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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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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Michael Burrus Receives Offer From North Dakota

Posted on December 14, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Hihghlights
  
    Papillion-LaVista South’s Michael Burrus, a consensus Nebraska First Team Super State running back, has received a full ride offer from the University of North Dakota.
   Burrus’ parents confirmed the offer to Hit News via an email sent on Saturday December 13.

   Burrus was the Class A leading rusher this past season, gaining 1826 yards on the ground to go along with is 22 TDs.

   This is the first known offer for the explosive and elusive RB who garnered late attention from college recruiters as a result of his outstanding senior season.

   Burrus’ abilities, speed and toughness are indicative of a division I back. However, his size (5-8, 165) seems to be a deterrent for  prospective  colleges.  The afformentioned  along with his relatively late arrival onto the recruiting scene are the only reasons why this outstanding back–who is also very good at catching the ball out of the backfield– has not received more attention.

“Hit News believes that Michael Burrusis a legitimate D-1 caliber back! And we all know that in the pst  there have been similar sized high school running backs who have gone on to have stellar careers at the D-1 and professional levels.

   The University of North Dakota is a division I-AA school and is a member of the Great West Conference. The Fighting Sioux finished the 2008 season with a 6-4 record.

Click the 2009 D-1 Offer Holders link at the top of the page to see all the known Nebraska full ride offered prospects.

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Hit News’ Top 25 Nebraska HS Football Prospects: Class of 2009

Posted on November 21, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hit News releases it’s end-of-season “Top 25 Nebraska HS Football Prospects: Class Of 2009.”
1.  See individulal player analysis capsule of the 2009 prospects who have already received D-1 offers here.
2.  See individual player  analysis capsule of Hit News’ Top 12 2009 Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer
here
 
*Hit News will release its first “2010 Nebraksa High School Football Prospects” listing on November 26, 2008.

 

 

Hit News’ Top 25
Nebraska HS Football Prospects:
Class of 2009

1.

Jon Lechner, OL
Creighton Prep

2.

Tyrone Sellers, DE
McCook

3.

C. J. Zimmerer,  FB
Omaha Gross Catholic

4.

Vondrae Tostenson, WR
Millard South

5.

Cole Pensick, DT
Lincoln Northeast

6.

James Davis, OL
Omaha North

7.

Eric Koehlmoos, SF
Pierce

8.

Eric Cummings, DT
Omaha Burke

9.

Jordan Hale, ATH
Millard South

10.

Corey Serrano, ATH
North Platte

11.

Brent Webb, SF
Bellevue West

12.

Tyler Seals, QB
Bellevue West

13.

Scott Criss, DT
Creighton Prep

14.

Michael Burrus, RB Papillion-La Vista South

15.

Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB, Millard West

16.

Greg Hardin, WR
Bellevue West

17.

Bryant Giles, RB
Omaha North

18.

Kelvin Johnson, RB
Omaha Burke 

19.

Ty Kildow, ATH
Millard South 

20.

Drew Neville, LB
Millard South

21.

Alex Stopak, OL
Millard South

22.

Tyler Niederklein, WR
Millard West

23.

Jake Marousek, ATH Omaha Burke

24.

Willie Metoyer, RB
Omaha Westside

25.

Kyle Bertelsen, LB
Douglas County West

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Hit News’ Top 12 Nebraskans Competing for First D-1 Offer Part 2

Posted on November 19, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

HIt News presents the last six players in its final Class of 2009 “Top 12 Nebraska Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer” list.

If you like speed and talent, these last six players on our list have plenty of both! Photobucket

The ”The Top 12 Nebraska Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer” list represents players that in our opinion have the best chances to receive D-1 offers based on their current abilities and from exposure through various recruiting ranking services and publications.
In addition, it is our opinion that each player listed has the ability to play at the D-1 level and that almost all the players on the listing will receive at least a D-II offer or opportunity to play at the next level.
The listing in no way shape or form should be construed to reflect that there are not other players in Nebraska who are capapble of playing D-1 ball.  Nor does the listing mean that we expect the players listed below–will–receive D-1 offers,–because it is quite possible that none of the players featured in our ”Top 12…” will ever receive a D-1 offer.
  

All player measurements, times and distance marks are unverified unless a √ apperars after the mark.

Last updated: November 30th, 2008                      

Hit News’
Top 12 Nebraska Prospects
Competing for First D-1 Offer
(Part 2 of 2)

Hit
News
Rank

 

Name
High School

POS

HT, WT
Bench,
Squat
40 Time
Shuttle
Vertical

ESPN
Grade, National Rank
(click score
to see

eval.)

