anthony alford, greg mcmullen, vincent valentine, jalen cope fitzpatrick, donavin newsom, evan boehm, terrell mitchell, kenny lawler, recruiting

  5. 2011 Jun 02

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board 6/2

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    Time spent on the Big Board is in italics

    1.) OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, Arizona): Another week and Peat’s still here. There’s some good news for Nebraska: He’s narrowed his list down to 13 schools. As of right now, Nebraska, Florida, Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas, Auburn, Miami (FL), Arkansas, Florida State, Alabama, Michigan, Stanford and Southern California are in the running. – 3 weeks

    2.) QB Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, New Jersey): Much like Peat, Devin ain’t budging. Also like Peat, there’s good news: Fuller will be visiting Nebraska this summer. While the likes of Michigan and UCLA are after Fuller right along with Nebraska, there’s one school that will be very pesky in this fight: Rutgers. – 3 weeks

    3.) QB Anthony Alford (Petal, Mississippi): Things are heating up for this dual-sport athlete. Much like Bubba Starling, he wants to play both football and baseball in college. It’s going to be tough to pull Alford out of the south, but Nebraska appears to be one of the few schools farther to the north that he’s giving any legitimate attention to. – 3 weeks

    4.) DE Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio): Greg’s update depends on whether you think the glass is half full or half empty. Greg appears to be looking at more schools and will likely get to know Luke Fickell. The Buckeyes are hanging onto McMullen’s interest by a thread. You’ve got to think that if they get hit with sanctions, he’s done with them. – 2 weeks

    5.) DT Vincent Valentine (Edwardsville, Illinois): Vince will likely hit up Nebraska for one of his official visits this year. What will work in the Cornhuskers' favor is the need for depth on the defensive line and Vincent sounds to be more of a homebody. There may be a Big Ten clash for his services later on in the cycle. – 3 weeks

    6.) TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, California): It sounds like Jalen may be hopping off of the Big Board before a number of his list-mates. Cope-Fitzpatrick wants to make his decision within the next two months. It’s time for the Huskers to book it to California early and often if they want to secure his commitment. – 3 weeks

    7.) ILB Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Missouri): Newsom’s narrowing things down and he’ll either be wearing a shade of yellow or red. Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska are the three teams that have the opportunity to add Newsom to their ranks. – 3 weeks

    8.) OG Evan Boehm – (Lee's Summit, Missouri): Things could be heating up with Boehm’s recruiting. He’s expressed that he wanted to wait until June and when his track dates are wrapped up. Here we are. Expect to hear more about Boehm in the near future. – 3 weeks

    9.) TE Terrell Mitchell (Fort Scott, Kansas (Fort Scott CC): It sounded like Mitchell was about ready to pull the trigger and become a Cornhusker, but from the sound of things Missouri is making a strong push. Tight end is a position of need for Nebraska, so they’ll need to lock down the Fort Scott pipeline quickly if they want Mitchell. – 3 weeks

    *NEW* 10.) WR Kenny Lawler (Upland, California): Lawler’s a current Arizona State commitment, but don’t let that fool you. His verbal pledge to the Sun Devils is anything but firm. It was originally thought that he’d be unable to visit Nebraska this summer for camp, but good news! He’s going to be in Lincoln in a couple of weeks. Rich Fisher has an opportunity to snag another fantastic wide receiver prospect.

    Dropped out: C Ty Darlington (2 weeks spent on the Big Board)

    Past Big Boards: 5/16 5/24

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    Tags: andrus peat, devin fuller, anthony alford, greg mcmullen, jalen cope fitzpatrick, vincent valentine, donavin newsom, evan boehm, terrell mitchell, kenny lawler, ryan klachko

  6. 2011 May 31

    ASU Verbal Lawler Tripping to Nebraska?

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    A current Arizona State commitment had to cancel his plans to visit Nebraska, but will plans change?

    Tags: kenny lawler

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