Big 12: Owamagbe Odighizuwa
Here are some of the best ones I received over the last several days:
L. Edgar from St. Louis, Mo., writes: Many fans and almost all the media have said that the weakness in Missouri coach Gary Pinkel's program is the lack of a running game. There is evidence to support this view: when they get ahead they are unable to take time off the clock and they are not that effective in the red zone. To me, it looks as if this recruiting class ignored that need. Do you agree?
Tim Griffin: While it might have looked like Pinkel didn’t put a lot of importance in attracting backs, I really like the signing of Greg White of DeQueen, Ark. He’s a different kind of back than the Tigers have had in recent seasons. In fact, the 215-pounder might be considered Missouri’s first true power back since Zack Abron left school. I think he can emerge into a key contributor for the Tigers if he can stay healthy.
And I also think that the addition of two mammoth bookend offensive tackles like Nick Demien and Mitch Morse bodes well for the future of Missouri’s interior line play. It’s been lacking in the last couple of seasons and might be as big a reason for the Tigers’ red-zone problems as anything else. I think these additions will help address the problems that have been there for the Tigers in recent seasons.
Jason Lewis from Kansas City, Mo., writes: Tim, I know recruiting is subjective but I'm wondering why you ranked Nebraska as the seventh-best class in the Big 12. You ranked them behind Baylor, when Nebraska's class was ranked 23rd overall and Baylor's was ranked 39th overall by Rivals. Can you explain your ranking for the Huskers? Thanks.
Tim Griffin: Jason, those were not my rankings but those of ESPNU’s talent evaluators. But I think I can speak for them that the biggest question is the lack of offensive skill players and the inability to land Owamagbe Odighizuwa, who instead accepted the offer at UCLA.
Nebraska desperately needs those big-time receivers to consistently challenge Texas and Oklahoma.
And I know I’ve heard from many Nebraska fans who claim they don’t need Odighizuwa because Bo and Carl Pelini will develop a lesser recruit into as good a player as Odighizuwa would have been.
But remember, he’s a special five-star talent. It always hurts when you lose a chance to get those difference makers. And for anybody to say that the Cornhuskers couldn't have used him don't understand the reality of how the big defensive end could have developed after working with the Pelinis.
Mike Wehling from Lincoln, Neb., writes: Tim, great job with the blog. It remains the main reason why I go to ESPN.com. What teams do you think will win the Big 12 North and South for next season?
Tim Griffin: Mike, I’ll have my definitive early answers sometime next week, but for now I’ve got Nebraska winning the Big 12 North and either Oklahoma or Texas winning the South. I’m leaning to the Sooners now, but could change my mind between now and Wednesday when the pick will be released.
The major reason I give Nebraska the edge is all of the weapons returning from this season’s team, along with the framework of a strong defense. I know that Nebraska will miss Ndamukong Suh, starting safeties Matt O'Hanlon and Larry Asante and linebacker Phillip Dillard, but I’m thinking another year of work with the Pelinis could turn Jared Crick into a monster. And I also like some of the Cornhuskers' returning defensive talent.
And I’m leaning to Oklahoma because they will have an experienced quarterback in Landry Jones with multiple starts. Texas loses Colt McCoy, but will have the inexperienced Garrett Gilbert back. I’m still working over who I think will be the best heading into spring practice and I’ll have an answer next week.
Bear Brown from Denton, Texas, writes: What do you think the Texas Tech fans should do about this whole post-Leach thing? I believe since he's not coming back we should just try to move on. Thanks!
Tim Griffin: That’s why new coach Tommy Tuberville wasted little time connecting with Tech alumni across the state of Texas as soon as the recruiting period was over. The day after National Signing Day, Tuberville was pressing the flesh in both Dallas and Houston to reassure Tech fans that drastic change won’t be resulting in the Red Raiders' program after the controversial firing of Mike Leach.
It will be interesting to see how Tech fans handle the switch. The fact is that both Oklahoma and Texas probably will be down a little next season in the Big 12 South. Tuberville has some nice offensive weapons and I’m convinced he’ll have a strong defense with the Red Raiders some day. But whether that comes next year or not will likely determine if they can challenge for the South Division title.