Rivals
Stars,
Score,
National
Rank
 

7.

Michael Burrus
Paillion-La Vista South 

RB 

(5-7, 165)
NR, NR
NR
NR
NR

 NA

 NA

Skills & Attributes: Great vision, great cutback ability, extreme toughness, very good acceleration, very elusive, explosive, very good catching the ball, Potential difference maker.

Analysis: Michael Burrus is the kind of electrifying player and elusive runner that every time he touches the ball, you gasp your breath in anticipation of the outcome. A true warrior to the core, Burrus rushed for a Nebraska Class A leading 1,823 yards and 21TDs this season. More amazingly, in several games he carried the ball nearly 40 times–now that’s a tough back!

Burrus has great vision and great cutback ability and very good acceleration–a deadly combination for would-be-tacklers. He is also masterfully patient in allowing his blockers to create daylight. More importantly, he is very good at not only seeing the hole but–anticipating–where the hole will be–a true sign of a gifted RB. 

Though small in stature, Burrus is not shy about squaring his shoulders and running between the tackles. As he picks and slides and finally commits to attacking a hole, he will sometimes deliver his own blow to a tackler. But if he fails to make the tackler miss, like all great small backs, he is very adept at shielding his body from full force blows.

In addition to his running prowess, Burrus is very comfortable at catching short or long and/or easy or difficult passes from out of the backfield. He can probably even throw it to himself since he is also the team’s back-up QB–not a bad thrower either.

We have no reported 40 time for Burrus, but we know that he is extremely quick and very elusive on the field (last track season Burrus clocked one of the state’s fastest 100 meter times of the year at 10. 69.)

The only thing that separates Burrus from being one of the most sought after RBs in the region is: About 20 lbs and two inches in height.

He can put on the weight through a strength and conditioning program–and we all know that there–are–and have been great college and pro RBs who have (had) his height.

Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO

 

8.

Kohlman Adema-Schulte
Millard West 

RB

(5-8, 180)
NR, NR
NR
NR
NR

NA

NA

Skills & Attributes: Extremely competitive, very good speed, very good blocking back, very good catching the ball, very explosive and potential difference maker.

Analysis:  Kohlman Adema-Schulte is a powerful and explosive RB, who bursted onto the presses last Spring as the result of his Nebraska High School State Track & Field Meet All Class Gold Medal winning performances in the 100 and 200 meter dashes (10.67 20.97)–This kid can is a ferociously tough competitor who can fly right past you or run right through you. He has gained over 1,100 yards on the ground and has helped to lead his undefeated team to the state finals.

Adema-Schulte may be a little short in height but he is powerfully built for his frame. As such he patterns himself more as a power runner than a speed back. But let that not fool you because he can get to the edge as fast as you can blink your eyes. Adema-Schulte shows the ability to slide and pick and when he sees daylight, he runs to it with enough purpose, power and balance to break tackles and make yards after contact. He sees the field very well and is quick–footed enough to make you miss him in the hole if he doesn’t decide to run through you. 

The best part about Adema-Schulte’s game is his pass catching ability out of the backfield and what he can do afterwards: if he has a little space-goodbye! 

Adema-Schulte would be a great fit for a traditional or spead offense as change of pace back or all purpose or slot back.

 Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO

 

9.

Greg Hardin
Bellevue West

WR

 

 

(5-11, 165)
NR, NR
NR
NR
NR

NA

     NA

Skills & Attributes: Very good hands, very good body control, adjusts very well to ball in the air, good acceleration off the ball and on cuts, good speed, clutch receiver.

Analysis:  Greg Hardin is soon to be a Nebraska high school two-time First   Team ALL State WR. He is Nebraska’s career leader in both reception yards, (2,231), and  TDs (31).  Hardin is a smooth rout runner with very good hands and body control and the quickness to create separation coming out of a cut.

Hardin shows no difficulty catching any manner of ball thrown–in fact the more difficult the catch the better it seems for Hardin. Downfield and away from the ball, Hardin decoys well and shows the desire to block downfield on running and passing plays.

Hardin should develop into a very good possession type of receiver with the ability to create big plays through his body control and acceleration.

 Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: No

 

10.

Bryant Giles 
Omaha North

 

RB

(5-10, 185)
NR, NR
NR
NR
NR

NA

NA

Skills & Attributes: Very good vision, very good cutback ability, good toughness good acceleration, good athleticism.

