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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What’s Wrong With Nebraska High School Football Players?

Posted on February 5, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Nebraska High School Football Players: Something Special

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com 

    All right guys (and gals) you can get the Omaha World-Herald signing day notes by clicking on this link.  I will update the my Hit News ’09 Offers and Commitments board by Friday and put the class to bed.  Now it is all about the Class of 2010 Prospects.

   The high school class of 2009 had nine players that received D-1A offers but only seven signed on the dotted line. The two that bowed out were Vondrae Tostenson–reportedly headed to Iowa Western (JUCO)) and Eric Koehlmoos, who is headed to D-1AA South Dakota State.

   Only two Nebraskans in this class found their way to Lincoln on a scholarship: Cole Pensick and CJ Zimmerer. If that’s not disappointing enough–the Nebraska ’09 walk-on class is pretty small too.  What does this all say about: (1) the state of Nebraska high school football and (2) its relationship with the current Husker staff and (3) the future ramifications of it all?

2009
Recruited Nebraska Walk-ons
(as reported by Omaha World-Herald)


Nick Failla, Millard North

Ty Kildow, Millard South

Coline Kanne Millard West

Tyson Clark, Lincoln East

Tyrone Lewis, Lincoln North Star

Ron Kellogg, Omaha Westside

Mitch Hron, Schuyler

Corey Kraci, Schuyler

   Those are the questions I will be tackling in the next couple of weeks on my Hit News.com.  However, I will leave you with these thoughts: if the Huskers try to sell Nebraska high school kids on being “loyal” to their state program and forgoing scholarships to walk-on at NU “where is this staff’s loyalty to Nebraska kids when they only give two scholarships and let at least five of our best leave this state with D-1A offers from other programs–without an offer from the Huskers.”

   It cuts both ways!

   If Nebraska high school football players are so inferior, why ask them to walk-on?  If Nebraska high school football players are so inadequate, why have so many of them been star players for the Huskers?  And why have so many Nebraska walk-ons beat out highly touted–blue chip–scholarship athletes and become starters for the Huskers?

   Why?

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Something Special

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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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Kildow to Walk-On To Nebraska: Will Others Follow?

Posted on January 22, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

An Opinion On Nebraka’s Instate Recruiting Strategy

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Ty Kildow, Millard South’s dual sport All-State speedster, has decided to walk-on at Nebraska University. 

   The All-State first team football and baseball player missed his entire senior football season due to freak summer knee injury that required surgery.  Ironically, the incident occurred on the NU campus during a seven-on-seven high school summer league contest.

   There is no doubt that Kildow–who this past summer turned in a blazing 4.39 second 40 yard dash time at a Husker camp–is the most explosive player in Nebraska’s high school class of 2009.  Consequently, he is a huge pick-up for the Huskers.  Especially considering that Kildow has a full ride scholarship on the table from D-1AA North Dakota as well as from several other D-II schools.

Cotton Comes To Omaha For Walk-ons

   Husker coach Barney Cotton has been busy making the rounds this week to various Omaha Nebraska high schools attempting to persuade some high school prospects –who already have offers from other schools–to walk-on at Nebraska.  It looks like Cotton’s work paid off with Kildow.  However, the question is: “With  a little less than two weeks left until the February 4th signing day, will other Nebraska high school players follow Kildow’s lead? 

Questions

   My questions are why the Huskers have offered only two scholarships to the Nebraska high school class of  2009 football players? And why should Nebraska parents encourage their young men to walk-on to a program that seems to only be interested in pursuing our kids as–free–fodder for out-of-stat–paid–recruits? 

   If  last year’s thirty-some walk-ons and this homegrown recruiting class’ numbers (or lack thereof) are a blueprint for the future of how Bo Pelini and staff intend to do business in this state– how long  will Nebraskans keep buying it?

Just too many Class of 2009  Nebraska prospects offered D-1 scholarships from other programs that were never offered by the Huskers.

In my opinion, It’s just not a good look.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.   

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

Posted on August 24, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Also: Max Preps Nebraska Preseason All-State Team

 

Below is the annual Omaha World-Herald Super Six football players and their “Others to watch this season” mentions.

In addition, a link is also provided for Max Preps’ Nebraska Preseason All-State Team.

 

Omaha World-Herald Super Six

Jon Lechner, OL

(6-6, 315)

Omaha Creighton Prep

Cole Pensick OG/DT

(6-2, 260)

Lincoln Northeast

Tyrone Sellers DE/TE

(6-3, 220)

McCook

Brandon Wegher RB, SE, KK

(5-11, 206)

Sioux City Heelan

C.J. Zimmerer, FB, LB

(6-1, 215)

Omaha Gross

Vondrae Tostenson WR, LB

(6-5, 225)

Millard South

 

Others To Watch This Season

Offensive lineman James Davis, Omaha North
Quarterbacks: Nick Failla, Millard North; Ron Kellogg, Omaha Westside; Daryle Hawkins,Omaha Central
Wide Receivers Ty Kildow, Millard South; Justin Coleman, Beatrice
Linebackers Marcus Hall-Oliver, Omaha Central; Justin Small, Hastings St Cecilia
Defensive lineman Eric Cummings, Omaha Burke
Defensive Back Eric Koehlmoos, Pierce

 

 

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Rivals.com releases the 2009 Nebraska Top Ten HS Football Recruit Rankings.

Posted on July 26, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Below are listed the names and rankings of Rivals.com’s Preseason rankings of the State of Nebrasaka’s Top Ten Recruits:

1.   Vondrae Tostenson, WR, (6-4, 215) Millard South
2.   Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 310) Creighton Prep.
3.   Tyrone Sellers, DE (6-4, 215) McCook
4.   Cole Pensick, DT (6-2, 250) Lincoln NE
5    C. J. Zimmerer, RB (6-0, 213) Omaha Gross Catholic
6.   James Davis, OL (6-3, 300) Omaha North
7.   Ty Kildow, ATH (5-7, 170) Millard South
8.   Eric Koehlmoos, ATH (6-1, 190) Pierce
9.   Daryle Hawkins, QB (6-4, 190) Omaha Central
10. Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 255) Omaha Burke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1

    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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