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

   my Hit 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.

my Hit
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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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

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

   my Hit’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  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


“*”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


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


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












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








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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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
*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


Jon Lechner, OL
Creighton Prep


Tyrone Sellers, DE


C. J. Zimmerer,  FB
Omaha Gross Catholic


Vondrae Tostenson, WR
Millard South


Cole Pensick, DT
Lincoln Northeast


James Davis, OL
Omaha North


Eric Koehlmoos, SF


Eric Cummings, DT
Omaha Burke


Jordan Hale, ATH
Millard South


Corey Serrano, ATH
North Platte


Brent Webb, SF
Bellevue West


Tyler Seals, QB
Bellevue West


Scott Criss, DT
Creighton Prep


Michael Burrus, RB Papillion-La Vista South


Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB, Millard West


Greg Hardin, WR
Bellevue West


Bryant Giles, RB
Omaha North


Kelvin Johnson, RB
Omaha Burke 


Ty Kildow, ATH
Millard South 


Drew Neville, LB
Millard South


Alex Stopak, OL
Millard South


Tyler Niederklein, WR
Millard West


Jake Marousek, ATH Omaha Burke


Willie Metoyer, RB
Omaha Westside


Kyle Bertelsen, LB
Douglas County West

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

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

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

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

The final six prospects will be released on Thursday, November 20th, 2009.

   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 17th, 2008 @ 9:00 a.m.                      


"The Last Whistle"

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



High School


40 Time

Grade, National Rank
(click score
to see




Eric Cummings
Omaha Burke



(6-2, 360)
360, 480


2 Star,

Skills & Attributes: Very quick feet, very good hands, very good strength, good tackler, plays violently, very good toughness, good range, very good leverage, good football IQ.

Analysis: Eric Cummings is a very athletic and explosive D-lineman who will get violent at the point of contact.  His quick hands and even quicker feet allows him to–sometimes–display athletic abilities that are regularly observed in elite players such as: fluidly spinning off an opponent to make an unlikely tackle or getting skinny to violently knife into a fortress of bodies to bring down a runner; or showing great range by making plays down the line from the D-gap to the A gap or even across the field.

Cummings may not display the aforementioned abilities consistently and regularly enough to garner elite player status, but his ability to–on occasions–showcase such talents may speak volumes about his potential. 

The potential becomes even more apparent when you take into account that he plays a very good high school  DE at 260lb. Consequently, his projected college move down the line to DT should bring to a defense a very quick and athletic player at that position–even with added weight. He most likely will be  a one gap perpetrator DT in a 4-3 scheme or even a DE in a 3-4 alignment.

Cummings is very good against the run and plays extremely well in traffic, while showing good pad level and leverage and the ability to control and to drive much larger players. He also demostrates the knack to quickly shed a blocker in order to attack the runner. Cummings is also an effective pass rusher, who has the ability to bull rush and/or to use his hands and feet to get around blockers. Cummings has a good motor and always seems to be fighting to get to the ball.


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



Jordan Hale
Millard South



(6-0 180)
(290, 405)



Skills & Attributes: Very good speed, very good athleticism, very good acceleration, good vision, plays violently, reads well, reacts very well, good tackler, high football IQ

Analysis: Jordan Hale is simply the most underrated HS player in Nebraska!

On both sides of the ball, this kid is a player and among the best in the state at each position —RB and DB.

The reported  40 time for Hale is 4.46.  If how he looks live and on film is any indication–  on his way to a state leading 22 TDs and over 1,100 yards rushing–he looks every bit to have that kind of speed.

Hale is a hard running slasher with the pop to hit the hole quick and the hips and the acceleration to cutback on a dime. And if a would-be-tackler happens to stick, Hale will often deliver the first blow.

On defense, Hale is a tenacious DB with a very good nose for the ball–he demonstrates good hips in coverage and seems to read and react well and he is able to  provide punishing run support.

Based on Hale’s excellence on both sides of the ball, it is hard to determine a projected position–he can be used so many ways on offense. But he seems to really enjoy being the aggressor and delivering big hits on defense.

As a result of Hale’s great senior season–if his speed and size are legit–I would be very surprised if he does receive a D-1 offer. 


Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO



Corey Serrano
North Platte



(6-1, 190)
250, 315,



Skills & Attributes: Excellent athleticism, good speed, plays violently, good vision, high football IQ.

Analysis Corey Serrano may be the best overall Nebraska high school football player in the Class of 2009. This kid can do it all–and do it very well!

Unfortunately, this season Serrano has fallen victim to the saying “Jack of all trades and master of none.” His move this season to QB–a position he played very well–may have hampered his ability to showcase his best skills as a RB–a position ESPN rated him as the 102 best in the country.


Serrano is  an upright runner with just the right amount of lean and acceleration to give him the ability to slash or cut back or to run through arm tackles or  to wash through a big hitter that doesn’t wrap up–all of which he can do very adeptly.


