Nebraska Football: 3 recruits to watch as national signing day approaches

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Can the Huskers sway Steven Parker?

Last season, Nebraska wasn’t a bad pass-rushing team and when the season was over, the Huskers finished sixth in the Big Ten with 25 sacks or just more than two per game.

The problem is that while Nebraska was able to generate some pressure and get to the quarterback, it often had to scheme sacks with different pressures and things. The Huskers obviously won their share of one-on-one matchups but if they want to contend in the Big Ten next season they need to win more.

Adding outside linebacker Dylan Jordan could have really helped with that. His stock was rising incredibly fast and a local beat reporter claimed he would be the most talented pass rusher to land in Nebraska since Randy Gregory.

That’s high praise but ultimately, Jordan went to TCU and because of that, Nebraska now has its sights set on Steven Parker, a four-star defensive end that used to be committed to Texas Tech.

After the coaching change there, Parker de-committed but the Red Raiders still seem to be in the hunt along with Kansas and Nebraska. Parker is the No. 23 weak-side defensive end and at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, he would be an ideal edge rusher.

Kansas appears to have an edge after an old Texas Tech assistant went to Les Miles staff. The Jayhawks also got the last visit. However, Parker has played things close and Kansas, even if it might be the favorite, is far from a slam dunk.