Looking Ahead to 2018: Nebraska’s Top 10 Targets
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Looking Ahead to 2018: Nebraska’s Top 10 Targets

February 03, 2017

10. Another Top West Coast Quarterback

Target #1: Colson Yankoff
6-3, 195 | Coeur d’Alene, Idaho | 14 FBS Offers

Target #2: Tanner McKee
6-6, 190 | Corona, Calif. | 12 FBS Offers

Danny Langsdorf’s impressive work on the recruiting trail has led to Nebraska finally having depth at the quarterback position entering 2017. This means that the quarterback position isn’t such a pressing need for the Huskers in 2018, but Langsdorf will still look for another top signal caller from the west coast to build around. Early on, the top two prospects on Langsdorf’s board appear to be Colson Yankoff and Tanner McKee.

Yankoff, a dual-threat prospect out of Idaho, was initially committed to Oregon, but he decommitted following the coaching change in Eugene. Langsdorf already took a trip out to Idaho to see Yankoff in January, watching the talented prospect play basketball.


As a junior, Yankoff completed 68 percent of his passes and threw for 3,129 yards, 27 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Yankoff was also a dangerous runner, as he rushed for 968 yards and 26 touchdowns while averaging 8.6 yards per carry. Yankoff’s efforts helped lead the Vikings to a 6-4 record and the Idaho Class 5A quarterfinals.

McKee, a pocket passer out of California, has been on Nebraska’s radar since a breakout performance against IMG Academy last season. The talented signal caller unofficially visited Nebraska for the game against Maryland and was impressed with what he saw. McKee has seen his stock explode in January, with Georgia, Missouri and North Carolina all offering him in the past month. Despite the new offers, McKee appears to have a top group of Nebraska, BYU and Stanford (if the Cardinal make an offer to him). As a junior, McKee completed 72.5 percent of his passes while throwing 3,522 yards and 36 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. McKee’s efforts helped Centennial achieve an 11-2 record and reach the California Division I Semifinals.

9. Another Calabasas Duo

Target #1: Reggie Hughes
OL | 6-2, 205 | Calabasas, California | Offers from Nebraska and UCLA

Target #2: Nikko Hall
WR | 6-0, 175 | Calabasas, California | 5 FBS Offers

Nebraska has landed a Coyote in the past two recruiting cycles, with Marquel Dismuke, Keyshawn Johnson Jr., and Tristan Gebbia all choosing to attend Lincoln. The Huskers will look to keep that going in 2018, with two impressive prospects emerging in Reggie Hughes and Nikko Hall.

Hughes exploded as a junior for the Coyotes, as he tallied 69 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss and 19 sacks from his linebacker/rush end position. His efforts led to UCLA extending an offer to Hughes on Nov. 4. Nebraska followed suit a month later, offering Hughes on Dec. 5. Those two have been Hughes only offers so far, but he is likely going to see his stock go through the roof following the summer camp circuit.


Hall was experiencing a solid junior season in his own right, as he finished his season with 1,026 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, but he truly turned heads with a dominant performance in Calabasas’ semifinal game against Madison. Despite the Coyotes losing 60-53, Hall was the best player on the field, tallying 262 receiving yards and intercepting three passes from his free safety position. This performance led to Nebraska, UCLA and USC all offering the talented receiver, with Oregon, Louisville and Oklahoma following suit soon afterward. UCLA is considered the favorite at this point, but Nebraska and Keith Williams are right in the thick of things with Hall at this point.



8. Calvin Avery

DT/SDE | 6-2, 310 | Dallas, Texas | 15 FBS Offers

Nebraska landed a top nose guard from Bishop Dunne in the 2017 class with Damion Daniels and now the Huskers are going to go back to the well again for another defensive linemen in 2018. Calvin Avery emerged as one of the top junior defensive line prospects in 2017, as he tallied 68 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks while helping lead the Falcons to the Texas Class D1 state title game. Avery visited Nebraska with Daniels last June and was impressed with the facilities and hit it off well with John Parrella. Parrella will have to put in some more solid work with Avery, as the Huskers are currently battling it out with Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Baylor for the talented defensive tackle. Avery has the versatility to play both nose guard and defensive end in Nebraska’s 3-4 scheme.



7. Will Farniok

C | 6-3, 255 | Sioux Falls, South Dakota | 3 FBS Offers

One of Mike Riley’s first recruiting wins as Nebraska’s head coach was when he convinced Matt Farniok to attend Nebraska instead of Iowa. Now Riley is going to try to do the same thing with Matt’s younger brother Will. Will first came onto Nebraska’s radar as a sophomore, as he earned the starting spot on Washington’s state championship team. Farniok’s performance as a sophomore earned him an offer from Nebraska, but his dominant junior season earned him national attention, as he led Washington to a 12-0 record and a state title, earning all-state honors in the process. Farniok is considered a significant Husker lean at this point, but Iowa and Iowa State are both working hard to steal him away from Mike Cavanaugh.