Tuberville has his work cut out to make Tech fans forget about Leach, the most important figure in Tech football in the last 40 years. But Tuberville is an outstanding coach who had an Auburn team on the brink of a national championship. He was able to consistently compete in the SEC. I'm thinking he'll be able to duplicate that success at Tech, too.
Steve Shoemaker of Las Cruces, N.M., writes: Tim, I loved your post earlier today about the Pro Football Hall of Fame and potential Big 12 players joining in the future. I’ve got two who I think are absolute locks. How about guard Will Shields of Nebraska and punter Shane Lechler of Texas A&M? Both of them were on the NFL’s All-Decade that was released earlier this week. I think what both players have accomplished during their pro careers should make them strong candidates.
Tim Griffin: Steve, I agree with you on both players. I think Shields will end up being one of the great offensive linemen of the NFL’s recent history. It’s hard to argue with his credentials of having made a Pro Bowl in 12 consecutive seasons and nine All-Pro teams. His work with the Kansas City Chiefs was a big reason why that franchise was so successful in the early part of this decade.
And Lechler might go down as the greatest punter in NFL history. His current career average of 47.3 yards per kick after the 2009 season is nearly a yard per kick more than the second-place NFL career punter, Glenn Dobbs. His 51.1 yard-per-kick average in 2009 was the second-highest season total in NFL history and trailed only Sammy Baugh's 51.4 average in 1940.
So it’s safe to say that Lechler’s place in Canton one day looks pretty secure if he can keep his punting average consistently high as its been during the first 10 seasons of his NFL career.
Thanks again for all of the good questions. Enjoy the Super Bowl and will check back again next week.
Total class: 21
ESPN 150: 1
By position: DT 3, DE 3, ATH 2, QB 2, OT 2, CB 2, S 2, RB 1, WR 1, TE 1, OLB 1, G 1
By state: Texas 5, Nebaska 4, Florida 2, Colorado 2, California 2, Missouri 1, Illinois 1, Ohio 1, Minnesota 1, Louisiana 1, Mississippi 1.
Already enrolled in school: 3.
The big ones: Massive 298-pound guard Andrew Rodriguez, the nation's seventh ranked player at his position and the Cornhuskers’ only player on the ESPNU 150, looks like he could develop into a dominant player in the trenches. Safety Corey Cooper, a late decommittment from Illinois and the nation's No. 20 rated safety, arrives at Nebraska’s biggest defensive position of need.
Sleeper: WR/KR/DB Ken Bell, son of former Denver Broncos player Ken Bell, struggled with injuries during his senior season in high school. But he has played well at a variety of positions and has been clocked at 4.29 in the 40-yard dash.
Needs met: With the loss of Ndamukong Suh and Barry Turner to graduation and Pierre Allen entering his senior season, the Cornhuskers filled a gap with six defensive linemen. Corey Cooper and Harvey Jackson should fill the biggest defensive need at safety. But the Cornhuskers still are looking for offensive firepower and added only one wide receiver.
Analysis: The Cornhuskers added a couple of late additions when Cooper and QB Brion Carnes joined on Wednesday. But they missed on the really big recruit when Owamagbe Odighizuwa decided to go to UCLA. Coach Bo Pelini doesn’t agree with the perception that this class is lacking on offensive playmakers. But there's no debate that he addressed most of the Cornhuskers' most pressing needs with a typically wide-ranging class with players attracted from 11 states.
What Bo Pelini said: On recruiting ratings: "I don't pay that much attention to it, other then when I'm down and I really want to get a good laugh." On not attracting Owamagbe Odighizuwa: “It’s his mistake. Honestly, I don’t get all caught up in all that. I don’t get all stressed out about whether they’re going to come. I thought he was a pretty good player. But in my mind, the kids that don’t choose to come here I don’t believe do themselves a service because I believe we’ll develop them better than the other guy. That’s just the confidence I have.”
Scouts Inc. grade/rankings: C-plus, seventh in Big 12.
In a nationally televised announcement on ESPNU Wednesday afternoon, Odighizuwa chose the Bruins after Nebraska was thought to have a strong chance at the prospect from David Douglas High School in Portland, Ore.
Odighizuwa would have given the Cornhuskers an immediate threat at defensive end as they lose senior Barry Turner and will lose Pierre Allen after next season.
His final choice was a difficult one and something he said he didn't take lightly.
