Final Nebraska HS Football Class Of 2009 Top 25 Prospect Rankings

Posted on February 10, 2009. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New Entries to Top 25 Prospects in Class of 2oo9 

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   my Hit News.com releases its final Nebraska High School Football Class of 2009 Prospect Rankings, which are based on the following criteria:

  • Player’s overall ratings and rankings by various recruiting services.
  • Player’s demonstrated ability on the field.
  • College Division level at which player will be participating.

   Based on the above reasoning several new players made our Final Class of 2009 Top 25.  But before I go on, let me state this:

“Regardless of where the player is ranked on this list, to be on this list a player is an outstanding cream-of-the-crop Nebraska high school football prospect. And fortunately for all that are on this list, they will continue to play the game at the next level.”

   Heading the list of the new entrants into our Top 25  Prospects is Omaha Central’s 6-foot-4, 190 pound Daryle Hawkins.  Hawkins smashes in all the way to the No. 6 spot, after his last minute D-1A offer from the PAC-10 Oregon Ducks .

   Prior to his early season injury, Hawkins was one of Hit New’s top prospects. However, after missing several games–OK, I’ll admit it, Daryle, I forgot all about you–he vanished from our listings. But it’s good to see you get that huge offer. Not many Nebraska football players have ever received offers from the PAC-10 Conference.   Do yourself and us a favor by making a big splash on the West Coast.

   Next to make his debut at the No. 9 position is big 6-foot-4, 260 pound Josh Kage from Papillion. We have always kept an eye out on this talented athlete who will be attending South Dakota State University. We’ll soon see if Kage will be taking a Class A super-heavyweight wrestling title and shot put title along with him to SDSU.

   Entering the list at No. 16 is Garret Bruhn, a 6-foot-2, 215 pound LB/FB from Beatrice, after committing to an offer from North Dakota State.

   Following Bruhn at No.17 is University of South Dakota bound Steve Nelson, a huge 6-foot-5, 300 pound O-lineman out of Platteview High.

   At No. 18 is St Cecelia’s 6-foot-6, 275 pound O-lineman, Matt Sterup who will be attending Northwest Missouri State.

   Finally, last but certainly not least closing things out at No. 25 is Omaha Central’s 6-foot-1, 200 pound LB Marcus Hall-Oliver, who will be attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hall will bring a lot of speed and athleticism with him to UNO– put some size on this kid and look out!

   Now except for the potential of a late offer here or there, the Nebraska high school football Class of 2009 prospects can be put to bed.

   Good luck to all!

   Our attention now shifts to The Class of 2010.

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Top 25 Nebraska High School Football Prospects:Class of 2009 Final Post Signing Day Rankings

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1.  Tyrone Sellers, DE, McCook
2.  Jon Lechner, OL, Creighton Prep
3.  C. J. Zimmerer, FB, Omaha Gross Catholic
4.  Cole Pensick, DT, Lincoln Northeast
5.  James Davis, OL, Omaha North
6.  Daryle Hawkins, Central
7.  Scott Criss, OL, Creighton Prep
8.   Eric Cummings, DT, Omaha Burke
9.   Josh Kage, OL, Papillion
10. Michael Burrus, RB, Papillion-La Vista South
11. Eric Koehlmoos, SF, Pierce
12. Greg Hardin, WR, Bellevue West
13. Jake Marousek, ATH, Omaha Burke
14. Ty Kildow, ATH, Millard South
15. Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB, Millard West
16. Garrett Bruhn, LB/FB, Beatrice
17. Steve Nelson, OL, Platteview
18. Matt Sterup, OL, St Cecelia
19. Tyler Seals, QB, Bellevue West
20. Jordan Hale, ATH, Millard South
21. Brent Webb, DB, Bellevue West
22. Vondrae Tostenson, WR, Millard South 
23. Kelvin Johnson, RB, Omaha Burke 
24. Corey Serrano, ATH, North Platte
25. Marcus Hall-Oliver, LB, Omaha Central

 

Related Link: Class of 2009 Offers and Commitments

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Central Holds On To No.1 Spot

Posted on February 2, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball, High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lincoln Teams Enter Top Ten In Mass

Get Latest on  ’09 Offers and Commitments Here 
Omaha Central’s Daryle Hawkins is a last minute offer and commit to University of Oregon.

