Focus on Recruiting as Five Weeks Remain Until Signing Day
As the classic tune played throughout Smokey and the Bandit said, "We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there". That sort of sums up what remains between now and February 5th (the day that high school recruits can sign their letters of intent) for Nebraska in recruiting.
The math says that the Huskers could sign up to another 7 players beyond the 19 commitments that they already have. Five players are set to visit, so ideally you'd want that number to grow. There will also be a lot of in-home visits for coaches to make in the closing weeks of recruiting season.
Among the scheduled visitors in January is smallish New Orleans cornerback Glenn Irons. The only real competition appears to be Louisiana-Lafayette for this under-the-radar defensive back. You'd imagine that once he experiences a campus visit he'll feel a strong pull to Lincoln. Only the proximity to home gives LA-Lafayette any chance for his commitment.
The competition is substantially greater for Dallas running back Corey Avery. He has offers from Baylor, Ohio State, and Texas Tech to name a few. His official visit to Lincoln is the only one known so far, so that could help substantially.
A pair of offensive tackles are set to visit but each player has a long list of suitors, including Oklahoma and Arizona State in both cases. If you needed a reason to root against the Sooners tonight, that might be it. Though the idea of rooting for Nick Saban makes the skin crawl. Denzel Ward hails from Chicago and Kenyon Frison from Utah. Either or both would be nice additions to the o-line.
While Florida defensive end Kevin Bronson has a lot of interest in the Southeast including offers from South Carolina, Florida, Central Florida, Virginia Tech and Arkansas, he's leaned to Rutgers so far in the process. Clearly, he's had an open mind to playing in the Big Ten. The Huskers have addressed this position fairly well in the 2014 class, but there's always room for another quality prospect on the defensive line. He'll be a late visitor so NU will have to work hard to stay in the hunt with earlier visits with the Gamecocks and Hokies to happen.
Even if the Huskers go 5-5 with this group, that still leaves a pair of openings. The major needs have been addressed so you could see Nebraska simply look to add quality depth wherever they find it. That could mean another quarterback (beyond the early arriving Zack Darlington), another defensive tackle, an interior offensive lineman, linebacker, or receiver. There's plenty of work to hold the existing commitments as well.
Stay tuned, there's sure to be plenty of recruiting news over the next 35 days.