"This decision will affect the next 40 years for me and not four," Odighizuwa said. "It's something I have to be proud about."
And in the end, he said that UCLA was the best place for him to play college football.
"UCLA is the right fit because I felt real comfortable with the coaching staff," Odighizuwa said. "The academics are good. Their football program is on the rise. At the end of the day I felt most comfortable at the school."
Odighizuwa's choice takes a little of the luster from Nebraska's strong start today that included earlier commitments from safety Corey Cooper and quarterback Brion Carnes.
But Odighizuwa would have been the Cornhuskers' biggest recruit. And not getting him hurts Bo Pelini and his program.
Cooper chose the Cornhuskers over Notre Dame, Arizona and Illinois.
Cooper, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, played wide receiver as well as defensive back in high school, but he is committed to playing defense for the Cornhuskers.
“When I visited there and talked with the coaches, I just felt comfortable,” Cooper told the Lincoln Journal Star. "I feel I can go in there and contribute."
With the loss of starters Larry Asante and Matt O'Hanlon, the Cornhuskers need safeties. Cooper might be good enough to contribute immediately.
His decision came on the heels of Brion Carnes' commitment to the Cornhuskers earlier on Wednesday.
It's been a good day for the Cornhuskers with an announcement set early this afternoon with Owamagbe Odighizuwa. If they can get him it would be an unprecedented late recruiting hat trick by Pelini and his staff.
We'll see every team across the country release its list of recruits throughout the day. And nobody has it covered better than ESPNU, ESPN360 and ESPN.com.
Several top players on the ESPN 150 with Big 12 teams involved will make their announcements as the day progresses. Others who have already made their decision, including Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks at 10:10 ET, will appear throughout the day.
The biggest fish will be massive offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson of Cretin-Derham Hall of St. Paul, Minn. His original commitment list included Oklahoma, but it appears the Sooners have dropped out of the hunt for him.
The top undecided recruit still considering a Big 12 school is defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa of David Douglas High School of Portland, Ore. Odighizuwa still lists Nebraska along with UCLA and Oregon State among his finalists. He'll make his call on ESPNU at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Another ESPNU 150 player who will decide on Wednesday will be offensive lineman Damien Robison of Olive Branch, Miss., who lists Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Mississippi among his finalists.
And wide receiver Willis Wright of Miami Springs High School in Miami will decide between Nebraska, Florida International, West Virginia, Rutgers and UCF.
There will be a lot of other decisions across the country and we'll be there to check on them all.
Be sure to check out the Web site and watch the proceedings on ESPNU throughout the day.
You won't be disappointed.
But it's not all that is going on across the Big 12.
Check out these links along with your lunchtime respite. You'll thank me for it later.
- ESPN.com’s J.C. Shurburtt has high confidence that Owamagbe Odighizuwa will end up at Nebraska.
- The Denver Post’s Woody Paige wonders where Dan Hawkins has been the last few weeks.
- The Lincoln Journal Star’s Steve Sipple writes about Turner Gill’s diligent job of trying to cobble together his first recruiting class at Kansas.
- U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen blasted the Southeastern and Big 12 conferences for failing to adopt stricter policies on handling player concussions, the Associated Press’ Kristie Rieken reports.
- Baylor wide receiver David Gettis and Texas Tech tackle Marlon Winn struggled through the first day of practices at the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game at El Paso, Texas, the Sporting News’ Russ Lande reports.
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bill Coats catches up with Sheldon Richardson to talk about the pressures of recruiting. Richardson, who played at the College of the Sequoias last season, said he remains committed to Missouri for the spring semester next year.
- A Dallas Morning News recruiting day primer predicts that Texas is set to contend for championships for years with this year’s recruiting class. And the Morning News’ Chuck Carlton also provides extensive recruiting previews for Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Baylor.
- The Omaha World-Herald’s Tom Shatel is curious why Nebraska is competing with Western Kentucky for a potential starting quarterback.
- The Boulder Camera’s Kyle Ringo reports that attrition has cost Colorado nearly eight players per year from each recruiting class by the end of its eligibility at the school.
- New defensive tackle commitment Mike Jones tells the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams he was set to attend Fordham before receiving a late recruiting offer from Texas Tech.