Serrano is a natural who is at home doing anything with the ball in his hands. Yet he also is a very good DB, who has the size, speed, reaction skills, physicality, and open field tackling ability to be a very good D-1 SF that is capable of covering the pass or stopping the run. Now throw in the fact that he can also run back, punts and kickoffs–you have a hard time on deciding how to recruit this kid. 

Once his niche is decided, Serrano is the kind a player that should blossom at the D-1 level.

 Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: No



Brent Webb
Bellevue West



(6-0, 190)
235, 345



Skills & Attributes: Very good athleticism, good speed, good hips, good acceleration, good vision, plays violently, reads well, good tackler, high football IQ.

Analysis:  Webb is a physically gifted athlete who is a very good player on both sides of the ball–as a RB/WB on offense and as a DB on defense. He is projected to be a SF at the next level–and rightfully so. Because it is on defense where Webb shines the most.

He is very good at analyzing and reacting to play action and reads the ball well in the air, and shows very good acceleration to the point of attack. Webb also demonstrates the physicality and the toughness to come up and defend the run–he is not shy about punishing a runner. He has proved to be a very aggressive defender with a nose for the ball and a good tackler with the ability to make plays in the open field.


Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO



Tyler Seals
Bellevue West



(6-1, 185)
235, 340





Skills & Attributes: Extreme toughness, good feet, good speed, good pocket presence, can throw on the run, accurate short to medium, sees the field well, high football IQ.

Analysis: Tyler Seals is a record breaking Nebraska HS QB who has thrown for over 5,200 yards (2, 800 + this year) and 60 TDs in his career.

This gunslinger is one tough cookie, who has very good poise in the pocket and who is not afraid to hold the ball until the last second. Seals is also adept at accurately throwing on the move to his left or right. Even while on the move, Seals keeps his eyes focused down field to find an open receiver.

The QB spot is the hardest position to be recruited for, as most schools usually only offer one (two at most) scholorships per year to QB prospects.

Seals seems to be a good fit for a spread type offense, he currently has enough arm strength to easily throw accurate short to medium range passes. However, put hm on a strength and conditioning program and give him a good QB coach and Seals may turn into a very effective  D-1 QB capable of laser targeting all throws at any length.


Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO



Scott Criss
Creighton Prep



(6-4, 240)



Skills & Attributes: Good leverage, good toughness, good tackler, good feet, good range. good football IQ.

Analysis: The more you watch Criss live and on film the more you appreciate his game and potential. The kid is pretty nimble on his feet and shows good lateral movement and range for a big fella.

Criss is very good at defending the run whether it’s coming right at him, to the outside, or inside and far away, Criss has the range and the quickness to get to the ball. At a long and wide 6-4, Criss has the frame to be able to pack on some good bulk in order to line up at the DT spot in college.

Criss  would probably be a good fit as a two gap stuffer in a 4-3 scheme or possibly a strongside DE if he blossoms into a more explosive player.

 Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO



Related links: Top 12 Nebraka Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer Part 2 (No. 7-12).

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Oops! Millard West Is Best Team In Class A

Posted on November 8, 2008. Filed under: High School Football, Polls:Open—Vote | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

Poll: At the bottom of article, pick the two winners of the Nebraska Class A football playoff semifinals.


   I normally stay away from predicting  the outcomes of high school playoff games; nevertheless, I took a stab (a real bad stab)  at the Bellevue West vs. Millard West game.  I ah brilliantly surmised that Tyler Seals and Greg Hardin somehow possessed enough magic to smite the mighty Wildcats into their first loss of the season. I guess I was just too caught up in the moment of their great careers and their outstanding performances in the opening round of the playoffs.

    I proclaimed the upset despite knowing that passing teams and cold windy weather don’t mix,  and even after admitting that Millard West had the better team (but not by much).  

    Boy was I wrong! Reminder to self: Stick to logic and throw out the sentiment when predicting games.

    In Friday night’s bitterly cold and windy conditions, the Wildcats managed to produce 42 points and just over 400 total yards of offense, while at the same time holding the T-Birds to just 7 points and 107 total yards, and allowing only one five yard Seals to Hardin completion.  That’s dominance!



Trench Warfare: Grand Island VS Creighton Prep 

    While the Millard West Wildcats were busily chewing on some frozen Bellevue Bird, I was at Burke stadium freezing my arse off–watching the dramatic (ha) 7-0 Creighton Prep victory over Grand Island.

  The score remained 0 – 0 until the fourth 4th qtr. There was not much action in this game unless you like to watch good trench warfare–and I do. Better yet,  Creighton Prep has several of the best linemen in the state in Jon Lechner, Jeff Uher and Scott Criss.  However, neither Grand Island nor Creighton Prep’s linemen could claim domination in the trenches, until midway through the 4th qtr., when Prep seemed to be getting the better movement.

   Though Junior RB Nick Mizaur would often slam through the line for four and five yard pops, it was a couple of key runs by senior RB Brad Heldt and senior QB Alex Hook that would finally break the game in Prep’s favor–the one that set up Heldt’s TD was the game’s longest run by Hook–a beautifully timed and executed naked bootleg that went for over twenty some yards.