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

  
   Central holds on to the No.1 spot this week despite their double-overtime loss to Lincoln High, who as a result breaks into the Top Ten at No.8.

   Good luck Omaha Metro teams in trying to hold on to the Class A crown –it looks like the Lincoln Metro is going to give ya a lot to worry about.  Five Lincoln teams are ranked in this week’s  Top Ten—and all of them are talented enough and well-coached enough to make strong runs in the playoffs.

   In fact: “Could we be looking at an all-Lincoln Class A finals this year?”

   Me thinks it just smells good for the City of Lincoln this year in Class A basketball for both the boys and the girls. After all, who is going to beat the amazing Purdue bound KK Houser’s 17-0 Lincoln Southeast team?

   Seems like Houser is hitting on all cylinders on the b-ball court, I wonder if it will carry over into track season, so that she is able to exact revenge on Omaha Central’s freshman phenomenon Laque Moen-Davis for taking her 100 meter hurdle All-Class Gold title at last year’s state meet.

 Track Season Just Around the Corner

   I digress, but I just can’t wait for track season to start—there is going to be some serious competition in many events this year for both the boys and girls. And KK Houser is among the cream of the crop on the track and one of the best female athletes to come out of the state of Nebraska.

   Check out our Hitblog YouTube video archive of track meets–including the Metro and State meets–to see some of the great talent that will be back on the Nebraska high school track and field in 2009 such as: KK Houser, Laque Moen-Davis, Anne Martin, Emily Wilkinson, Kohlman Adema-Schulte, Daryle HawkinsMichael Burrus, Jake Marousek, Stephon Washington, Cole Pensick, Josh Kage, Porter Groves, and many more.

 

Action Force’s Top 10top-ten-logo3Nebraska High School Basketball Teams
(week ending February 1, 2009)

Rank, Team, (Record), Last Week’s Rank

1. Omaha Central (12-2) 1

The Eagles slipped up in a unbelievable double-overtime thriller to the fast rising Links of Lincoln High. Eagles fans don’t get discouraged about the loss– Deverell Biggs, Paul Simms and company still are the leaders of the pack to win to the state title.

2. Lincoln Southwest (13-2) 5

The Silver Hawks continue to take care of business, behind the athletic duo of Jordan Tyrance and Drew Edmonds and the inside force of big man Jake Marvin. With every game the Silver Hawks are proving they are among the elite.

3. Omaha Creighton Prep (12-4) 6

The JR. Jays went 2-1 over the week but really got back to the style of play that coach Josh Luedtke loves. In their Saturday night win over previously 3rd ranked Lincoln Southeast, the Jays used great defense to slow the Knights’ potent offense. Over this past week, Taylor Stormberg, Caleb Steffensmeir and Cole Martin really turned in some good performances for the Jays.

4. Omaha Bryan Bears (13-4) 4

The Bears were runner-ups in the Bryan Cage Classic, but don’t count out coach Tim Cannon’s team just yet. Bryan has one of the best defensive teams in the state to go along with guys like Tiit Kuek, Galen Gullie, DK Augustineand Ben Imig–who can also light up the scoreboard.

5. Lincoln Southeast (11-4) 3

A tough loss to Creighton Prep set the Knights back a bit, but the Knights are a team I still like because of thieir ability to beat iteams in a variety of ways. They can go inside with solid inside play from Hagerbaumer and Hill, or outside with great play from sophomore sensation Derrius Vick.

