The Nebraska football program has the blessing of the Big Ten conference to oversign by three recruits during any recruiting class. Interestingly, the Huskers have never actually done this.
If there’s ever a time to do so, it’s this cycle.
Not too long ago, we discussed how with so much momentum, Mike Riley and Co. would be foolish to simply take a hard 15 commitments and shut things down.
For fun, we used 247Sports’ Recruiting Calculator to provide this class with the best possible recruits to meet remaining needs and give Nebraska the best class it could possibly have with such limited numbers. Today, we’re going to have a look at who the Big Red should snag if they finally decide to go the oversigning route.
Familiarize yourself with the class we’ve already outlined. As a refresher, the Huskers would currently have the No. 2 class in the Big Ten and No. 4 class nationally with a score of 222.5 taking the current theoretical class into account.
Outside Linebacker Ronnie Perkins: Welcome to Bob Diaco’s 3-4 defense where being 6-4 and 250 pounds doesn’t mean your hand will always be in the dirt. Nebraska’s defensive coordinator actually has a fondness for a more chunky front seven (said in the fondest of ways).
Perkins has been an absolute bully for St. Louis, Mo.’s Lutheran North High School up front as a defensive end. He’d likely have that same role in Diaco’s defense as a lean, mean pass rushing machine on the outside.
Athlete Mario Goodrich: One of the many prospects that had a fantastic time at Nebraska’s Red-White Spring Game, Goodrich came away so impressed that he’s allegedly been ready to commit since the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard.
The second Missouri native on this list, Goodrich would provide Nebraska with a highly versatile athlete. He’s spent time at running back, wide receiver, cornerback and returned both kicks and punts for Lee’s Summit West High School.
Simply put, he’s the kind of talent that Nebraska doesn’t let get away, especially when he’s both infatuated with the program and inside the 500-mile radius.
Athlete Talanoa Hufanga: Getting tired of the legitimate four-star prospects yet? Hufanga hails from Riley’s old stomping grounds of Corvallis, Ore. Ranked as the No. 99 prospect in the country by the 247Sports Composite Index, he does it all for Crescent Valley High School.
Not only does Hufanga take snaps as a quarterback, he also spends time at defensive back. This provides a unique prospect that can truly get in the head of the opposition regardless of which side of the field he’s on.
Obviously he’s not likely to be a future signal-caller for the Huskers, but the 6-1, 195-pounder has a violent streak that would serve him well as a member of Diaco’s defense.
With the addition of these signings, Nebraska’s new point total would be 248.77. That would give the Huskers the best class in the conference and have them sitting at No. 2 in the nation.
At this point, it’s safe to say the Nebraska football staff will be eyeballing the oversigning option more than it ever has during the Mike Riley era. While we’ve only gone over 18 possible commitments, there’s always the possibility of a transfer or two allowing the Huskers to potentially take even up to 20 or 21 recruits should the room be there.
If the Big Red does decide to oversign, they have to make sure to follow through with the promise of making sure there will only be 85 players on scholarship by fall camp.
Not an easy decision, but that’s why they get paid the big bucks, folks.