Now that the early signing period is in the books it’s time for Nebraska to reload and reorganize the recruiting board to finish strong on the traditional February signing day. We've already taken a look at the offense, so here are few names on the defensive side to know.
4-star DT Michael Thompson (St. Louis, Missouri)
Thompson is a prospect that had all but written Nebraska off under the previous staff. Scott Frost, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive line coach Mike Dawson have been in contact with the defender to get him to take a January visit. It will be a tough task but they are making up a lot of ground.
3-star DE Daniel Carson (Independence, Missouri)
It’s hard to believe, but if Nebraska fails to land either Thompson or Carson (pictured above) it will get shut out in Missouri this year, which would be a real shame. Carson represents their best chance of landing a player from the show me state. He would be a terrific pickup for the defense and has a visit scheduled in January.
3-star OLB Javontae Jean-Baptiste (Oradell, New Jersey)
During the final stretch to February signing day, Nebraska will need to add a pass rusher. Jean-Baptiste fits the mold perfectly for an outside linebacker that can get after the quarterback. The staff has a previous relationship with him since it offered at UCF. It was huge that he did not sign with Virginia Tech during the early signing period, and now the Husker coaches get even more time to work on him.
3-star DB Taiyon Palmer (Lawrenceville, Georgia)
A newcomer to the offer list for Husker fans, Palmer picked up a Nebraska offer on Dec. 13. The 3-star defender has seen his stock rise since he backed off his pledge to Duke. Expect a strong push for him and other corners over the next few weeks.
4-star safety Cam Jones (Mansfield, Texas)
Jones took an official visit to campus over the Dec. 15 weekend. He hit it off with Huskers defensive end commit Tate Wildeman and had a great visit. Jones is a Nebraska lean right now, but the Huskers will have to hold off Ole Miss and others for his services.
Bonus: 3-star DB Tyrese Ross (Atlanta, Georgia)
Defensive back could be the biggest need in this class so let’s add another to the mix. Ross is a good athlete who is not afraid to mix it up in the run game. He has familiarity with the staff as the coaches offered him at UCF, and he is currently uncommitted. Nebraska's coaches have been working to get him on campus for a visit.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.