6. Lincoln Northeast (12-3) 7

The Rockets keep on keepin’ on, don’t look past them! Dol Kutey is one of the best players in the state, and guard Tommy Johnson is coming on of late.

7. Bellevue East (11-7) 10

Coach Ryan’s squad rebounded from back to back losses to Central and Burke to go on to win the Bryan Cage Classic, but than slipped up against Norfolk.

8. Lincoln High (8-6) NR

Don’t look now but Coach Uhing’s Links are surfacing–and they look to be in state tournament form–after their thrilling win over Omaha Central. The key to that game was the play of senior guard Mike Partee. Partee is a guy many b-ball insiders have heard about but most fans and casual observers haven’t. Well, now you better start paying attention because Partee is the real deal.

9. Lincoln East (10-5) NR

Welcome back to the Top Ten rankings Drew Sankey and company, after riding the upset of Lincoln Southeast.

10. Ralston (14-3) 2

OK. So the Rams go 0-2 in the Cage Classic. You still can’t tell me this team is not talented and that they would not be able to compete in class A. I say that if the Rams played Class A talent game in and game out they would have been more prepared for the Classic. And if they were in Class A– this year–they would be among the top teams and in contention for a state title.

 

Contenders

Omaha Burke, Norfolk and Omaha Benson

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Last Weekend of the Class of ’09 Recruiting: Where Nebraska Prospects Stand

Posted on January 29, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Going into the last weekend of the high school football class of 2009 recruiting cycle, my Hit News.com presents the latest on the known offers and commitments made to and by Nebraska high school student/athletes. 

   my Hit News.com’s listing only represents the member schools of the following sports governing bodies and/or particular divisions within them: NCAA Divisions I-A; I-AA and II; NAIA and Junior Colleges (JUCO).

   Thanks to all of the people that provide information to my Hit News.com.  And to all of you current and potential prospects know this:

There are plenty of college recruiters that monitor this site, as well as fans and participants of the various college message boards of schools from across this region–I know–you should see our site stats and read my e-mail.”

Important Note: Future updates to this board will be posted on the “Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’ Offers and Commitments”  link that is found at the top of this page.  In other words: updates to the listing will not be reflected if you link back to this post in the future.

 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215), McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

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

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota

 

 

 

 


Division II

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

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
*Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State, *Doane College (NAIA)

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Dillon Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney 

Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Garrett Schlichtemeier, WR (5-10, 160), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Kyle Bertelsen, LB (6-2, 220), Douglas County West
Wayne State

Dillon Breinig, LB (6-2, 220), Arapahoe

*University of Nebraska at Kearney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NAIA

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
*Doane College

 

 

 

 

 

 


JUCO

Kelvin Johnson, RB (6-2, 225), Omaha Burke
Iowa Western Community College

Bo Adams, OL (6-2, 287), Omaha Burke

Iowa Western Community College

 

 

 

 

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career) and Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

Others that are rumored to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney are: Jason Wilcox, Norfolk Catholic; Dillon Breinig, Arapahoe; Riley Larson, Adams Central; Stephan Rush, Anselmo Merna and Garrett Rockey, Norfolk Catholic and Matt Bicskei, DE/TE (6-2, 250), Omaha Burke.

Nebraska’s No. 1 class of 2009 prospect, as touted by Rivals, 6-foot-4, 225 lb WR Vondrae Tostenson –who has had an offer on the table from Iowa University since the beginning of his junior year–may be taking the JUCO route.  Stories are flying that he has visited Iowa Western?

Ron Kellogg ., QB (6-2, 210), Omaha Westside, committed to walk-on at Nebraska University.

 

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Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects Offer & Commitment List

Posted on January 23, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

February 4th Signing Day: Twelve Days Away and Counting  

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Here we are with just over a week left before the Nebraska high school class of 2009 student/athletes get their first opportunity to sign a student athletic scholarship.”national letter of intent.”