Analysis: Bryant Giles is hard running slasher with very good vision, cut back ability and the quickness and agility to be elusive. After a very productive junior season, Giles had a monster senior year rushing for a Nebraska Class A second best total of 1,583 yards to go along with his 19 TDs.

Giles shows good body lean and control and he flashes the ability to be patient, while allowing his blockers’ attempts to shed some light. And as soon as a smidgen of daylight appears, Giles has the acceleration to blow through and pick up big chunks of yardage.  He shows good toughness when running between the tackles and the ability to pick up yards after contact. More impressively, Giles has the speed and quickness to turn the corner and to go the distance. Away from the ball, Giles demonstrates the ability to pass protects and to block in the open field, as well as the ambition to effectively carry out fakes.

It doesn’t matter if it’s between the tackles or on the edge Giles is a tough runner who always fights to get the extra yards.

Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO

11.

Kelvin Johnson
Omaha
Burke

   RB

(6-1, 215)
NR, NR
NR
NR
NR

NA 

 

NA

Skills & Attributes: Very good size, very good blocker, good speed, good accelration, hard runner, violent at point of contact, good strength, good power, good vision, good football IQ.

Analysis:  Kelvin Johnson may be the biggest “sleeper” prospect in Nebraska– a big, strong, tough and powerful high school RB with speed, who does a whole lot of other good things away from the ball. He has the kind of size, speed, raw ability and temperament that are ripe to blossom at the next level–his best days are ahead of him.

As a high school RB/FB, Johnson has put together two very productive high school seasons: he rushed for nearly 900 yards last season and nearly 700 yards this season–but don’t let those sub 1,000 yard numbers fool you! Johnson plays within a system and rotation that features two other good backs plus a very good running QB.

As part of his team’s offensive rotation, Johnson serves as the big powerful back that can block and is very good at running between the tackles. Johnson performed his duties very well: He  hits the hole with determination and runs with, good body lean and the consistent ability to lower and square his shoulders to the line of scrimmage. Upon contact, he keeps his legs pumping as he fights for the extra yard. As a result, Johnson will often picks up good yards after breaking free from initial contact—it usually takes more than one player to bring Johnson down–he also flashes signs of elusiveness after penetrating the line.

Johnson plays very well without the ball in his hands: he is a very good blocker and very adept at carrying out ball fakes. The final addition to this RB’s repertoire is that if he finds a seam, Johnson has the quickness and the breakaway speed to go the distance. And that is what really makes this big RB an intriguing prospect.

Johnson has the size and the speed and he may be a little time and some hard work away from being a very productive RB at the next level. In fact, because of Johnson’s size and speed one could plausibly argue that he is the most likely Class of 2009 RB to succeed at the next level.

 

Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: Yes. Click here to view.

 

12.

Ty Kildow
Millard
South

ATH

(5-7, 170)
290, 425
4.4
3.97
41″

NA

2 Star
5.3
NR

Skills & Attributes: Excellent speed, Excellent vertical, very explosive, very good hands, very good toughness, very good athleticism, high football IQ, potential difference maker.

Analysis TY Kildow still has not returned from off season knee surgery. But we still think that this outstanding athlete ranks among the top D-1 football prospects in Nebraska.

The most explosive player in the state of Nebraska and perhaps one of its best athletes. The JR year First Team All-State football and baseball player has 4.39 40 yard dash speed and good hands. He would be ranked higher if not for his 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.

Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO

 

Just Missed

“These players are just as good”

Alex Stopak, OL, (6-4, 280) Millard South; Drew Neville, LB (6-0, 210) Millard South; Tyler Niederklein, WR (6-2, 190) Millard West;  Dakota McCormack, LB (6-2, 215) Omaha Westside; Willie Meytoyer (5-10, 190) Omaha Westside; Jake Marousek, ATH, (6-2, 190) Omaha Burke; Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 260) Papillion-La Vista; Alex Hook, QB (6-0, 175) Creighton Prep; Kyle Bertelsen, LB (6-2, 218) Douglas Co West; Tyrone Lewis, LB (6-4, 195) Lincoln North Star.