  The Junior Jays’ offense managed only seven points against a very stubborn Grand Island defense, but it was enough for them to remain unbeaten and to keep their state title hopes alive. 

  The underlying story in Preps’ playoff run is their outstanding defense, which has two consecutive shutouts (three in a row counting the last regular season game) in the playoffs, adding to a grand total of 5 shutouts for the season. 

 Head coach Tom Jaworski team’s outstanding defensive performance is a function of some good Prep athletes playing together as a team with good technique, while very rarely making mistakes.

 “The Creighton Prep Junior Jays are an extraordinarily well-coached defensive team:
It is the best defensive team I have seen this year!

But are the Junior Jays the best team in Class A?”

 Millard West: Best Team In Class A

   Today, for the first time this season,  I have to answer, “No.  Millard West is the best team in Class A.”  The Wildcats have very good team speed and they have the most balanced team on offense and defense in Class A . This unique combination gives Millard West the ability to score bunches of points and/or to shut a team down.

   Fortunately, polls are meaningless right now.  Even though Hit News considers Millard West to be the best team in Class A–Omaha North, Creighton Prep and Millard South feild very good  teams that are all capable of beating the Wildcats–this is a very balanced final four.

   There is no way I will make a prediction on the Millard West vs. Omaha North or the Creighton Prep vs. Millard South game–heck, I still can’t even decide on which one to attend.  But I still stand by my pre-playoff prediction that we won’t have two unbeaten teams in the finals. 

    Could I be wrong again?

OK!  Try your hand at picking the winner of each Class A semi-final game:

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Hit News’ 2008 Playoff Breakdown: Games 7 & 8

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

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights 

#7 Grand Island VS # 10 Lincoln Southwest
(Game 7)

#15 Fremont VS # 2 Creighton Prep
(Game 8)


#7 Grand Island (6-3)  VS  #10 Lincoln Southwest (5-4)

Game 7

This is one of four rematches to be played in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Islanders won the regular season bout 28-14. But they better not go into this game over confident as Lincoln Southwest has improved since they last met Grand Island in the fourth game of the season.


The Silver Hawks  dual threat QB Rylan Cotton seems to be coming into his own and the defense is also showing signs of improvement.


The good news for the Islanders is their 1,000 yard rusher Curtis Hudiburgh and home field advantage.   This game is a tossup.

Keys To victory

Silver Hawks’
Keys To victory

The Islanders will be leaning heavily on RB Curtis Hudiburgh to carry them to victory, as well as WR Nathaniel  Zook, while QB Logan Almond controls the offense. On defense the Islanders must look to contain Cotton both on the ground and in the air. So they will need to keep an eye on his favorite target Tompkins. Rylan Cotton looms big in this contest. As he goes so too will the Silver Hawks. Fortunately,  he will have a lot of help behind him from RBs Jeff Seybold and Grant Peterson. In addition, Cotton can also turn to Ethan Tompkins, who is one of the best pass catching TEs in Nebraska. The Silver Hawks’ defense must stop  Hudiburgh on the ground and watch for the Almond to Zook hookup through the air.  

Key Players To Watch

Silver Hawks’
Key Players To Watch

Curtis Hudiburgh, RB; Nataniel Zook, WR; Logan Almond, QB. Rylan Cotton, QB; Ethan Tompkins, TE; Jeff Seybold, RB; Grant Peterson, RB.

#15 Fremont (3-6) VS  #2 Creighton Prep (9-0)

Game 8

Last but not least: Game eight features Hit News’ No. 1 rated Creighton Jr. Jays, who have led our poll from preseason through the end of regular season. They should continue–barring any miracle bestowed upon Fremont–to hold the No. 1 spot after this game. But this should be the last game this year that the Junior Jays will not have to play at their absolute best for the full 60 minutes or more. 


Keys To victory

Junior Jays’
Keys To victory

The Tigers can only hope to catch Prep on an awfully bad day and at the same time they must play their best ball of the year.Perhaps head coach Kevin Meyer and/or a member of his staff can come up with some inspiring pregame speech that will lead his team to greatness. Alex Hook just needs to do what he has been doing all season–run the offense to win games. He has some great options at his disposal–his own feet and arm or by handing it off to JR RB phenom Nick Mizaur or SR Brad Heldt. And with blocking from  huge  D-1 prospects Jon Lechner, Scott Criss and Jeff Uher he should be successful with any option he chooses.The Junior Jays defense may be the best in the state. Not only do they have a great d-line they also have a very fine defensive backfield led by pick artist Jake Efferding.


Key Players To Watch

Junior Jays’
Key Players To Watch

Trevor Strong, QB; Sam Pimper, RB. Alex Hook, QB; Jon Lechner, OL, DL; Jeff Uher, OL, DL; Scott Criss, OL, DL; Jake Efferding, DB; Brad Heldt, RB.


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


     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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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

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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


    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank


    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1


    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3


    Lincoln East(13-5) 4


    Lincoln High (11-6) 5


    Omaha Central (13-3) 3


    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7


    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103


    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8


    Chadron (19-0) NR


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

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