Top 12 Nebraska HS football players competing for first D-1 offer

Posted on August 20, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: |

By Will Cummings
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     Hit News presents an update to its preseason recruiting breakdown of Class of 2009 Top 10 List of Recruited Nebraska High School Football Players Who Have Not Received D-1 offers.  Changes and/or omissions to the previous rankings as they appear in our new Top 12 Nebraskans Competing for D-1 Offers list are the result of players receiving offers or early season performances or injuries.

At this point in the recruiting cycle, Nebraska Class of 2009 high school football players, still looking to receive D-1 offers, will need to prove their worth on the field. 

Note: The vast majority of D-1 schools only hold back a few of their allotted offers at this stage in the recruiting year. These offers will be awarded to those high school seniors that demonstrate marked improvement over last season as well as proving their potential to play at the next level.

    The most important thing to keep in mind during this phase of the recruiting cycle is that  colleges will select players based on the positional needs of the programIt won’t be based on how or where you are rankedIn other words: You may be the top rated player in your state and you play QB.  But if a school has no need for QBs– you will get no offer from that school! However, they will offer a LB in your state ranked much lower than you because that is a position they need filled.

Each year–on average–approximately 12 D-1 football scholarships are awarded to high school players from the state of Nebraska, based on historical data. Thus far, seven Class of 2009 Nebraskans have received D-1 offers. 

    If  the Nebraska 2009 HS class is average, there should be about four or five more players that may receive D-1 offers (click here to see list of ’09 players already holding offers.) Of course, on the other hand, if this is a below average year–there may be no more D-1 offers on the way.

   We will just have to sit back and wait to know for sure where this class will end up. However, I must say that I definitely see more than just a few players from the lists below that can be effective at the D-1 level.

 Remember fellas “There is still plenty of time left to play your way into an offer or two!”

The recruiting Breakdown  will be updated two more times this season: (1) Midseason after the sixth game and (2) after the end of the regular season.

Top 12 Nebraskans Competing for D-1 Offers

1. Jordan Hale, ATH
(5-11, 175) Millard South

*Great opening night game rushing the football along with two more highly productive games on both sides of the ball. 
Hale can run, catch, and play defense. This versatile player is hard to pigeonhole. However, he lacks the ideal burst and separation to be an effective D-1 WR. Most likely he will end up playing safety at the next level.   

2. Eric Cummings, DT
(6-2, 260) Burke

*Solid start to season having recorded 2 sacks and several tackles for loss.  
Strong, good explosive burst off the line, quick feet and hands. Good run stopping skills. Lacks ideal size for position. Needs to work on moving quicker to the spot on pass rush and mixing up his pass moves. He could be an effective player at D-1 level 

3. Corey Serrano, ATH
(6-1, 205) North Platte

*Solid performances to start the season.
This talented, versatile and athletic player has the ability to play on both sides of the ball. He is a solid RB and can play QB. But at the D-1 level he may find himself playing WR or SF. He will need to improve his strength, bulk, and speed.

4. Tyler Seals, QB
(6-1, 185) Bellevue West

*He continues to light up the heavens with his aerial attack–numbers after just three games are impressive. 
The best throwing QB in the state. Unfortunately, he plays the hardest position to advance to D-1 level. Lacks superior arm strength but has nice accuracy and touch. Will need to improve arm strength and mobility in the pocket. 

5. Greg Hardin, WR
(5-11, 165) Bellevue West

*After three games, he is coming up big again this year in receptions. 
The top receiver in the state, has very good hands and has good burst to allow separation from defender— can improve route running skills. Lacks the ideal physicality and raw speed for a D-1 WR, but is fast enough and can work hard enough in weight room to be a good WR at the D-1 level 

6. Brent Webb, SF
(6-2, 190) Bellevue West

*Reports are that he has picked up where he left off last season–deadly on both sides of the ball.
He is a hard running back and will smack you as a defensive back, which is where he is most likely to play safety at the next level. Lacks ideal top speed at the position but is athletic enough and has speed enough to compensate. He will need to get stronger in the weight room to compete at the next level.   

