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  1. 2012 Apr 09

    Notes From the Recruiting Trail (4/9/2012)

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh - List of scheduled uncommitted visitors for the Spring Game: QB Aaron Bailey WR Kevin Gladney WR Francis Owusu OG Zach Hannon TE Keith Towbridge TE Trent Gow DE Joe Mathis...

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  2. 2012 Apr 09

    The OFFICIAL Husker Locker Podcast (3/31/12) - Spring Shells and Shorts Edition

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    A podcast featuring questions and topics submitted by you, fans of the Big Red:

    - The importance of spring football
    - Offensive and defensive MVP predictions
    - Curious recruiting numbers
    - Battles for prospects
    - Aaron Green's effectiveness


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    Tags: recruiting, aaron green, spring practice, podcast, podcasts

  3. 2012 Apr 05

    The Big Board (4/5/12)

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    1. OLB Josh Banderas, Lincoln, NE – Banderas remains king of the Big Board for the time being.

    Nebraska appears to lead with Iowa State nipping at their heels. Suffice it to say that Banderas is one prospect that the Huskers need to sign for a variety of reasons.

    2. TE Keith Towbridge, Toledo, OH – Things remain static with No. 2 as Towbridge is still scheduled to visit Lincoln for Nebraska’s spring game. Getting a tight end locked up early would be a huge relief and Towbridge seems the ideal candidate.

    3. QB Aaron Bailey, Bollingbrook, IL – Malik Zaire and JT Barrett both bid adieu to the Tremendous Ten. While Barrett may return, Bailey has a firm hold on the No. 3 spot. With Zaire off to Notre Dame (for the moment, at least), Bailey is likely Nebraska’s primary target for a high school quarterback.



    4. DB Priest Willis, Tempe, AZ – Willis has slowly crept his way into the top five as he’s collected offers, balled out in offseason camps and kept his interest open.

    With USC seemingly pulling in anyone they want at this point, Willis seemed like a lost cause. Thanks to his mentor, former Husker Toby Wright, he’s likely to at least consider an official visit to Lincoln.

    5. S Tahaan Goodman, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – With teammate Chris Hawkins committing to Southern California, it would seem like Goodman’s a lock to join him.

    It was somewhat surprising that he and Hawkins didn’t get their offers at the same time. It’s not as if Goodman’s chopped liver when it comes to defensive talent and overall athleticism.

    USC’s still considered the team to beat, but if Nebraska wants Goodman, the Huskers have to strike while the opportunity is there to get their foot in the door.

    6. OT Kenny Lacy, Phoeniz, AZ – If it’s Arizona, it’s Ron Brown’s turf and while he couldn’t pull in Andrus Peat last cycle, Kenny Lacy would be a prize.

    Pac-12 teams are locking down the west coast for the most part with USC and UCLA doing the most work. Lacy appears to be waiting for the Trojans to finally present him with an offer.

    Much like with Goodman, this would be Nebraska’s time to make a push.

    7. TE Jon Wisnieski, West Des Moines, IA – A new arrival to the Big Board, Wisnieski attended Nebraska’s Junior Day and it appears to be a Heroes’ Game battle for the Iowan tight end’s services at this point.

    While Wisnieski won’t be able to come in for the Spring Game, he is working out a future unofficial visit. If Nebraska can lock down both he and Towbridge, it’d be a major victory for this recruiting class.

    8. ATH Elijah Qualls, Petaluma, CA – Every school that jumped on Qualls early did their homework. The California native is a bruiser playing both running back and defensive end for Casa Grande High School.

    He projects well at the running back position and could help Nebraska fill the void Rex Burkhead will leave. The more glaring hole will be left by Will Compton’s departure, though.



    9. DE Christian Lacouture, College Station, TX – Lacouture would’ve been SEC-bound with his hometown Aggies, but the Bayou Bengals may take him instead.

    LSU is pushing hard to get him among their ranks, but having Nebraska’s defensive coordinator accompany Rick Kaczenski should speak volumes to Lacouture about how serious the Big Red is in their intentions.