   The young men who will sign these documents are fortunate indeed to have the physical attributes, skills, talent and good fortune to have a institution of higher learning pay for their, room board and tuition–while still being able to play the game of football.

   Hey guys, remember: all those 40, 50, and even 100 yard sprints that you ran–on a brutally hot summer day at the end of a three hour practice; or how about all those painful “get one more rep” days in the weight room that you endured through winter conditioning; or those times that the coach screamed at you and made you feel like an idiot or worthless because you blew an assignment or dogged a play or a workout?

    Yea, right about now it wasn’t so bad, huh?

   May you all realize the long hard road it took for you to reach this milestone in your life. And may each of you look deep into your heart and your memory to give thanks to all those around you: parents/guardians, relatives, coaches, teachers, priest and pastors and any others that influenced and shaped your life so that you may reach this point. Because–no one–gets here on their own!

    As for me, “Thanks for the memories and good luck in all your future endeavors.”

    And with that, let’s take a look at the list of known offers and commitments to Division I-A – Division II schools. We will try to keep this list updated every day between now through signing day..

   You can help us keep accurate by emailing us at myhitnews@yahoo.com with any corrections, updates and/or new information.

 Last Updated: January 26, 11:50 pm.

 

 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215) McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

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

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota


Division II

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

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career); Dillion Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook ; Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town; Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook  and Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook  have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

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Hit News’ 2008 Playoff Breakdown: Games 5 & 6

Posted on October 30, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

#3 Lincoln North Star VS # 14 Papillion-La Vista
Game 5

#11 Millard South VS #6 Elkhorn
Game 6

 


#3 Lincoln North Star (8-1)  VS  #14 Papillion-La Vista (5-4)

Game 5

This contest features two of the most surprising teams of 2008. Before the start of the season, I doubt too many Nebraska high school football fans thought that the Lincoln North Star  Navigators would finish the regular season with only one loss. Great  job by Navigators head coach Mark Waller and his staff!  And what about the Monarchs’ head coach Jeff Govier and his staff for getting their program back to its winning tradition.

 

The Monarchs will be led by the rushing of the quick and explosive senior RB Josh lopez (992 rushing yards) and the accurate arm of junior QB Jeff Weander (ranks 2nd in Nebraska Class A in total passing yards 1632) The Navigators will count on a spread offense led by dual-threat QB Joe Hartley and RB Tyrone Lewis as well as one of the state’s best defenses to win this match-up.

One thing for sure–the winner of this game will continue to be the surprise of the year.  

 

Navigators’
Keys To victory

Monarchs
Keys To victory

Hartley is the key the Navigators’  offensive attack. He must limit  mistakes and convert on third downs. Their talented backfield will have to be productive.On defense the Navigators will have to stop a very good Monarch passing game. The first step in this process will be to get pressure on Jeff Weander. The Monarchs will lean on Jeff
Weander’s arm and the legs of Josh Lopez and the hands of one of the state’s top receivers JR Glenn Lewis (6′ 1, 165) to rack up the points. The Monarchs will have a hard time controlling the  talented athletes that run the Navigators’ spread offense, but Monarch players like D-lineman Josh Kage are going to have to step up their game to come out on top in this one.

Navigators’
Key Players To Watch

Monarchs’
Key Players To Watch

Joe Hartley, QB; Tyrone Lewis, RB; John Tatum, FB,   Jeff Weander, QB; Josh Lopez, RB; Glenn Lewis, WR; Josh Kage Ol, DL;

 


#11 Millard South (6-3)  VS  #6 Elkhorn (7-2)

Game 6

Whew boy! Rematch! There are not a lot of good feelings between these two squads and there will be  a lot of pride on the line in this game.

 

The fourth game of the season saw the Antlers  upset the Patriots in a 28-21 brawl. That win  certified Elkhorn as a legitimate Class A force, in their very first year of competing in  Class A football.