7. Dakota McCormack, LB
(6-3, 220) Westside

*Thus far he has proven why he has legitimate D-1 potential–three games and three good performances at LB spot.
He has good size and speed, and can gets to the ball with bad intentions. Needs to work harder in weight room to add strength and a little more bulk to frame. Has ideal size and speed to play at next level. 

8. Willie Metoyer, RB
(5-9, 195) Westside 

*Moving up the rankings with a bullet, he has shown good early season form and ability. 
A hard runner with just enough size and speed to play at D-1 level–a slasher with cutback ability. He will need to develop more strength in the weight room to be effective at the next level.    

9. Ron Kellogg III, QB
(6-2, 200) Westside

*He has shown much improvement over last season.
He is much improved over last season and is starting to draw serious attention. Won MVP honors at Nebraska QB camp. Had decent JR year but nothing to write home about. He seems to be developing his throwing skills and with his mobility in the pocket he could end up being one of the few non-option NE QBs to ever receive a D-I scholarship.   

10. Jake Marousek, ATH
(6-2, 190) Burke

*Another player moving quickly up the rankings. Great start to the season as he is among the the state’s scoring leaders.
He is an ATH with desireable size and very good speed and burst (in ’08 he placed third in State Class A 200 meter and had one of last season’s fastest recorded 100 meter times at 10.74.)  He is also a hard runner who may develop into an effective all purpose back or receiver and/or special teams returner at the next level.

11. Alex Hook, QB
(6-2, 180) Creighton Prep

*A player that is playing his way into garnering serious attention from several D-1 schools.
A smart kid with outstanding leadership qualities combined with good speed and a nice arm makes him a strong candidate for a spread type offense at the next level.

12. Ty Kildow, WR
(5-8 ,165) Millard South

*He still has not returned from off season knee surgery.
The most explosive player in the state and perhaps one of its best athletes. The JR year First Team All-State football and baseball player has 4.39 speed and good hands. He would be ranked higher if not for his recent injury and the fact that he also lacks the minimum ideal height for a D-1 WR. But a school willing to take a chance may end up with a very special player that may also be an effective punt and kickoff returner.

Just Missed

Bryant Giles, Josh Kage, Daryle Hawkins, Scott Criss,
Michael Burrus, Nick Failla


Top Mention list

At least one or possibly several players listed below will be offered a
D-1 Scholarship.

Scott Criss, DT (6-5, 260) Creighton PrepBrad Heldt, SF (6-0, 175); Creighton Prep; Nick Failla, QB/ATH (5-10, 175) Millard North; Justin Small, LB (6-2, 230) St Cecillia; Matt Sterup, OL (6-6, 270) St Celcelia; Marcus Hall-Oliver, DE (6-1, 205) Central; Jack Saxton, LB (6-0, 190) Burke; Kelvin Johnson, RB (6-1, 200) Burke; Zach Christo, OG (6-1, 290) Millard South; Alex Stopak, OT ( 6-4, 275) Millard South; Drew Neville, LB {6-0, 210) Millard South; Bryant Giles, RB (5-10, 180) Omaha North; Michael Burrus, RB/ATH (5-7, 175) Papillion-La Vista S.; Bud Kauzlarich, DT (6-0,  275) Papillion -La Vista S.; Josh Kage, OT (6-4, 260) Papillion; Justin Coleman, WR (6-0, 175) Beatrice; Garret Bruhn, LB (6-2, 215) Beatrice; Kyle Bertelsen, LB (6-2, 218) Douglas Co West; Trevor Florendo, SF (6-0, 186) Crete; Robert Barry, QB (6-8, 220) Battle Creek; Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB (5-9, 180) Millard West; Tyler Niederklein, ATH (6-2, 190) Millard West.