- Kicker-punter Will Russ of Shreveport, La., is Texas’ 25th and final commitment of the recruiting class of 2010, the Austin American-Statesman’s Suzanne Halliburton reports.
- The Oklahoman's Jake Trotter reports that former Georgia defensive coordinator and Stanford assistant Willie Martinez appears headed to Oklahoma as a new defensive coach for the Sooners.
Here's a list of the top remaining recruits that Big 12 schools still are in the hunt for and how I view their chances.
OL Seantrel Henderson
St. Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham Hall)
Big 12 contender: Oklahoma
Others: Florida, Miami, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC
Sooners’ chances: Slim.
DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa
Portland, Ore. (David Douglas)
Big 12 contender: Nebraska.
Others: Oregon State, UCLA.
Cornhuskers’ chances: Excellent.
OLB Christian Jones
Winter Park, Fla. (Lake Howell)
Big 12 contender: Oklahoma.
Others: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, South Florida, Tennessee, USC.
Sooners’ chances: Slim.
WR Kadron Boone
Ocala, Fla. (Trinity Catholic)
Big 12 contender: Texas Tech
Others: Georgia, Louisville, LSU, West Virginia.
Red Raiders’ chances: Slim.
LB V.J. Fehoko
Honolulu (Farrington H.S.)
Big 12 contender: Texas Tech
Others: Hawaii, Utah, Washington, Utah State.
Red Raiders’ chances: Fair.
T Damien Robinson
Olive Branch, Miss.
Big 12 contender: Oklahoma.
Others: Arkansas, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Tennessee.
Sooners’ chances: Slim.
DE J.R. Ferguson
Chatham, Va. (Hargarve Military Academy)
Big 12 contenders: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech.
Others: California, Florida, LSU, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, UCLA.
Big 12 teams’ chances: Slim.
DT Ricky Heimuli
Salt Lake City (Brighton)
Big 12 contender: Nebraska, Oklahoma.
Others: Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington.
Big 12 teams’ chances: Slim.
S Corey Cooper
Maywood, Ill. (Proviso East)
Big 12 contenders: Nebraska, Missouri.
Others: Illinois, Arizona, Notre Dame, Florida State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Stanford, Tennessee.
Big 12 teams’ chances: Nebraska, fair; Missouri, slim.
CB Anthony Jefferson
Los Angeles (Jefferson)
Big 12 contender: Oklahoma.
Others: Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Notre Dame, Tennessee, USC, Washington.
Sooners’ chances: Slim.
MLB Hayes Pullard
Los Angeles (Crenshaw)
Big 12 contender: Nebraska.
Others: Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington.
Cornhuskers’ chances: Slim.
Included in that list will be heralded Nebraska recruit Owamagbe Odighizuwa will make his announcement on ESPNU live at 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at David Douglas High School in Portland. His other finalists besides the Cornhuskers are UCLA and Oregon State.
And just to get yourself ready for Wednesday, check out the ESPNU Big 12 video compendium of recruiting to this point below featuring ESPNU's Tom Luginbill and Lowell Galindo. They break down highlights of top players like Texas commitments Jackson Jeffcoat and Jordan Hicks, Oklahoma quarterback commitment Blake Bell and Oklahoma State outside linebacker Shaun Lewis.
Perfect weather for some lunchtime links, if you ask me.
- Recent speculation from BenMaller.com linking Pittsburgh to the Big Ten is analyzed as to what it could mean to Missouri by the Kansas City Star’s Mike DeArmond. And the Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel opines that Missouri’s open flirtation with the Big Ten and the comments of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon have made it the least popular member of the Big 12.
- The Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls reports that Texas and USC still are talking about future games for 2012-2014 and Jackson Jeffcoat’s fledgling college basketball career in his nine things and one crazy prediction for the week.
- With three key recruits apparently still in play in Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Corey Cooper and Brion Carnes, the Omaha World-Herald’s Mitch Sherman expects a signing day to remember for Nebraska.
- Top recruit Ahmad Dixon explains to the Waco Tribune-Herald’s John Werner why he picked Baylor’s scholarship offer over the nation’s other top football powers.
- Three players accepted scholarship offers from Colorado coach Dan Hawkins in a flurry of late activity on the final day that coaches were able to contact prospects, the Boulder Camera’s Kyle Ringo reports. That late run is coming as top prospects are leaving Colorado in droves this recruiting season, Ringo reports.