    10. DE Joe Mathis, Upland, CA – Mathis is a bit of a longshot, but worth noting. He has a slew of offers, tremendous size and fantastic speed.

    Considering Nebraska’s lack of experience on the defensive exterior, he could come in and make an immediate impact, but that could be said about a number of his potential choices.



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  4. 2012 Apr 03

    Notes From the Recruiting Trail (4/3/2012)

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh - When Terry Joseph was brought on, I ran over the prospects he was in on and one jumped out at me immediately: Mackensie Alexander. There's not going to be any outlandish...

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  5. 2012 Mar 31

    The OFFICIAL Husker Locker Podcast (3/31/12) feat. ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

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    A podcast featuring questions and topics submitted by you, fans of the Big Red:

    - Nebraska’s QB recruiting situation
    - The importance of the Husker women’s gymnastics title
    - Can Erstad’s crew keep on keeping on at this pace?
    - The Spring Game on BTN: Good thing or great thing?

    ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg stops by and talks:

    - Taylor Martinez's recently hard work in and out-of-state
    - School vs. school scrimmages
    - Nebraska/Northwestern II
    - Will Nebraska have a better/performance in the B1G this season?
    - Rick Kaczenski and Terry Joseph's impact in 2012
    - Nebraska defensive line play
    - Cam Meredith's upcoming season

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    Tags: recruiting, gymnastics, baseball, spring game, taylor martinez, cam meredith, northwestern, rick kaczenski, terry joseph, podcast, podcasts, adam rittenberg

  6. 2012 Mar 29

    Notes From the Recruiting Trail (3/29/2012)

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh - I threw the reel back out this week, and it appears that Nebraska’s best communication with a quarterback at this point is with Aaron Bailey. He’s scheduled to visit...

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  7. 2012 Mar 28

    Audible Audibles feat. Former UNC Safety Michael Felder

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    Husker Locker's Brandon Cavanaugh sits down with some of the best and brightest minds in college football as new guests come in left and right to be part of Audible Audibles.

    This week, former UNC safety Michael Felder rejoins the program to talk hardcore football.

    Topics include:

    - Nebraska's QB prospects at this point in the recruiting cycle
    - What if Virginia Tech's hoss QB Logan Thomas took snaps for the Cornhuskers?
    - Replacing center Mike Caputo: Necessary size, traits and how soon the starter should be named
    - The most important aspect of a play that the Huskers need to make sure their new center can take care of
    - Nominations for the inaugural Jet Award
    - How Terry Joseph and Bo Pelini can solder together the secondary

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    Tags: recruiting, logan thomas, mike caputo, jet award, terry joseph

  8. 2012 Mar 27

    Notes From the Recruiting Trail (3/27/2012)

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh - Josh Banderas recently tripped to Vanderbilt and “loved it.” James Franklin is a great coach, and while he’s not quite on the level of Paul Rhodes in terms of a threat...

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  9. 2012 Mar 23

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Notes From the Recruiting Trail (3/23/2012)

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh Okay, today's more of a note (singular), but it's significant. - The recruitment of linebacker Nick Ramirez is getting downright weird. Last anyone knew, the staff was high...

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  10. 2012 Mar 22

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board (3/22/12)

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    1. OLB Josh Banderas, Lincoln, NE – A flip happens at the top spot after Banderas somewhat surprisingly received a new offer from Iowa.

    While the Hawkeyes give him plenty of opportunity to do his thing as an interior linebacker, if he’s going to commit to a Big Ten school, it’ll likely be Nebraska. The Cornhuskers’ biggest competitor in this race may very well be Iowa State.

    While it’s been assumed for some time now that Banderas will be a Husker, underestimating Paul Rhodes hasn’t ended well for Nebraska.

    Banderas still wants to get his decision out of the way before his senior year. At this stage, the wait seems to be about offer-padding and enjoying the spotlight. There’s nothing wrong with that.

