New Faces from the Recruiting Class of 2013

While most of the excitement about young talent for Nebraska over the last few weeks has been focused on the newest recruits, the most noticeable new additions will likely be the players recruited a year ago that will be ready to be regular contributors.  A number of players redshirted and a number of others simply needed that first spring practice in order to really understand their position.  Here then are players that you're likely to notice in the coming year that haven't played yet.

 

Offensive Line
Matt Finnin appears set to become Nebraska's next starter at left tackle.  He'd risen to number two on the depth chart at the position at season's end but was kept off the field in hopes of earning an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA.  Thankfully, that paid off so he will have two years to play.  Finnin had quality suitors a year ago including Oklahoma.  Scout.com rated him a four-star prospect.

Offensive guard Chongo Kondolo also came from the junior college ranks.  He had an offer from Florida State, among others.  The depth chart at guard is a bit more competitive though Kondolo or other players might be considered at tackle.  

Four-star offensive tackle prospect David Knevel comes off of his redshirt year.  He had an offer from Alabama, among other schools.  Given the losses to graduation, he could be in line to crack the depth chart.  

Offensive lineman Zach Hannon chose NU over a number of schools like Arkansas and Missouri.  He could play inside or out but faces plenty of competition after a redshirt year.

Running Back
Running back Adam Taylor was also a four-star prospect.  Noticing a lot of quality players ahead of him at his position, he opted to redshirt.  Calvin Jones was once a redshirt at running back and he left school after his junior season as the second leading rusher in NU history.  He's a great north-south runner that can handle the physical demands of the position.  

Fullback
Harrison Jordan is a walk-on as so many fullbacks before him have been.  He played for Omaha Westside in high school and will be in position to compete with Andy Janovich for playing time.

Quarterback
Four-star quarterback Johnny Stanton comes off of his redshirt year.  Tommy Armstrong holds the edge in terms of experience.  Zack Darlington arrived early and is only one semester behind, so he'll need a strong spring if he wants to contend as the starter or even top backup.  He had offers from Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin, among others.

Wide Receiver
Wideout Kevin Gladney comes off of his redshirt year.  He had offers from Michigan, Michigan State, and Iowa, among others.  He's the only wideout that remains from the class of 2013 which may partly explain why so many players were added there in 2014.

Tight End
Tight end Greg Hart redshirted a year ago while classmate Cethan Carter started as a true freshman.  Hart had a terrific 6'5" frame but at 225 lbs. was pretty skinny.  Hopefully, he'll bulk up by the fall.  A number of schools offered him including Louisville, Pitt and Northwestern.

Defensive End
Four-star defensive end A.J. Natter similarly redshirted to add bulk to his 6'6" frame.  He had offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Iowa among others.

Linebacker
Four-star linebacking prospect Marcus Newby redshirted this past season.  He had offers from Oklahoma, Penn State, and Virginia Tech, among others.  The depth chart is still young at linebacker so he'll have to work hard to get on the field.  Special teams could be a ticket to playing time.

Four-star linebacker Courtney Love nearly played in 2013, but managed to  hold onto his redshirt.  He had an impressive list of schools after him including Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Michigan State.

Defensive Back
D.J. Singleton cracked the depth chart at safety to start the year.  But Nebraska was able to redshirt him.  He's sure to be in the mix for playing time this year.  He was a four-star prospect that had offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.

Drake Martinez (a.k.a. Taylor's younger brother) comes off of his redshirt year and could contribute at safety or on special teams.  With so many players departed from the secondary, he should have an opportunity to contribute.  He chose the Huskers over Michigan State.

Boaz Joseph may similarly contribute in the secondary or on special teams.  He turned down offers from Georgia and Wisconsin, among others.  
 

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Kinda forgot about all these guys,  looks like a good group to have for the next 4 years.  Can we say offensive line filling up with talent?  I really like the direction this team is heading and can’t wait for the fall to get here!  Hate saying that as it means a get older faster than I want to.

2013 was an awesome recruiting class. It’s going to be fun to see these guys hit the field this fall. Hopefully a QB will step up and and deliver the goods.

Looks like the plan is coming together rather well.—Good Job Coaches.

Kids, stay clean and healthy and welcome to one of the greatest experiences you will have throughout your life.  It’s the springboard to great things.

Gage, re: “Hopefully a QB will step up and and deliver the goods.”

Even if Darlington is the better QB, I would prefer to see him redshirt this year.  I’d rather see him play healthy for 3-4 years than to terminate his career half way through the season with yet another concussion due to playing too early. 

QB battle should be interesting.

Ball,

Yes - Might be better for him to redshirt and get his head completely healed. My son had a couple bad concussions in high school ball. No wish to see him thrown in too early. But I’d like to see Stanton & Fife get a chance and I’d like to see one of them emerge from the pack and be awesome.  I don’t want a QB controversy.

Looking forward to seeing a lot of these boys on the field in the two deep.. Could probably add Lewis to the new faces on the o line.. Either way there is a lot of athleticism in the guys we sat out last year.. Go big red!

Boaz:  The Constrictor.  Gotta love the name.

Anyway, seems we are having great success @ recruiting good OL men, but the recruitment of DTs—by the numbers—isnt keeping the same pace.  We must get to the bottom of this mystery.

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