Top Mention list

“Many of these players will continue to play at the next level”

Brad Heldt, SF (6-0, 175) Creighton Prep; Nick Failla, QB/ATH (5-10, 175) Millard North; Justin Small, LB (6-2, 230) St Cecilia; Matt Sterup, OL (6-6, 270) St Cecilia; Marcus Hall-Oliver, DE (6-1, 205) Central; Daryle Hawkins, QB, (6-4, 185) Central; Jack Saxton, LB (6-0, 190) Burke;  Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185) Burke; Zach Christo, OG (6-1, 290) Millard South; Bud Kauzlarich, DT (6-0,  275) Papillion -La Vista S.; 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; Ron; Kellogg QB (6-1, 210) Westside;  Dayton Graf, DL (6-5, 275) Lincoln SW;  Tyson Clark, WR (6-4, 200) Lincoln East; Drew Sankey, (6-4, 200) Lincoln East

  

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Poll: Pick Your Top ’09 Nebraska D-1 RB Prospect

Posted on October 31, 2008. Filed under: High School Football, Polls:Open—Vote | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pick the one Nebraska high school Class of 2009 running back from the list below that you truly believe has the skills set: size, speed, strength, agility, and ability (mental and physical) to mature–over the years– into an effective D-1 RB at the next level.

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Hit News’ 2008 Playoff Breakdown: Games 3 & 4

Posted on October 29, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

#5 Kearney VS #12 Westside
(Game3)

#13 Papillion-La Vista South VS #4 Omaha North
(Game 4)

 


#5 Kearney (6-3)  VS  #12 Omaha Westside (5-4)

Game 3

This is an interesting game as both the Bearcats and the Warriors are hard teams to figure out. I mean you just never have a feel for what team is going to show up when either one of these two teams plays. But this is an elimination game, so both teams had better be ready to play thier best football of the year on both sides of the ball for the full 60 minutes of the game.

 

Don’t get me wrong–whoever  wins this game is still capable of reaching Lincoln and carrying home a championship trophy. It’s all about who can get hot and stay that way for four games in a row at this time of the year!

 

Other than the fact that Bearcat head coach Brandon Cool is one of the best coaches in the state,  I don’t know much about this season’s  Bearcat team except their seemingly erratic perfromances and their number one RB Vinny Molina, who is also one of the state’s fastest sprinters. 

 

Kearney better hope that Molina doesn’t cramp up (as is the usual case) in this game because they will need a full night’s work from him to get by the Warriors.

 

The Warriors need  good performances from both QB Ron Kellogg and RB Willie Metoyer for them to pull this one out.

Kearney will be tough to beat at home!

 

Bearcats’
Keys To victory

Warriors
Keys To victory

The Bearcats will need to be multi-dimensional–with the run and the pass; convert third downs and avoid turnovers.

Defensively, the Bearcats need to contain the Warrior’s  elusive Willie Metoyer and keep pressure on Ronald Kellogg. 

RB Willie Metoyer and QB Ron Kellogg need to play to their potential in order to avoid an early exit from the playoffs. Of course they will only be as successful as their O-line, who will have their hands full with a scrappy and aggressive Bearcat defense. 

On defense the Warriors will need to contain Molina and the other RBs while also guarding against the Bearcats’ aerial attack.

Bearcats’
Key Players To Watch

Warriors’
Key Players To Watch

Jordan Moncrief, QB; Vinny Molina RB; Josh Mead, RB; Brad Albrecht, WR.

Ron Kellogg, QB; Willie Metoyer, RB, LB; Dakota McCormack, LB, TE.

 


#13 Papillion-La Vista South (5-4)  VS  #4 Omaha North  (8-1)

Game 4

A rematch game that saw Omaha North barely squeak by the Titans in a 28-21 slug out just two weeks ago. Michael Burrus pounded the Viking defense for  311 rushing yards that night to no avail as his team still came up short where it counted the most–scoreboard.

That game also saw the return from injury of starting Viking QB Steve Veith, who helped to guide a fairly balanced running and passing attack. Veith is a key cog in the Vikings high output offense–his absence in the Burke game, due to a previous injury, played a major factor in the Vikings only loss of the season.

After dissecting the film of their recent contest, both coaching staffs should have their A games ready for this Friday night’s playoff elimination game. Look for another close contest.

The fans should be treated to seeing  the performances  of two of the top running backs in the state in the form of the Titans’ Michael Burrus (1, 663 rushing yards) and the Vikings’ Bryant Giles (1, 238  rushing yards).