    2. S Tahaan Goodman, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – While Goodman continues his slow and steady pace, his teammate and former Big Board member Chris Hawkins recently visited Oklahoma and things are apparently narrowing down for him.

    It wouldn’t be a shock to see Hawkins commit by mid-season. This will truly test just how badly Goodman and Hawkins want to remain teammates.

    3. ILB/HB Chans Cox, Lakeside, AZ – Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon all want Cox’s verbal commitment, but it doesn’t appear that they’re going to be getting it any time soon.

    With Cox still nursing his shoulder, expect the love to keep coming from Nebraska as the opportunity for versatility as a Husker appears tempting.

    4. TE Keith Towbridge, Toledo, OH – Towbridge is now scheduled to attend Nebraska’s Spring Game. He’ll also be taking in Louisville's in mid-April as those two events are during his spring break.

    It would do Tim Beck well to feature tight end Kyler Reed as much as we’ve heard early this spring. Ben Cotton is arguably Nebraska's best run blocker, so being pitched as a tight end that can contribute in multiple ways wouldn't hurt Nebraska's pitch at a position of need.

    *NEW* 5. DE Christian Lacouture, College Station, TX – Deon Hollins leaves the Big Board by way of commitment to UCLA, but his replacement should raise some eyebrows. You’ll note that Christian Lacouture’s from College Station, Texas a.k.a. home the SEC-bound Aggies.

    He was their first commitment of the cycle, but decommitted after staff turnover. Nebraska has some stiff competition, but they’re far from out of this fight.

    LSU, Michigan, Missouri will also also be fighting for his commitment and A&M wants to regain it. He’s familiar with what the Aggies have to offer. Now it’s time for another school to wow him and likely split his eventual choices down the middle.

    Unless a school shows him an amazing time and checks every possibly desire off his list, this could be a tight race between A&M and one or two other schools. There’s enough love going both ways to indicate that Nebraska could get the Big 12 back for a few bad calls.



    6. DB Priest Willis, Tempe, AZ – Willis has a full dance card for the near future. He’ll be participating with B2G Sports in Las Vegas this weekend before headed to Southern Cal’s campus to participate in a Nike event.

    Scheduled visits over the next several weeks include Virginia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Florida, Florida State and Miami (FL). Will some time open up for the Huskers in April? We’ll find out soon.

    7. QB JT Barrett, Wichita Falls, TX – This is a critical juncture in Barrett’s recruitment. He’ll be returning from his unofficial visit to Baylor where the RG3 wooing was no doubt in effect. If the Bears soar up the charts, it’s not an impossible mission for Nebraska to snag him, but it’s going to be difficult.

    Fortunately for the Huskers, they also had a Heisman trophy winner who was a dual-threat quarterback that can be touted. Unfortunately, it’s been a while since he’s been on television. Patience is the name of the game with Barrett.

    8. OT Kenny Lacy, Phoeniz, AZ – Lacy’s starting to lay out his visit plan with trips to Cal and UCLA in the near future. While he plans to take things slow, UCLA was tenacious with Deon Hollins, and he’s now a member of their class.

    While that may happen with Lacy, expect a press to be put on him if the Bruins truly want him. Nebraska still remains in the conversation and badly need a player of Lacy’s size and caliber. The Huskers are also the only Big Ten team he appears to be giving much consideration right now.

    9. QB Malik Zaire, Kettering, OH – With Zaire pushing back his announcement due to Alabama and Ohio State’s presence, the air seems almost gone from the Big Red balloon. While things could turn on a dime (as evidenced by Zaire’s own recruitment), this battle appears to be coming to a head with the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide as the two leaders.

    The good news is that if that’s the case, we’ll know by mid-summer as that’s when Zaire is slated to make his announcement. Should he commit elsewhere, expect Nebraska to start looking for JUCO quarterbacks in addition to keeping up with other current offers.

    10. ILB Nick Ramirez, Lee’s Summit, MO – While Nebraska has had Ramirez on their radar for a while now, other schools are gunning for the Missouri native just as hard. We’ve covered Arkansas’ exploits, but don’t count the home state Tigers out.

