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NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Signing Day Decision Predictions

By Huskerlocker @huskerlocker

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By Brandon Cavanaugh
Predicting which school a recruit is eventually going to sign with is on par with guessing the amount of jellybeans in a jar. Assuming said jar is six feet tall and every color on the rainbow is represented. With only six days to go until National Signing Day, the picture has become clearer, though.
Six prospects holding offers from Nebraska will be faxing their signatures in on February 1, but the Cornhuskers don't have room to take them all, not to mention that the Big Red’s chances range from “very good” to “not a chance" with each.
After plopping down the scarlet tea leaves, we take a look into what could very well be these young men’s futures:
CB Raymond Ford: It’s a win-win situation if Ford faxes his LOI in to Nebraska. The Cornhuskers need to load up their secondary and Ford is friends with Nebraska linebacker commit Thomas Brown. Ford's recruiting contact, Corey Raymond, has been hitting his stride and there appears to be both good communication between the Cornhuskers and Ford.
Verdict: Nebraska Lean
OT Evan Goodman: At one point, it looked like Nebraska might be able to flip both Goodman and then-fellow Arizona State wide receiver recruit Kenny Lawler. With the Cornhuskers solidifying their wide receiving corps, Lawler’s moved on and Goodman appears to be eyeing Arkansas harder than his current pledge. His decision’s up in the air, but he won’t be wearing scarlet.
Verdict: No Chance
QB/WR Alonzo Moore: Either Mississippi State or Nebraska will be getting a fantastic athlete in Moore. The Cornhuskers will likely be hoping that Corey Raymond’s recent efforts pay off as it sounds like Devin Fuller could be part of Rutgers’ class come the weekend. As of now, it sounds like Moore’s signature could be the salve that heals any wounds made by a Fuller commit elsewhere.
Verdict: Strong Nebraska Lean
CB Devian Shelton: Cornerback recruit Brandon Beaver recently officially eliminated Nebraska from his list, but Shelton would be far more than a consolation prize. The scrappy Inglewood, California native has some excellent options in Washington, Tennessee, Oregon State (to whom he’s currently committed) and Nebraska.
He apparently loved his trip to Lincoln, but the luster of a visit can wear off. The Big Red does have a big selling point, though - If Shelton signs with the Cornhuskers, he’ll be in the running for serious playing time come the fall.
Verdict: Nebraska Lean
DT Vincent Valentine: Regardless of whether fellow defensive tackle Aaron Curry commits this weekend as scheduled, that won’t truly tell the tale of Big Vince’s eventual destination. Nebraska needs interior defensive lineman just as badly as secondary help.
The Cornhuskers have seemingly been in the lead for Valentine’s services for the duration of his recruitment, however Illinois and Florida both threaten. At this point, it’s near impossible to determine what he wants without being inside his head, but the Big Red’s been around since day one.
Verdict: Slight Nebraska Lean
OT Andrus Peat: Saving the best for last, what hasn’t been said about Peat? He’s the type of athlete you can work around as the cornerstone of a dominant offensive line, has a high ceiling and can scrap with the best. Several things work in Nebraska’s favor in this relationship.
His brother (Todd) is already on the roster and his cousin (defensive end Avery Moss) is committed to Nebraska. Running backs coach Ron Brown has been a regular in the Peat household for a couple of recruiting cycles now and may very well return as Todd and Andrus’ brother Cassius is a prospect for the class of 2015.
If Peat’s name doesn’t come across the fax lines on February 1, it’ll be a major bowl to this recruiting class and not just because of the overall team rankings. Fortunately, that looks unlikely.
Verdict: Strong Nebraska Lean
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