Related Links: Check out ESPN’s latest Nebraska class of 2009 recruiting evaluations, scores, ratings and rankings by clicking here.


Nebraksans Holding D-1 Offers

The top six players listed below received “early offers”
before start of 2008 football season. 

1. Tyrone Sellers, DE
6-3, 215)

Wyoming, Kansas (Commit), Kansas State, Iowa

Currently, Sellers is physically undersized, however, he possesses the playing ability and speed to be an effective rush end at the D-l level. With the added size that he will surely gain through a D-1 strength program, he may even develop into an effective run stopper and an every down DE.

2. Cole Pensick, DT
    (6-2, 250)
    Lincoln  NE

Nebraska (commit)

During his JR year, he was a First Team Nebraska Super- State OL, and he won the Nebraska All Class Gold in the shot put. Strong and athletic with decent speed. He will need to add bulk to his frame to compete with the big boys at the next level.

3. Jon Lechner, OT
    (6-5, 310)

 Wyoming, Iowa State, Ohio, Buffalo.

Possesses D-1 size and agility to play guard or tackle, but he will need to hit the weight room hard and dedicate himself to consistently performing at his highest level to be a successful D-1 player.

4. Eric Koehlmoos, SF
    (6-1, 190)


A HS QB and DB, this gifted athlete has colleges looking at him on both sides of the ball. With his speed and hard-hitting style, he most likely will be more effective as a safety at the next level.

5. Vondrea Tostenson,
   WR (6-4, 215)  
   Millard South


A good freshman basketball season followed by a very good sophomore football campaign put this prized sized WR on the map. However, an early JR year football knee injury has kept him sidelined since. May lack the speed and burst to be an impact WR  at the D-1 level but could be a nice possession WR. He also has the frame to add bulk for a move to TE.

6. C .J. Zimmerer, FB
 (6-0, 213)
Omaha Gross Catholic

Nebraska (Commit)

On film, this is a tough looking FB and LB.  He will need to improve speed and add size to be effective at the next level.

2008 In Season Offers

7.  James Davis, OG
(6-3, 310) Omaha North

*Offer from Ohio University on 9/5/08

Very good pass blocking skills, strong, good feet and quick hands. Lacks ideal height at position for many D-1 colleges. Needs to work on run blocking skills. But has ability to be an effective D-1 O-lineman.






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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force


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    1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, SR, C, Bellevue East

    2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, SR, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

    3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, JR, C, Chadron

    4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, JR , PG/SG, Ralston

    5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, JR, SG/PG, Waverly

    6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, FR, PG, South Sioux City

    7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, SR, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

    8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, SR, PF, Millard South

    9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, SR, SF, Lincoln Southeast

    10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, SR, PG, Benson

    11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, JR, SG/PF, Omaha Central

    12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, JR, PG, Creighton Prep

    13. Jordan Tyrance, 6-4, SF/PF, JR, Lincoln Southwest

    14. Trevor Meinke, 6-0, JR, PG, Beatrice

    15. Scottie Davis, 6-5, JR, SF/PF, Omaha Burke

    16. Derrius Vick, 6-0, SO, PG, Lincoln Southeast

    17. Ted Lampkin, 5-11, SO, PG, Omaha Central

    18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, JR, PF/C Omaha Gross

    19. Dol Kutey, 6-6, SR, C, Lincoln Northeast

    20. Ben Imig, 6-0, JR, SG/PG, Bryan

    21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, SR, PG, Bryan

    22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, SR, PF/C, Lincoln High

    23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, SO, PG, Omaha Burke

    24. Mike Dentlinger, 6-6, JR, PF/C, Millard North

    25. DK Augustine, 6-4, SO, C, Omaha Bryan

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    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1


    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3


    Lincoln East(13-5) 4


    Lincoln High (11-6) 5


    Omaha Central (13-3) 3


    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7


    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103


    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8


    Chadron (19-0) NR


    Norfolk (13-5) NR Contenders: Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson, Bellevue West

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