    With Pinkel’s crew headed to the SEC, they know they’ll have to step up their recruiting game if they want to be more than a middle-of-the-pack team. We’ll see how things develop over the next week to determine whether or not Ramirez drops from the Big Board.

    Mike Minter Watch: Nothing to see here, folks. That’s a good thing.

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  11. 2012 Mar 21

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Audible Audibles Feat. CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli

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    Husker Locker's Brandon Cavanaugh sits down with some of the best and brightest minds in college football as new guests come in left and right to be part of Audible Audibles.

    This week, fellow FWAA member, recruitnik and CBS Sports' own Tom Fornelli pulls up a chair.

    Topics include:

    - Does Nebraska need to be more physical or faster to rule the Big Ten roost?
    - What position of need do the Huskers need to focus on most during the 2013 cycle?
    - Can Terry Joseph have a large impact as just one person in SEC country?
    - Do uniforms make a shred of difference in the recruiting game?

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    Tags: spring football, recruiting, terry joseph, uniforms

  12. 2012 Mar 15

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Notes From the Recruiting Trail (3/15/2012)

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    More Terry Joseph aftershocks and a Charles Jackson update.

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  13. 2012 Mar 15

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board (3/15/12)

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    1. S Tahaan Goodman, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Goodman continues to take his recruitment slow and steady. Due to his abilities, he’s getting the red carpet treatment everywhere he goes, and deservedly so.

    He's headed to Las Vegas during the end of March with teammate Chris Hawkins and B2G Sports for some seven-on-seven-style competition, so expect things with Goodman to simmer.

    2. OLB Josh Banderas, Lincoln, NE – Banderas has been visiting recent spring practices and he’ll likely be hanging around Lincoln for the foreseeable future, however the Huskers have to deal with an old nemesis: Paul Rhodes. Iowa State appears to be making a strong press for Banderas.

    He’s mentioned in the past that he wants to get his decision out of the way before his senior season. Being one of the best prospects in the Cornhusker State, he might simply be trying to enjoy the limelight of being pursued heavily by other schools while he can.

    3. ILB/HB Chans Cox, Lakeside, AZ – Cox’s shoulder is still bugging him, so don’t expect his dance card to be filled with offseason camps. He recently visited Arizona State’s Junior Day with Goodman, and being an in-state prospect, was likely was put on the spot to commit.

    Much like Goodman, Cox isn’t rushing anything. If ASU did press, it may come back to bite the Sun Devils should another school like Nebraska play things cooler before making a stronger push.

    4. TE Keith Towbridge, Toledo, OH – Things remain calm for Towbridge. No visits appear in his future, however look for Nebraska to get him in for the Spring Game, if possible.

    5. OLB Deon Hollins, Jr., Missouri City, TX – Hollins leaps back into the Big Board’s top five after shunning what seemed a sure thing in committing to Texas A&M.

    The Aggies remain a threat to land Hollins, but Nebraska has rebounded strongly as has Arkansas. Expect a combination of Terry Joseph’s SEC knowledge and the charm of Bo Pelini himself to go into Hollins’ recruitment from this point forward.

    6. DB Priest Willis, Tempe, AZ – Willis has been taking things easy, which seems to be the theme of the Big Board this week. We’ve got to take Spring Break into consideration, too. He headed home to visit family this past week, and his interest hasn’t slumped, so he remains a part of the list.

    7. ILB Nick Ramirez, Lee’s Summit, MO – With all of the recruiting battles Nebraska and Arkansas are having as of late, meeting in a bowl or scheduling a non-conference game seems in order.

    Regardless, Ramirez is highly interested in the Razorbacks at this point. As we saw with Hollins, it’s never a good idea to write someone off entirely, but Ramirez’s lean to Fayetteville appears strong right now. We’ll see if the Big Red can pull him back in the coming weeks.

    8. QB JT Barrett, Wichita Falls, TX – Thanks to Malik Zaire pushing back his originally scheduled announcement period, Barrett re-enters the Big Board.

