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NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board 7/13

By Huskerlocker @huskerlocker

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By Brandon Cavanaugh
Time spent on the Big Board is in italics
1.) OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, AZ): Peat’s narrowing down his list and a visit to Texas during the weekend of July 22 looms. He’s recently been to both Notre Dame and Michigan. While both schools seemed to have made strong impressions, Texas could be a far more challenging foe in the race for Andrus’ commitment. – 8 weeks
2.) QB Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, NJ): Fuller will be tripping to Nebraska come the end of the month. As mentioned before, that will likely define the result of his recruitment involving the Huskers. Tim Beck and Ross Els are both working their tails off to show Devin how he can be a valuable asset in Nebraska’s new offense. If Taylor Martinez excels in 2011, Fuller may give the Cornhuskers a very serious look. – 8 weeks
3.) QB Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, Texas): Armstrong continues to be heavily recruited by the Cornhuskers. With Beck as his key contact, if both he and Fuller commit, that could result in Devin playing a more versatile role a la Jamal Turner. As it stands, Nebraska looks to be sitting pretty with Armstrong. - 4 weeks
4.) WR/ATH Ghierry Vanderkuyp (Hialeah, FL): A few things caused Ghierry to shoot up the Big Board. First, while he may not have an impressive offer list just yet, he would make an excellent defensive back at 6’2” 180 pounds. Second, Corey Raymond is shoving his way into SEC territory to get after this kid. Third, he wants to get to Lincoln to check things out ASAP. – 2 weeks
5.) DT Vincent Valentine (Edwardsville, Illinois): The effort put behind Vince's recruitment is a perfect example of what John Papuchis is bringing to the table. JP's been proving his worth as Nebraska’s new recruiting coordinator and as a coach who can hit the recruiting scene hard. Expect Vince to narrow down his list to a few schools by the end of the month. – 8 weeks
6.) S Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral, FL): Another big-time prospect that Papuchis is after and he’s going to have to work a little magic to secure Diggs' commitment. Fortunately, Diggs is a big fan of what Bo and Carl have been doing in Lincoln and other Nebraska recruits have been trying to get in his ear. If Nebraska puts the full-court press on Diggs, he could come off of the Big Board by the end of the summer as a Husker commit. – 2 weeks
7.) CB Brandon Beaver (Compton, CA): Beaver’s recruitment comes down to the Pac-12 and Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are giving their all to land a fantastic prospect at an area of need by sending both Carl Pelini and Corey Raymond after Beaver. Interestingly, Beaver has interest in both Washington and Nebraska. Might he kill two birds with one stone by coming to Lincoln on September 17? – 2 weeks
8.) TE Orlando David (Hollywood, FL): It appears that Nebraska’s interest in David may have sparked a Big Ten recruiting battle. Wisconsin officially offered the Floridian tight end and it appears that the interest is mutual. David’s place on the Big Board could be brief between how hard the Cornhuskers and Badgers pursue him over the next week or so. – 2 weeks
*NEW* 9.) DE Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, NC): With Nebraska’s recent success, the Cornhuskers appear to be going for broke when it comes to quality athletes to plug into areas of need. While Greg McMullen is still entertaining offers, Bullard is an athlete that would be a fantastic bookend to the Ohio native as he’s considered one of the best defensive end prospects in the country.
10.) DE Taiwan Johnson (Manvel, TX): Johnson’s camp has been quiet, but he’s due for a visit to Lincoln to check things out and get a better feel for Lincoln and all it can offer. With the staff’s feelings in regards to Bullard, scholarship numbers may not be his best friend when trying to get on the Big Red Express. – 2 weeks
Dropped out: WR Kenny Lawler
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