Top 12 Nebraskans Competing for First D-1 Offers

Posted on October 15, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @Hit Highlights

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     Hit News presents a midseason update to its list of The Top 12 Nebraskans Competing for First  D-1 Offers. 

    The list represents the top Class of 2009 college prospects in the state of Nebraska who have yet to receive an offer from a D-1 program.

    The list is compiled using ratings and rankings from several national recruiting agencies as well as taking into consideration a player’s performance through midseason.

    High school D-1 prospects are players that meet the minimum playing standards and height, weight, and speed  requirements of D-1 programs.  One of the most  elusive determinants in judging a prospects potential is trying to gauge how much physical and mental improvement a given player can make at the next level based on his current size and abilities.

    It’s important to note that college prospects are not necessarily representative of the best high school football players–but they do represent players that have the most potential to play at the highest college level.
The recruiting Breakdown  will be updated one more time at the end of the season.

Top 12 Nebraska Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer


1. Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 260) Burke 
Cummings is strong, and has good explosive burst off the line also shows  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 the D-1 level.


*At Mid season, Cummings continues to flash abilities as a defensive lineman that separates him from the crowd–at times he has shown an uncanny ability to athletically disengage and shed from a block at the last second to make a tackle. Cummings has the ability to rush the passer and to stop the run. Based on his current level of play, a nice strength and conditioning program along with some good coaching at the next level could see him bloom into something special. 

 

 


2. Jordan Hale, ATH
(6-1, 185) Millard South
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 CB or SF at the next level. There is no doubt he will be offered a full ride–the only question is will it be a D-1 offer?

 


*Hale continues to perform well on both sides of the ball and he ranks among the top in the state in rushing and TD’s. On offense, he is a strong slashing type runner with good balance and burst. As a defensive back, Hale is adept at closing on the run or to the ball while it’s in the air
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4. Tyler Seals, QB
(6-1, 185) Bellevue West
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. 

 

 


*Seals appears to be well on his way to setting some state passing records. He is a very accurate passer who shows great poise and good feet in the pocket. If he was a couple of inches taller he would have several offers already. But that shouldn’t stop D-1 schools from giving this kid a chance–there are too many QB’s of similar stature that have found success.

 


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

 

 

 

 
*At midseason, Hardin is the top receiver in class A in most categories. Hardin continues to show great hands and the ability to find creases in the defensive secondary. He has put together quite a high school career. Hopefully, D-1 schools are taking notice of his accomplishments and his potential.

 


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

 

 


*Through midseason, Web continues to show why he is among the top prospects in the state. Although he continues to be a key contributor as an offensive back, his playing ability on defense is what truly separates him from the crowd. He is a very good DB with great instincts for the game.

 


7. Dakota McCormack, LB
(6-3, 220) Westside
He has good size and speed, and can get 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. 

 

 


*McCormack has had a solid season thus far and continues to demonstrate why he is our top rated LB prospect in the state. McCormack flows well to the ball and displays good lateral movement. He also can deliver a punch when he reaches his mark.   

 


8. Michael Burrus, RB
(5-7, 165) Papillion-LVS.
Burrus returns from a strong junior year campaign that saw him rush for over 1,000 yards. He is A shifty yet powerful runner with very good speed (in ’08 recorded one the state’s fastest 100 meters) and vision. Needs to add considerable bulk to be effective at the next level.

 


After just six games, the newest member of the Top 12, Michael Burrus has already rushed for over 1,100 yards. Last year, I stated that Burrus was the most underrated back in Nebraska. This year that statement is no longer the case–he is the best!  Any back that can carry the ball forty times, still keep ticking, and delivering is a special player. This undersized but fast elusive and durable back is one for D-1 schools to keep tabs on.

 


9. Jake Marousek,  ATH
(6-2, 190) Burke
He is an ATH with desirable 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.

 


*Halfway through the season, Marousek is proving every bit the offensive athlete. Whether he is lining up to receive a kickoff, or at the RB spot, or at the WR or slot positions, he has proved to be a dangerous scoring threat from anywhere on the field. His very good speed and acceleration along with his improving running and catching abilities should make him a good candidate for a spread offense at the next level.

 


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

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.     

 

 


*Mid season finds this tough and powerful running back still making a name for himself. His quick feet and powerful  burst make it hard for most defenders to bring down by themselves. A strong finish to the season  will ensure that Metoyer will see an offer to play at the next level.

 


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

A smart kid and very good athlete (top notch hoopster)  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.

 

 


*It’s unfortunate that Hook is limited in displaying his abilities by his team’s offensive scheme–but when called upon he can deliver the pass and he also has shown that he can run too. And why complain when his team is still undefeated and ranked number one in the state.

 


12. Ty Kildow, ATH

(5-8, 165) Millard South
 
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.

 

 


*Kildow still has not played this season. Nonetheless, Kildow will remain on this list whether he plays this year or not. The two sport first team all-state player has already proved his worth on the football field last season.

 

 

Just Missed

Kelvin Johnson, Scott Criss, Bryant Giles, Josh Kage, Ron Kellogg

Top Mention list

 Scott Criss, DT (6-5, 260) Creighton Prep; Brad 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; 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 Ron; Kellogg QB (6-1, 210) Westside.   

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

  • Action Force’s Top Ten

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    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank

    1.

    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1

    2.

    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

    3.

    Lincoln East(13-5) 4

    4.

    Lincoln High (11-6) 5

    5.

    Omaha Central (13-3) 3

    6.

    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7

    7.

    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103

    8.

    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

    9.

    Chadron (19-0) NR

    10.

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

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