    He's been in close contact with Baylor, and Art Briles undoubtedly is pushing the RG3 line while showing off renderings of the Bears' new stadium. Tim Beck needs to hop on Facebook as Barrett has an unofficial visit scheduled for Waco next week.

    9. QB Malik Zaire, Kettering, OH – An offer from Alabama and Ohio State beginning to pursue more heavily causes Zaire to both drop a spot and be passed by another quarterback.

    The two powerhouses’ presence doesn’t mean Nebraska can’t lock up the Ohio native, but it’s obviously going to be a far more ruthless battle. Expect all Ohio connections to be used, but if Nick Saban wants Zaire, even Terry Joseph’s newly-acquired SEC recruiting knowledge isn’t enough to stop him.

    10. OT Kenny Lacy, Phoeniz, AZ – Lacy strong-arms Zach Hannon out of the Tremendous Ten due to, get this, Hannon’s extreme interest in Arkansas. Lacy would be a fine consolation prize if the Huskers can’t gain the Kansas native's commitment.

    At 6’5” 265 pounds, he has a fantastic frame to build on. In what appears to be a growing trend among Big Board members, he plans to take all five official visits and make a decision towards the end of the process.



    On Hold: DB Mike Minter, Lincoln, NE – – It's not that Mike isn't loved, we’re just waiting for the eventual yea or nay. In the meantime, Minter has a permanent spot on the Big Board until things are made official. Anticipate word of that by the end of summer.

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  14. 2012 Mar 13

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Notes From the Recruiting Trail (3/13/2012)

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    Tons of quarterback news and a big time prospect may follow Joseph to Nebraska.

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  15. 2012 Mar 08

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board (3/08/12)

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    1. S Tahaan Goodman, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – This week officially marks the split of the Rancho Duo for now. Goodman’s pace has continued to be slow and steady as a few teams are starting to come to the forefront, mostly from Pac-12 country.

    California, Oregon and Washington are three teams to keep an eye on, but there’s plenty of time for Goodman to see all that there is to see between now, his play over the summer with teammate Chris Hawkins on B2G Sports’ elite teams, and after his official visits.

    2. OLB Josh Banderas, Lincoln, NE – Banderas now has offers from Nebraska, Kansas State, Iowa State and Tulsa. The first three are the ones he initially wanted, so with his coveted trio in hand, why play the waiting game?

    If Banderas insists on sitting on his offers, the Cornhuskers may find themselves ramping things up with other outside linebackers in addition to keeping up with him.

    3. ILB/HB Chans Cox, Lakeside, AZ – Making a Jordan Westerkamp-esque jump into the top three is Cox, a guy who sat in the lower half of initial Big Boards as a linebacker. There’s no doubting his ability at that position, but Nebraska has a different plan for Cox.

    Causing many Husker fans to scratch their chins, Nebraska is the only school to offer him as an offensive weapon as an H-Back. Apparently, Cox digs the idea and could end up as a member of the 2013 class before the summer wraps up.

    4. TE Keith Towbridge, Toledo, OH – It’s about time a tight end made the Big Board, and of course he’s from Ohio. What might excite Husker fans most about Towbridge is that he’s closer in stature and style to current TE Kyler Reed at 6’4” 240 pounds (Reed is 6’3” 230) than he is to blocking behemoth Ben Cotton (6’6” 255).

    Tight end’s another area of severe need as once Reed and Cotton depart following 2012, only David Sutton and Cotton’s brother Sam remain. Look for Nebraska to not only go the high school route with guys like Towbridge, but also keep an eye on any major JUCO prospects.



    5. ILB Nick Ramirez, Lee’s Summit, MO – Arkansas is hot on the trail of Ramirez and with good reason. The Razorbacks are familiar with what he’s capable of as he’s been close on film to teammate Jamone Boyd.

    Boyd received an offer as he walked out of the Razorbacks’ Junior Day. Ramirez doesn’t appear in a hurry to commit as he, much like Big Board No. 1 Tahaan Goodman, wants to see all that is available to him.

