Good Weekend for Future Offense

Nebraska received some good news over the weekend when it comes to having players for the future on offense.  First came the news that offensive tackle Matt Finnin was granted an extra year of eligibility.  Then came three commitments from tackle Nick Gates, wideout Glenn Irons, and running back Mikale Wilbon. 

 

Finnin joined NU a year ago as a four-star junior college transfer.  He was listed second on the depth chart at left tackle which makes him a likely starter next year.  The additional year means he can also come back for the 2015 season as well.  

Gates is also a four-star tackle prospect who goes about 6'5" and 270 lbs.  He joins the Huskers from Las Vegas.  He'll certainly benefit from a redshirt year to add weight.  His highlight film shows him piling up pancake block after pancake.  He also seems to be a very good baseball player though there's been no indication he'll compete at the college level.

Irons is an under-the-radar prospect primarily due to his small size.  He's listed between 5'9" and 5'10" and from 148 to 170 lbs.  He plays for the same New Orleans program as recent receiver commit Jariah Tolbert.  The number of small players in the 2014 class may reflect the changing landscape of college football.  As rulemakers tend to legislate so many of the violent hits out of the game, the premium may be on speed over size more than ever before.  Irons has a similar build to former West Virginia receiver and return specialist Tavon Austin.  Austin was a high first round draft pick.   It's hard to imagine that happening even as recently as five years ago.  The film on Irons shows a player who adjusts very well to the ball, so he doesn't need a perfect throw to make the catch.  

Wilbon is a little less under the radar as a four-star recruit, but the Chicago product also has a similar build to Ameer Abdullah at 5'9" and 195 lbs.  His film shows a player with vision, balance, change of direction and a north-south running style.   

With only one more weekend to go until signing day and three to four slots remaining in the recruiting class, there can still be a lot of activity over the next nine days.  The Huskers are set to host a pair of defensive ends and a safety, though these things become especially fluid down the stretch.  As always, stay tuned.

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Tremendous weekend for recruiting..our top tackle recruit all year commits , followed by a guy who can spread the field with speed and instantly better our return game, and finally the guy who can run behind the road grader and get into the end zone .. Welcome to the family guys!

Let’s see what the haters have to say for themselves now! I’m sure they find some way to bash the excellent weekend our coaching staff put together.

That bumps the boys in Red up to #30 in the class ranking, with more to come, and they will surely land in the top 20 when it’s all said and done early next month.

I’m proud of the work the coaches have done. I’m over 100% behind Bo and co. GBR!

Seen video of Mikales he does remind me of AA. “Mikales Navy” with the destroyers in front of him on the line looking good.

larr, “Mikales Navy”, ROFL

580’
Um yea, Recruiting them is the ‘easy’ part. Playing them correctly and developing them into top tier players is not so easy. Let’s not gloat just yet until he wins and wins convincingly with HIS recruits. Top 20? I don’t see that in any way. He still has signing day and the usuall de-commits (most teams do).

OU7Times is correct.  Not top 20 in either recruiting class or preseason team ratings for 2014 season.  I am trying to understand where excitement comes from for NU future program based upon who Pelini is able to land as new recruits.

580: “I’m sure they find some way…”  right on queue.

Nu Realists. I have a hard time figuring out how you wake up in the morning.. Everything’s so damn negative ... I think you should find help for that, mad and negative are not the right way to go about your day.. Even you should be able to admit it was a good weekend and move on.. But no , you’re too stubborn to at least admit they are nice additions .

Well, it certainly has been a good recruiting class so far. Since NU has decided to keep Pelini for at least this upcoming season, let’s watch and see what he does different this season in regards to improvements.
At least now he is hauling in a respectable class and now if he doesn’t produce, he will not have any excuses.

I think that’s a fair assessment.

class now #30 on rivals and #6 in big ten with these guys. 
GBR

ESPN has NU’s class now #40 down a spot with these guys.
GBR

247 sports has NU’s class #35 up one spot with these guys
GBR

I think OU7 and Realista are the same person   If they aren’t they should at least move in together.

scout has NU 34th and 6th in the conference.
GBR!
research is kinda fun…..