Questions: (1) What went wrong for the preseason regionally ranked (as high as #15 ) Patriots? (2) Will the sensational speedster Ty Kildow suit up and play in this game? Rumor has it that he is just waiting on clearance from the doctor.

 

Head coaches Andy Means (Millard South) and Mark Wortman (Elkhorn) and their staffs will be burning the midnight oil to pull out all of their bags of tricks for this Halloween monster of a game.

Patriots’
Keys To victory

Antlers
Keys To victory

Jr QB  Bronson Marsh has struggled this year without Kildow but he still has weapons galore with Vondrae Tostenson and Jordan Hale, who continues to have a very good senior year. They all must perform at their peak levels to win this gameThe Patriot defense should be ready for the Antlers this time, after watching the film and not underestimating their abilities. But being ready and executing are two different things–they must execute.   Elkhorn QB Jordan Poehling and RB Dan Eccles are the keys to the success of the Antlers offense. They will need to hit on all cylinders on Friday to beat the Patriots twice in one season.The defense must pressure Marsh and limit big plays by Hale and Tostenson. If Kildow plays–good luck.

Patriots’
Key Players To Watch

Antlers’
Key Players To Watch

Bronson Marsh, QB; Vondrea Tostenson, WR; Jordan Hale, RB, DB; Ty Kildow. Jordan Poehling, QB;  Dan Eccles, RB; Ryan Maloley, LB.

 

Related Links: Breakdown Games 3 & 4

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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.   

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Hit News’ Breakdown: Nebraska High School Football Recuiting Class 2009

Posted on July 16, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights.com

 This article–updated 09/09/08–was originally posted on 6/29/09

Breaking Down the Nebraska High School Football Recruiting Class of 2009

    As of the end of June,  there are already six Nebraska high school football players that have received at least one D-1 offer [James Davis was number 7 on September 5, 2008.] Though this year’s class may not have the four and five star players as the previous two classes, It may end up having more total D-1 players offered than either of the two previous classes. 

Below we have compliled three list:

  1. Early D-1 Offer List and our ranking of Nebraska High school Football players that have received D-1 offers.
  2. Top Ten List and our ranking of the top recruited Nebraska high school players that have not received offers. 
  3. Top Mention List, additional players with opportunities to receive offers.

    All three list are based on player performance and potential without regard to any off the field issues except for injuries.

    The list are not indicative of the best high school players: These are players that have the most potential to play at the D-1 level based on their current size, speed, and playing ability.

    The list is also not a combined ranking of players with the most D-1 potential. In other words, simply because a player(s) has received an early offer does not mean that the player  necessarily has more D-1 potential than a player who has not yet received an offer. In addition, The Top Ten List does not reflect that the players on the list will ultimately be better D-1 candidates than The Top Mention List players.

    Recruiting is a fluid process where a player’s stock may rise and fall due to a variety of issues. Accordingly, with seven months remaining until February’s signing day, a lot can change between now and then. But one thing is for sure, college coaches will be continually monitoring player progress through the remainder of the recruiting cycle. Even players who have already received offers need be wary of this, because an oral or a written offer can be pulled as quickly as it was given.

    With the above in mind: We encourage all players to keep your grades in order, your behavior in check, and your training and game efforts at their highest levels.
 

Nebraska High School Football 
Early D-1 Offer List
(Updated 9/7/08)

 

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

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)
    Creighton
Prep

Nebraska, Wyoming,  Wisconsin, 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)
Pierce

Wyoming

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

Iowa

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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Track Season In Full Stride

Posted on April 26, 2008. Filed under: High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News from hithighlights.com

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Omaha North’s Nic Johnson (4th from left) wins the 100 meter sprint at South High Invite.

   

   Weather wise: this year’s track and field  season has gotten off to a rather frigid start.  Cold temperatures have caused several meet cancellations and have helped to produce some not so admirable sprint times and less than stellar throwing and jumping distances and heights.  However, this past weekend’s 12th Annual South High Invtational Track and Field Meet showed signs of improving weather conditions ahead , as well as some athletes beginning to hit their strides.