    6. CB Chris Hawkins, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – A big drop for Hawkins, but remember the Big Board isn’t only about need. Talk of academics is always prominent early in any recruiting cycle, and about 99 percent of it is lip service. Hawkins’ is that other one percent.

    It appears that some of the west coast academic powerhouses are starting to press. Since he wants to get his pledge out of the way prior to his senior season, Hawkins could easily be off this list by next week due to commitment.

    7. QB Malik Zaire, Kettering, OH – Bad news and good news. The bad news is that not only does Zaire still have that Ohio State offer, Nick Saban and Alabama have extended one as well.

    The good news is that Nebraska remains in Zaire’s plans and he’s looking to visit in the near future. The Cornhuskers are going to have to wow him to keep the allure of the Buckeyes and Tide at bay.

    8. DB Priest Willis, Tempe, AZ – Willis’ offers continue to pile up, but his recruitment could go the distance. Right now, he appears focused on preparing for summer 7-on-7 work with B2G Sports much like fellow Big Board members Goodman and Hawkins.

    9. OL Zach Hannon, Kansas City, MO – Hannon continues to slowly march up the Big Board, and it’s about time to see what he truly thinks of the Cornhuskers.

    He’s scheduled to make a trip to the Big Red homeland in the coming weeks and there’s plenty of love going both ways. At this rate, Hannon could be getting a big bump in the weeks to come.

    10. DB Mike Minter, Jr., Lincoln, NE – No news is good news with Minter. Assuming this continues for another week, we may have to sit him aside as a placeholder. For now, he keeps his spot at No. 10.

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  16. 2012 Mar 07

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Notes From the Recruiting Trail (3/7/2012)

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    In-depth news on OLB Josh Banderas and Deon Hollis's visit plans.

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  17. 2012 Mar 02

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Notes From the Recruiting Trail (3/02/2012)

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    Check the current recruit roster for the Spring Game, visit news and how a scholarship or two may open up after spring football.

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  18. 2012 Mar 02

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board (3/02/12)

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    Note: All new additions will have highlights posted if available. If no highlights are accessible and prospects remain on the Big Board, highlights will be shown as soon as they become obtainable.

    1. S Tahaan Goodman, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Goodman’s teammate Chris Hawkins was recently offered by Oklahoma. The idea of having the California duo as a package must sound tempting to the Sooners as Goodman now holds an offer from the crimson and cream as well. There is one notable difference between the two, however...

    2. CB Chris Hawkins, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Hawkins has frequently mentioned that he’d like to get his decision out of the way before his senior season begins. Goodman seems to have a more laid back approach.

    While the two likely want to play at the same school, it appears they may not be as attached at the hip as initially thought. As of this writing, the two are still scheduled to visit for Nebraska’s Spring Game.

    3. OLB Josh Banderas, Lincoln, NE – Mostly quiet on the Midwestern front for another scheduled Spring Game visitor. Banderas now has three offers: Nebraska, Kansas State and Tulsa.

    It’ll be interesting to see if he continues to hold out long past the conclusion of the Huskers' spring football. It’s possible that he could wait until May or June to see if any other schools show interest, but it’s in Nebraska’s best interest to secure his commitment now, and likely in Banderas' to close things down.

    4. OLB Deon Hollins, Jr., Missouri City, TX – Hollins was scheduled to visit this weekend, but unfortunately is unable to. He reportedly does want to reschedule, likely for the Spring Game. It’s a shame that Nebraska wasn’t able to get him in for a visit, but it’s still early in the process. If the Cornhuskers can get Hollins in for the Spring Game and an official visit while fighting the likes of Arkansas, that’s a step in the right direction.

    5. ILB Nick Ramirez, Lee’s Summit, MO – Marcus McWilson, we hardly knew ye as he flies from the Big Board due to commitment to Nebraska.