Not the same person. We just want results is all.

You should try it.

Ou so basically what you are saying is that it doesn’t matter what the recruit is ranked or what your class ranking is, it is if you can develope them?? (“Um yea, Recruiting them is the ‘easy’ part. Playing them correctly and developing them into top tier players is not so easy)  So than why are we complaing about where the recruiting class is and not in the top 20 class??  Ice cream or apple pie hummm can’t have both.

Not sure where you got that. I didn’t say that. You just did.

I am saying ‘great!’, now you have solid recruits of your own, now do something with them. If Chris Peterson can develope players that produce Pelini should be able to do it with a bigger brand name to work with than Boise State ever had.

Not every college has the pull to get top recruits but still do amazing things. Those are coaches (Peterson) that continuously did more with lesser * value kids. He developed them into real solid COLLEGE players.

“Um yea, Recruiting them is the ‘easy’ part. Playing them correctly and developing them into top tier players is not so easy. Let’s not gloat just yet until he wins and wins convincingly with HIS recruits. Top 20? I don’t see that in any way. He still has signing day and the usuall de-commits (most teams do)”.  And than Nu came right back and said “OU7Times is correct.  Not top 20 in either recruiting class or preseason team ratings for 2014 season.  I am trying to understand where excitement comes from for NU future program based upon who Pelini is able to land as new recruits”.  I guess it is possible that I may have misunderstood what you were saying about this but when someone says not top 20 class and than says that have to devope them into to top players and win and win convincingly I guess I look at that like another negative comment about good recruits that you think he his unable to develope.  If I am wrong I am wrong but I think than that your statement could be said about any coach, no matter how good the recruit is still need to develope them into a good college player.

We picked up another DE commit in Cedric King.. He visited this last weekend and is N.. Welcome to the Family.. Had offers from West Virginia, Rutgers, Purdue, etc and was previously committed to UCF…

Louisville and Wake were also teams in the running with almost every small school in Florida as well.

larr,
We are getting way ahead of ourselves talking about developement of players here.

Is or is not Nebraska football still (after 6 years) dealing with fundamentals issues when it comes to holding onto the ball?

Look around, who has to worry about those basic things after all these years other than Nebraska? We already saw that Nebraska ranks near the bottom in holding onto the rock. Why is that? You just don’t recruit and coach that many ‘unlucky’ players. You probably would have a better chance of winning the powerball twice then that to happen to a school Nebraska and the history of studs over the years.

So, do these recruits that Pelini recruited since he got to NU already have fundamental technique problems or do they just learn how not to hang on to the ball once they get to Nebraska?

I would guess that they were fundamentally sound when they were recruited, right? Then why would a school or coach recruit a bunch of guys knowing they cannot hang on to the ball?

Amazingly, Nebraska plays in the Gator Bowl in a rain storm and doesn’t drop the ball once! When was the last time they played a game and didn’t have at least 1 fumble? It makes no sense whatsoever.

In my opinion, there are just too many issues to work out before you even get to the subject of developing players.

I could be wrong, but I think v. GA we did drop the ball once - and recovered it.

Thanks, I stand corrected. haa

Wooohooo, Wilbon, yippee, yes yes yes, how did we score that guy?

Things are looking up, but still no DTs… :(.

We are getting seriously loaded @ the RB position.

If we can round the class out with another DE , DT, and quality safety we hit our major needs to a T.  Then the other position or two to the best athlete we can find.. Freison would be #1 on my wish list… Finishing strong again…

The team’s got some good recruits lined up to make an impact.  Stacking the backfield to go with those QB’s…got some beef up front on the line…I agree with needing some additions on defense, but they look like some good recruits.  I would like to see a good TE pickup too.  Good job, Big Red!

Gimme another good DLineman or two and we’re in like Flynn.

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