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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Lincoln Journal Star Selects All- City Football Team

Posted on December 1, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cole Pensick and Tyrone Lewis Selected Honorary Captains

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights
  

   On Suday November 30, 2008, the Nebraska  Lincoln Journal Star released its All City Team (click here to view).

   The Honorary Captains for the team are Nebraska DL recruit Cole Pensick (6-2, 250) from Lincoln Northeast selected as a First Team OL, and Lincoln North Star’s Tyrone Lewis selected as a First Team LB .  In an earlier game this past season,  Lewis (6 -4, 195) recorded two picks for touchdowns and four sacks against Lincoln East.  Lewis was also an outstanding RB for the Navigators.

   Other notable selections for the Lincoln All- City Team are the two big and tall senior WRs from Lincoln East: Drew Sankey (6-5, 200) and  Tyson Clark (6-4, 200).  Throw in a third skyscrapper wideout in  Junior Dillon Schrodt (6-4  180) from Lincoln North Star and this lineup would present a very imposing and intimidating rotation to would be defenders.

   Schrodt and QB Rylan Cotton from Lincoln Southwest are the only juniors to make First Team All-City. Hit News looks forward to reading, hearing and seeing  a lot about  these two over the next year or so.

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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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  • my Hit News.com

    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force

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    Sponsor: Hit Highlights Inc.

    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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