Recent Roster Improvements Won’t Show Up in Recruiting Rankings
Nebraska added safety prospect Kieron Williams from the Air Force Academy Prep. He was sought after by Iowa, Indiana, and BYU, among others. But because of his time at the Prep program, he has chosen his destination college for 2014 late in the process. Thus, those who evaluate recruiting classes may have moved on to the 2015 cycle without much thought to an available player like Williams for 2014 who still has all of his eligibility.
Also joining NU is standout wide receiver prospect from the class of 2013 in Damore'ea Stringfellow. Since he's a transfer rather than a graduating senior, he similarly seems unlikely to be factored into recruiting rankings despite the fact that he would have moved the needle positively for any school he joined in 2013. Stringfellow has had off the field trouble but you suspect that the loss of the Huskies head coach this offseason was also a factor.
Both players underscore why recruiting rankings alone are insufficient for judging the quality of a roster. Nebraska began its mid-1990's dynasty with unheralded players. The key was that they stuck around, developed, and ultimately performed. A top recruit means little if he doesn't remain in the program. An undersized or underhyped player can hurt your recruiting score but help your program.