- Oklahoma players Travis Lewis, DeMarco Murray, Quinton Carter and Dominque Franks are the only Big 12 players listed on College Football News’ Pete Fiutak’s way-early 2011 first-round draft board.
- The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s William Wilkerson explains what happens to top running back recruits after they end up at Texas.
- Samuel McKewon of the Nebraska State Paper.com lists five reasons he’s against an early signing day.
- Mack Brown at No. 5 was the only Big 12 coach to make the Orlando Sentinel’s Andrea Adelson’s list of top 10 college coaches.
- Jim Halley of USA Today reports that Texas closed Florida’s lead in the mythical recruiting championship with Friday’s commitments from Jeffcoat and Jordan Hicks.
- With signing day approaching, Oklahoma State is already working on its Class of 2011, the Oklahoman’s Brandon Chatmon reports.
I wouldn’t think of jumping into the weekend without answering some of my better letters from this past week.
So here I go.
Steve Russell of Loveland, Colo., writes: Tim, quick question for you. If you were picking a conference coach of the year including the bowl games, who would you select?
Tim Griffin: After the regular season and conference championship game, I picked Mack Brown because of his 13-0 record. But including the bowl results, I would lean to Bo Pelini, with Brown closely followed by Paul Rhoads of Iowa State.
I think Pelini was able to get a lot out of a team that struggled offensively for much of the season. The Cornhuskers had one of the most imposing defenses in recent Big 12 history with Ndamukong Suh, Jared Crick, Prince Amukamara, Larry Asante, Phillip Dillard and Co. They had a 10-4 record, but the Cornhuskers were very close to a couple of more wins. With a fortunate break or two, the Cornhuskers could have ended up winning the Iowa State and Virginia Tech games during the regular season and the Big 12 championship game. They came legitimately close to a 13-1 record this season. Pelini deserves much of the credit for getting them into the championship game and for their victory over Arizona in the Holiday Bowl.
And as far as Rhoads, I think he did a masterful job with his team. The fact he was able to go to Nebraska and beat the Cornhuskers while starting a backup quarterback and running back while Austen Arnaud and Alexander Robinson were out of the lineup was one of the biggest upsets in the nation this past season. Capping the season with an Insight Bowl victory over Minnesota and finishing with a winning record completed a strong first season for the Cyclones.
Caleb from the Foothills of Colorado writes: Tim, I saw in your last mailbag that you weren't certain Colorado was nailed down as a conference member. Can you please elaborate on where you think they might be going and why? I can't see them in any other conference that makes geographical sense except the Mountain West and while the Buffs have been (sometimes painfully) bad for a few years now I don't think they deserve being relegated to the MWC.
Tim Griffin: Caleb, I was speaking from a gut feeling I have about Colorado in comparison with the rest of the conference. The Buffaloes program is nowhere near its level in football in the 1990s or even in the early stages of the Big 12. They obviously need a shot of enthusiasm. The report of the $50 million donation from boosters might produce that, but they clearly need a boost of some kind to jump into competition with schools like Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
I’ve always wondered if Colorado might be a better fit in the Pac-10 if that conference ever chose to expand. New Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott is said to be considering that. Maybe the Buffaloes might be a team he would look at.
And I’ve often thought that if the Mountain West ever got an automatic berth into the BCS if Colorado would be more competitive in that conference. Playing against schools like Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and BYU would make geographic sense. But I don’t know if it would be palatable to Colorado fans after playing Big Eight and Big 12 opponents for all of these seasons.
My point was that if the Big 12 becomes serious about making the jump into Utah by adding either BYU or Utah at some point, they need to be sure that Colorado is on board for the duration. The move that direction doesn’t make much sense if the Buffaloes aren't committed.
Roger Stringfellow of Katy, Texas, writes: Tim, I read your post earlier today about Dat Nguyen returning to Texas A&M. What do you are his legitimate chances of returning to Aggieland? And do you think that Mike Sherman is smart enough to make this hire?
Tim Griffin: I think that Dat Nguyen would bring cache to Sherman’s coaching staff unlike many hires he could make. Nguyen legitimately is the most decorated Aggie football player of the last 40 years.