Titans’
Keys To victory

Vikings’
Keys To victory

The Titans could benefit by diversifying their offensive strategy with a few more passing plays. make sure to capitalize on Burrus’ pass catching abilities. They also must convert more on third downs and limit turnovers.On the defensive side of the ball, The Titans must limit Giles’ big play capability by not over pursuing on plays and taking proper angles to the ball. The key to success here is a very aggressive and punishing defense capable of producing some turnovers. Oh yea! and now you know that Veith can pass so be ready. Omaha North should play this game by the motto “if it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it.” Just rely on Veith to run the offense and count on the lightning and thunder backfield combo of Bryant Giles and Ronald Coleman to deliver the goods behind a strong O-line anchored by D-1 prospect  James Davis.Defensively, the Vikings must do a better job of containing Michael Burrus and they must watch out for an improving Titan passing attack.

Titans’
Key Players To Watch

Vikings’
Key Players To Watch

Deric Olson, QB; Michael Burrus, RB; Hank Kafoneck, WR; Chandler Thomas, TE; Eric Butler, RB. Bryant Giles, RB, Ron Coleman, RB, LB, DL; Steve Veith, QB; James Davis, OL;, Kendall Anderson, DB; Mitch Johnson WR.

Related Links: Breakdown Games 1 & 2

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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
.  

 


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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Sarah Gilbert works a triple/Schulte trumps Burrus at Thunderbird Track Invite

Posted on April 24, 2008. Filed under: High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News from hithighlights.com

 Schulte wins 100 meter
Kohlman Adema-Schulte crosses finish line to win Thunderbird Invite 100 Meter.

    Monday’s Thunderbird Invitational, held at Bellevue West High School, provided the venue to showcase some solid workmanlike performances by several area athletes. Leading the pack was Papillion-La Vista senior, Sarah Gilbert, who  continues to rack up team points by delivering  strong performances at each meet. This time, Gilbert pulled the hat trick by winning the high jump  (5’2″); long jump (17′); and the triple jump (35′ 1.25″). 

    While Gilbert reigned supreme over the girls field events, Laura Brown of Papillion-La Vista South dominated the track. Brown won the 100 meter  and  200 meter sprints with respective times of 12.30 and 26.06. Brown was also a member of  Papillion-La Vista South’s wining 4X100 relay team that posted its season’s best time (50.86).

    The highlight of the meet came in the boys 100 meter sprint, which featured the reigning season-to-date top 100 meter time holder Michael Burrus of Papillion-Lavista South .  In the blocks next to Burrus was Millard West’s Kohlman Adema-Schulte (JR) Schulte, a stocky yet massively built sprinter,  looked like a big fluid mass of explosive fast twitch muscles rolling down the track as he gained a little separation from Burrus over the last twenty meters to win the event in the time of 10.73 (electronic time). So now we have another contender for the boys Class A 100 meter title. And Schulte runs like he can deliver. 

    Bruised but not detered, Burrus went on to coast to an easy victory in the 200, clockng in at 20.26  Right now, it appears that the 200 meters is Burrus’s strongest event.  Burrus—if pushed— is definttely capable of posting sub 22 second times in the 200.

    The Hit News Highlight Performer of the Meet is Sarah Gilbert. Other notable performers were: Justin Combs of Bellevue West, who set a meet record in the triple jump with a skip of 45’11″(Class A best and All-Class second best this season); Matt Evers (Bellevue East) won the 400 (50.48) and 800 (2:00.10); Bellevue East’s Phil Collison won the Discus with a throw of 154′ 3″; Amber Lutmer of Millard West tossed the weight 41’11″‘ to win the shot put and Kelvin Johnson of Burke won his 100 meter heat but finished third with a time of 10.80. 

    Hopefully, the weather will start cooperating and we can start seeing times and distances improve even more. The boys Class A 100 meter title is really shaping up to be a shootout—it’s wide open!  Weather permitting, I look forward to seeing  some exciting competition and some low ticks during the metro, district and state meets!

     I apologize for the delay in posting the this article and the accompanying video. The delay was do to the inability  to obtain accurate event results—event results were not posted at the meet.  Consequently, I needed to verify  what was announced over the public address system and what I personally witnessed and heard versus what was posted in the paper. One case in point: At the meet, the  announcer stated that the winning boys 100 meter  time was 10.73.  However,  the Omaha World-Herald reports that the winning time was 10.8. This is the  same time that was run by the third place finisher Kelvin Johnson, who ran in another heat. If Johnson ran a 10.8, he should have tied for first or finished second. Because Schulte clearly beat Burrus by at least .05.  Therefore, I decided to post the winning boys 100 meter time as it was announced (10.73).”

Upon notification, any erroneous results posted on this site will  be corrected as soon as possible.

 View Thunderbird Invite video highlights below:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVnSxOqdTTE

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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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