2016 Nebraska Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Nebraska recruiting class: Nebraska had a weird 2015 year, but it ended on a high note. Now head coach Mike Riley was able to come up with his full recruiting season with decent results.

    February 1, 2016

    Nebraska had a weird 2015 year, but it ended on a high note. Now head coach Mike Riley was able to come up with his full recruiting season with decent results.

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    Nebraska Football Recruiting Class Overview

    Nebraska fans want their program to be a national player again on every level, both on the field and in the recruiting world, but it’s not fighting for the same player the top Big Ten teams are. One of the big concerns when Nebraska moved to the Big Ten was the possible drying up of the recruiting pipeline to Texas. How many Texans are in this class? Zero. How many in 2009’s class back in the Big 12 days? Eight, including Rex Burkhead.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    The interior of the offensive line. It’s Nebraska, so it’s always going to want to build everything from the offensive line out – at least that’s where the identity needs to come from for a segment of the fan base. Getting star guard John Raridon out of Iowa, talented and versatile prospect Bryan Brokop out of Illinois was good, and landing top center out of Missouri Boe Wilson forms what could be the foundation of the future.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    OG John Raridon, 6-4, 270 – An early get in the process, he’s not quite as big as everyone might like at the moment – he’s about 25 pounds away from being a difference-maker in the Big Ten – but he’s an athlete who can pound away for the ground game. The tools and potential are there, but check back in three years from now to see how he develops.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    The offensive line. Not having Maliek Collins on the defensive front is a problem, but almost all the other main guys are back for what should be a strong D. The offense gets back QB Tommy Armstrong and almost all the top skill players, but the line needs to retool after losing three starters including OT Alex Lewis and OG Zach Sterup.

    2016 Recruiting Class

    Quayshon Alexander LB 6-3 235 Prospect Park, N.J. De Paul Catholic HS
    Dicaprio Bootle DB 5-10 180 Miami, Fla. Southridge HS
    Bryan Brokop OL 6-5 275 New Lenox, Ill. Lincoln Way West HS
    Tre Bryant RB 5-11 200 St. Louis, Mo. Christian Brothers HS
    Tony Butler DB 6-2 195 Cleveland Heights, Ohio St. Edward HS
    Marquel Dismuke DB 6-2 180 Calabasas, Calif. Calabasas HS
    JoJo Domann DB 6-1 205 Colorado Springs, Colo. Pine Creek HS
    David Engelhaupt TE 6-3 230 Norfolk, Neb. Norfolk Catholic HS
    Matt Farniok OL 6-6 300 Sioux Falls, S.D. Washington HS
    Derrion Grim* WR 6-0 190 Stockton, Calif. Ronald E. McNair HS
    Lamar Jackson DB 6-3 195 Elk Grove, Calif. Franklin HS
    Pernell Jefferson LB 6-2 225 New Orleans, La. Warren Easton HS
    Caleb Lightbourn PK/P 6-3 220 Washougal, Wash. Camas HS
    Collin Miller DL 6-3 235 Fishers, Ind. Hamilton Southeastern HS
    Patrick O’Brien* QB 6-4 230 San Juan Capistrano, Calif. San Juan Hills HS
    John Raridon OL 6-4 275 West Des Moines, Iowa Valley HS
    Greg Simmons LB 6-2 240 Fort Pierce, Fla. Fort Pierce Central HS
    JD Spielman WR 5-9 180 Eden Prairie, Minn. Eden Prairie HS
    Ben Stille DL 6-5 240 Ashland, Neb. Ashland-Greenwood HS
    Jack Stoll TE 6-4 235 Lone Tree, Colo. Regis Jesuit HS
    Boe Wilson OL 6-3 295 Lee’s Summit, Mo. Lee’s Summit West HS

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