   The highlight performer of the meet was Millard North’s Emily Sisson , who broke meet records in both the 1,600 and 3,000 meter runs, with times of 5:03 and 10:49 respectively.  Both times were excellent considering the rather windy and cool temperatures that inundated South’s Collins Field.  There were several other strong performances and a few solid showings by some underclassmen that deserve to be noted: Nic Johnson, a senior out of Omaha North, looked impressive with his winning time of 10.80 in the 100 meters—where did he come from!  Kirk Carter, also from Omaha North, was right on Johnson’s shoulder in that closely contested 100 meters.  Carter too was timed in 10.80 but he had to settle for second .  Carter countered that defeat by winning the 200 in a time of 22.30, while barely holding off Central sophomore, Stephon Washington, who placed a close second in the event with a time of 22.50.

   Other notable performers were: Cody Linder of Plattsmouth with his meet record tripple jump of 46′ 9″; Papillion Lavista’s Josh Kage, who won the shot put event with a throw of 51′ 7.5″ and he placed second in the discuss with a toss of 142′ 8″; Sarah Gilbert of Papillion Lavista won the girls high jump with a leap of 5′ 4″—barley missing at 5′ 6″—she placed third in the long jump with a hop of 15′ 9″.

   Like the weather, things are starting to heat up for these high school track and field athletes. it’s going to be interesting to see who improves the most during the next six weeks leading up to the district and state meets—stay tuned!  See track meet video highlights below, courtesy of hithighlights.com:

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Freshman LeQue Davis Shines at Millard South Track Meet

Posted on April 26, 2008. Filed under: High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , |

 

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Central's Laque Davis rests after her 200 meter victory at the Millard South Track and Field Invite.

 
By Will Cummings
Hit News from hithighlights.com 

    All Right, we all know about how good Millard North’s Emily Sisson is as she continues to shatter meet records week in and week out as she did again on Friday by posting meet records in the 800 meter run and 3,200 meter relay at the Millard South Track and Field Invitational.  But there is another young lady—a freshman—in the house that may one day be remembered as one of Nebraska’s finest female track and field athletes.

    Central freshman LaQue Davis, who currently holds the season’s best girls long jump (18′ 2″), possesses the kind of raw talent and physical presence and early successes that foreshadow great things to come.  Davis won the Millard South Invitationl  long  jump with a leap of  17′ 9.75″ and the 200 meters with a time of 26.02.  She also placed second in the girls 100 meter hurdles.  

    Keep in mind that the Girls Class A  long jump record is 18′ 5″ and the state record is 19′ 5″ (set back in 1975). My bet is that Davis will certainly eclipse the Class A record and she will be all around—if not over—the state long jump record, before the end of her high school career.  Moreover, she may even threaten to take the 200 meter state record (24.52). That’s how much potential this young lady owns.

    LaQue Davis is our Highlight Performer of the Meet.  Finishing a close second to Davis’ performance was Omaha Burke’s Dale Ervin, who won the boys 100 and 200 meter dashes with respective times of  11.07 and 22.63.  Ervin also anchored Burke’s  4 x 100 meter relay team that blazed to a meet record time of 42.63.  The other members of  Burke’s record setting relay were: Ben McCaleb (Sr.); Jake Marousek ( Jr.); and Kelvin Johnson (Jr.).  It’s still early in the season, but their performance  clearly establishes Burke as having the state’s  premier 4 x 100 team.  In addition,  also look for Ervin to hotly contend for the Class A 100 and 200 meter state titles.  

    Kudos to: Stephon Washington—another strong 300 meter hurdle performance; Josh Kage—continues to win and to add more distance to his shot throws; team event champions Fremont (boys) and Millard West (girls); and of course Emily Sisson, who we mentioned at the start of this article.

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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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