    Despite McWilson being a Cardinal Mooney guy, any prospect in Ohio coveted by a staff other than the Buckeyes needs to be locked down immediately. He’s an unlikely flip should Meyer come calling, though. Pelini’s got too much stroke in Cardinal Mooney’s hallways.

    Meet his replacement, Missouri native Nick Ramirez. He visited Nebraska for its Junior Day on February 18 and the Big Red shows major interest in the 6’2” 225-pound prospect. Will Compton departs following the 2012 season and depth must be built to lessen the blow of losing his veteran knowledge.



    6. OLB Shane Jones, Cincinnati, OH – Jones will be tripping to Michigan and Illinois this month, and while he still doesn’t have an Ohio State offer, a different challenge has emerged for Nebraska. Oklahoma not only has their eye on Goodman and Hawkins, but is also interested in Jones’ services.

    At this point, there appears to be interest in Nebraska on his behalf, but not much is coming out of the Huskers’ camp. He may end up dropping off the Big Board before too long if the silence keeps up.

    7. DB Priest Willis, Tempe, AZ – Willis is the proud owner of yet another big time offer. LSU is now calling and with Corey Raymond switching addresses from Lincoln to Baton Rouge, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him assigned to Willis.

    Terry Joseph may already have a way to make an impact if he’s wearing red around the same time that LSU starts making more phone calls and visits. Battling a passionate Raymond for Willis’ services would be difficult, but if it comes down to the Cornhuskers and the Bayou Bengals, Joseph may earn his keep very early in his Nebraska career.

    8. QB Malik Zaire, Kettering, OH – Does this story sound familiar?: Nebraska’s after a highly coveted dual-threat quarterback. Said quarterback is also very interested in Notre Dame and will be giving the Irish a hard look. No, it’s not Bubba Starling Part II, but Zaire will be listening to what Notre Dame has to say intently.

    However, he’s not playing games. He may very well find himself a member of someone’s recruiting class come the end of April. While brawling with Notre Dame over a quarterback isn’t a desirable position, Zaire’s been talking with Nebraska primarily through offensive coordinator Tim Beck.

    While the Kettering native is good with his feet, he’s even better with his arm. Beck could be talking up plans of implementing the same system that took Kansas to the Orange Bowl.

    9. OL Zach Hannon, Kansas City, MO – Bashing cornerback Cole Luke out of the No. 9 spot is another member of SEC country (sure, why not?).

    Some list Hannon at tackle, others at guard, but Nebraska needs the former in a bad way and at 6’6” 295 pounds, he can be built as necessary. Hannon appears to be giving love to the home state Tigers along with now-fellow SEC member Arkansas.

    He also attends Rockhurst High School, which likely sounds familiar to diehard Husker recruitniks. This would be because de facto recruiting coach and incoming linebacker Michael Rose is an alumnus.

    Rose won’t keep quiet if he’s given the green light. He’s proven that much this past cycle. He’s just the weapon to combat anything Missouri or Arkansas can throw at Hannon.



    10. DB Mike Minter, Jr., Lincoln, NE – Dropping Minter to the bottom of the Big Board isn’t anything personal, but he’s the only one on this list without an offer. The name of the game is “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” If he can prove that rumors of personal issues are put to rest for Nebraska’s coaches, he’ll get an offer and will be off the Big Board before you can blink.

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    Tags: recruiting, big board

  19. 2012 Feb 29

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Notes From the Recruiting Trail (2/29/2012)

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    What does Marcus McWilson’s commit mean in the long run? Nebraska after LB Chans Cox in a curious way and another spring game attendee.

    Tags: recruiting

  20. 2012 Feb 28

    Husker Heartbeat 2/28: Raymond's Replacements, Another Commit and a Husker Makes First-Team All-Big Ten

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Corey Raymond makes LSU his fourth coaching stop in just over a year. Who replaces him?

    - Nebraska locks up their second commit of this cycle; Charles Jackson may be a Cornhusker after all

    - Some of spring football's most prominent storylines make their way to the forefront

    - Jordan Hooper named First-Team All-Big Ten

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    Tags: corey raymond, recruiting, jordan hooper

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