5. Nebraska Cornhuskers
5* players: 0
4* players: 3
3* players: 16
If it weren’t for a team and head coach coming up on our rankings, the Huskers and head coach Mike Riley may have had the best closing of a class in the Big Ten. The work Riley did to build this class was amazing and for that they get the nod in a close battle with Wisconsin.
Battling Wisconsin nearly happened with both teams allegedly meeting up for one in-home visit at the same time. If that’s what can happen between friends like Riley and Chryst, imagine what happens with people he doesn’t like much.
Something tells me these two schools are going to go from friendly rivalry to not liking each other very much in short order given what we know happened on the trail and has happened on the field so far.
Anyway, this class was mediocre at best before Riley took the reigns and boy did he close. Riley’s first order of business was to march down to Oklahoma and steal 4-star offensive lineman Jalin Barnett right out from under the Sooners’ nose.
Following that up was a late flip of nice 3-star running back Devine Ozigbo and holding off the charge of friend and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh for defensive end Daishon Neal. Keeping Neal in the home state was a crucial sign for Riley and his staff’s ability to reconnect to the state some more.
Overall this class really came together well in the final month of recruiting and Riley could make Nebraska in to a different animal on the recruiting trail.