6. Daniel Parker Jr.

OL/DL | 6-3, 270 | Blue Springs, Missouri | 5 FBS Offers

Daniel Parker Jr. proved that Nebraska needed to get him in its class last summer and now the Huskers just need to figure out where to put him. Parker put in a dominant performance at Nebraska’s big man camp last June, catching the attention of Parrella and earning a Nebraska offer. Parker then followed up his impressive camp showing with a dominant performance as a junior, earning 1st team all-state honors at offensive line while leading Blue Springs High School to an 11-3 record and the Missouri Class 6 state championship game. Parker can play defensive end, defensive tackle, guard or offensive tackle at the collegiate level, as he is a dominant and versatile performer. Nebraska is currently battling with Missouri, Iowa and Notre Dame for Parker’s services, though he will likely see his recruiting stock explode this summer.


5. Antwan Reed

OT | 6-7, 290 | Bradenton, Florida | 7 FBS Offers

Nebraska made the move and offered Antwan Reed on Jan. 23, getting in early on one of the most talented offensive linemen in the 2018 class. Reed is planning to attend IMG Academy for his senior season, but he spent his junior season dominating for Muskegon High School, the same school as Nebraska linebacker commit Andrew Ward. Reed currently holds 7 FBS offers, including tenders from Michigan, Michigan State and Florida. Michigan is considered the favorite at this point, but Nebraska is working hard to secure a summer visit from the massive left tackle.



4. Solomon Tuliaupupu

ILB | 6-3, 125 | Claremont, California | 22 FBS Offers

Trent Bray snagged top 100 linebacker Avery Roberts out of Delaware in 2017, beating out Penn State and Oklahoma in one of the more impressive recruiting victories last cycle. Now Bray will look to steal a top linebacker prospect from the other coast in 2018, as he is working hard to land California prospect Solomon Tuliaipupu. Tuliaupupu first landed an offer from Nebraska in June, with the Huskers joining USC, Washington, Oregon and Notre Dame in the chase for the talented prospect. As a junior, Tuliaupupu tallied 126 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and two sacks while also earning all-state honors. USC is considered the favorite to land the talented linebacker at this point, but Bray has proven before that he should not be counted out.


3. Kamryn Babb

WR/CB | 6-0, 185 | St. Louis, Missouri | 22 FBS Offers

Nebraska is working hard to re-establish its pipeline to the state of Missouri and St. Louis in particular, as Kenny Wilhite has spent the majority of his time on the road recruiting the St. Louis area. One of the main reasons for that is the presence of ultra-talented 2018 prospect Kamryn Babb. Babb first came onto Nebraska’s radar during his sophomore season, as he paired with current Nebraska running back Tre Bryant to help Christian Brothers Academy reach the Missouri Class 6 championship game. Babb improved his stock even further as a junior, earning 1st team all state honors as a wide receiver and leading the Cadets to the Class 6 semifinals. Babb currently holds 22 FBS offers, with Ohio State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Missouri working hard to land the prospect. Keith Williams has been actively recruiting Babb since his sophomore season, and he will do everything he can to beat out his buddy in Columbus again in 2018


2. Brendan Radley-Hiles

CB | 5-10, 175 | Bradenton, Florida | 25 FBS Offers

Radley-Hiles exploded onto Nebraska’s radar last summer, as he dominated a Friday Night Lights Camp that held some of the most dominant wide receiver prospects in the nation. This performance made Radley-Hiles one of the top prospects on Nebraska’s board in 2018, as the Huskers battled with Florida for the talented prospect. Despite Nebraska’s best efforts, the Huskers appeared to be falling behind the Gators for Radley-Hiles, especially after he decided to transfer to IMG Academy for his senior season. But Tyjon Lindsey flipping his commitment from Ohio State to Nebraska may have changed things, as Radley-Hiles is looking much more likely to join Nebraska’s class than he did a week ago. Radley-Hiles is considered a consensus top 100 recruit and would be another highly touted member of Nebraska’s secondary.



1. Michael Thompson

DE | 6-4, 285 | St. Louis, Missouri | 19 FBS Offers

Can Nebraska get back to landing elite level talent on the defensive line? That is the question that Parrella will be looking to answer with the recruitment of Michael Thompson. Nebraska first offered Thompson back in May, and then watched Thompson in person at the St. Louis satellite camp in June. Thompson was impressive and the Huskers zeroed in on him and fellow St. Louis lineman Trevor Trout and began recruiting them heavily. Right now, Nebraska is on the outside looking in for Thompson, as the Huskers are trailing Ohio State in the chase for the talented defensive linemen. If Bob Diaco’s 3-4 is going to work, Nebraska needs to begin landing elite athletes on the defensive line. Masry Mapieu is a good start, but Parrella needs to find a way to steal Thompson out of St. Louis in order to put his 2018 class over the top. As a junior Thompson earned 1st team all-state honors while leading the Vikings to an 11-3 record and the Missouri Class 4 semifinals.


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