Nebraska has landed 14 verbal commitments to the 2013 recruiting class. The recruits come from all across the country, 9 states are currently represented in this class. Here is a look, and a little back ground on all 14 prospects.
Josh Banderas, Linebacker, Lincoln Southwest High School, Lincoln, NE: Josh Banderas is rated as one of the top 150 prospects in the country by the FanSided150.com. He committed to Nebraska on April 14, 2012. He is 6-foot-2, 220 lb. and his family has a long history with Nebraska. His dad played in Lincoln.
Jonathan Cook, Cornerback, Spanish Fort, AL: When Nebraska hired former Tennessee defensive back coach Terry Joseph, they hired him for more than teaching someone how to back peddle. Joseph went in to Alabama and pulled Cook to Nebraska, even though he had an offer from his home-state school, and defending National Champions Alabama. Cook is 6-foot-0, 180 lb. He committed to Nebraska on August 9.
Nathan Gerry, Athlete, Washington High School, Sioux Falls, SD: Gerry plays wide receiver in high school, but could play defense at the next level. He is 6-foot-2, 200 lb. He committed to Nebraska on June 16.
Kevin Gladney, Wide Receiver, Firestone High School, Akron, OH: Gladney has over 15 offers, which include Iowa, Michigan, and Michigan State. He committed to Nebraska on June 11, 2012. As a junior he caught 48 passes, for 768 yards, and 12 touchdowns. It will be interesting to see if he gets an offer from the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Zach Hannon, Offensive Line, Rockhurts High School, Kansas City, MO.: Hannon is 6-foot-5, 300 lb. He is the former teammate of current Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose, who has been a huge influence on Hannon, and his recruitment. He committed to Nebraska on August 8.
Greg Hart, Tight End, Archbishop Alter High School, Dayton, OH.: With the departure of seniors Kyler Reed, and Ben Cotton at the end of this season, Hart’s commitment is huge. He is 6-foot-4, 225 lb., with great speed, and hands in both the pass game, and blocking. He committed to Nebraska on May 15. Look for Hart to come in and compete for playing time early.
Christian Lacouture, Defensive End, Lincoln Southwest High School, Lincoln, NE.: The most interesting recruiting process of any prospect on Nebraska’s list. Lacouture transferred to Southwest from Consolidated A&M High School, in College Station, TX. after committing to Nebraska back on May 5. The 6-foot-5, 270 lb. 4 star prospect arrived in Lincoln in late July, and with he and Banderas, Southwest will have the best defense in the state.
Courtney Love, Linebacker, Cardinal Mooney High School, Youngstown, OH.: Bo Pelini’s Ohio roots helpped here. He landed the 6-foot-2 linebacker back on April 22. He and his teammate Marcus McWilson are both firmly committed to Nebraska. Love also held offers from USC, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and many more schools.
Marcus McWilson, Safety, Cardinal Mooney High School, Youngstown, OH.: McWilson is a member of the FanSided 150, and was one of the first commitments of the 2013 class. He committed in February, and has not looked back since. He picked the Huskers over four other Big 10 schools, and holds offers from all around the country.
Gabriel Miller, Offensive Line, Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN.: Miller only holds offers from Nebraska, and Eastern Michigan. He is 6-foot-0, 235 lb. He plays center, and long snapper in high school. He could come in and compete for playing time on the special teams unit right away.
A.J. Natter, Defensive End, Milton, WI.: Natter was considered to be a Husker lean from the start of his recruitment. He visited Lincoln, several times before he decided to commit on April 16. Natter could contribute right away with a very senior oriented group at defensive end for Nebraska. He is 6-foot-6, 240 lb. He moves his frame very well.
Marcus Newby, Linebacker, Quince Orchard High School, North Potomatic, MD.: I don’t see Nebraska adding any more linebackers to this class, after signing four last season, and having two currently committed. Newby committed to Nebraska in July, and is considered by some, one of the biggest names in this class so far. At 6-foot-2, 200 lb. he is already built for big time college football, and brings some speed to the table as well.
Dan Samuelson, Offensive Line, Plymouth, IN.: Samuelson will add nice depth to the offensive line. He is 6-foot-5, 275 lb. He is still kind of a raw talent, and will need some work when he arrives in Lincoln. Look for him to redshirt, and then possibly be a contributor in years to come.
Johnny Stanton, Quarterback, Quarterback, Santa Margarita Catholic, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.: I think Husker fans nation wide have heard this name. He turned heads by winning MVP honors at the California Elite 11 quarterbacks camp. He is a 6-foot-2, 220 lb. dual-threat quarterback, who could come in and make some waves at Nebraska. Two years from now the quarterback competition in Lincoln could get really exciting with Carnes, Turner, Armstrong, and Stanton.
By Jimmie Allen
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