But you have to remember that Sherman is facing huge pressure after going 10-15 in his first two seasons at A&M. Hiring Tim DeRuyter from Air Force was a bold, popular move among most A&M fans. But I’m wondering if DeRuyter and Sherman believe they can gamble on a new coach with little true coaching experience and none in college football by hiring Nguyen.
To me, the hiring is a no-brainer. Getting Nguyen back in the program would be huge for Sherman and his staff. But if they believe they only have a one- or two-season window to turn things around, I can understand why they might opt for a new defensive coach with more experience.
Michael Hengel of Pine Bluff, Ark., writes: Hey, Tim, thank you for the nice column on Freddie Steinmark. Seeing his name in the headline of your piece brought back a flood of memories -- even before reading the feature, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I confess that I had not thought about his great story in years. What an inspiration.
Tim Griffin: Michael, thanks to you and everybody else who wrote to me to comment on my piece on what would have been Steinmark’s 61st birthday earlier this week. He’s still an iconic figure in Texas football history. But his story needs to be shared with more people who might have forgotten about him, or never heard of his inspiring life.
David Macrander of Omaha, Neb., writes: Tim, What do you think the chances are of all three of the major recruits Nebraska is after end up signing with them on signing day? If not all of them, how many (if any) do you think will sign with the Huskers?
Tim Griffin: Out of the three players remaining, I’ll rank the chances of them coming like this. I think the Cornhuskers’ best hopes come with attracting Owamagbe Odighizuwa because of their success with Ndamukong Suh. Odighizuwa saw what Bo Pelini’s staff did with another raw but talented defensive line prospect from Oregon in Suh. I’ve heard that really resonates with him. After that, I think their chances are next best with Corey Cooper, who likely sees that the Cornhuskers need immediate help at safety and likely could use him in the 2010 season if he develops quickly.
Quarterback Brion Carnes obviously has some family history with the Cornhuskers, considering he’s the cousin of legendary Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier. But I’m wondering if Jamal Turner’s announcement last night that he’s coming in the Class of 2011 will have any effect. Also, I know that Carnes is close with Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggert, who is a former quarterback at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., where Carnes played.
So I’d rank Odighizuwa first, Cooper second and Carnes third in terms of their chances at arriving at Nebraska. Getting one player from that group would be a big late surge for Pelini. Two would be huge and a hat trick of all three players might be beyond even his most optimistic hopes. It will be interesting to see how many late recruiting commitments the Cornhuskers will get.
Thanks again for all of the good questions this week. Enjoy the Senior Bowl and I’ll check back with you again next week with another batch.
Trying to pick these players and where they will end up is like trying to catch rainwater in a spoon. But Feldman does an admirable job in his list, which is part of our Insider content today and can be read by following this link.
Feldman has defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat of Plano, Texas going to Texas over Oklahoma, Arizona State and Houston.
And he projects defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa of Portland, Oregon will head to Nebraska over Oregon State and UCLA.
Texas wasn't quite as fortunate in recruiting outside linebacker Jordan Hicks of West Chester, Ohio. Feldman predicts he'll end up at Ohio State over the Longhorns and Florida.
The entire list of 10 players can be seen by following this link . It's a good read and Feldman spells out some plausible reasons behind his predictions.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that heralded defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa of Douglas High School in Portland, Ore., will make his announcement on the last day of the recruiting season, according to his high school coach Dan Wood.
The remaining finalists on Odighizuwa's list include UCLA, Oregon State and Nebraska.
Wood told the Journal Star he's not sure which way that his player is leaning with barely a week left in the recruiting season.
"We had a real candid conversation about all three schools," Wood told the Journal Star Tuesday. "And (he's) struggling with the decision a little bit because he really feels like all three of the schools are so good, you can't go wrong. He can't sort through it. So my advice was to step back and let the dust settle for a day or so, and just go with your gut feeling and where you want to go to school instead of breaking all the little bits and pieces down."
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will also learn of another signing-day announcement on Wednesday after safety Corey Cooper of Maywood, Ill., said he plans to wait until National Signing Day to make his announcement.
These two players are obviously Nebraska's two biggest remaining targets. If Pelini is successful in attracting both of them, it will turn a good recruiting class into a potentially great one. Even attracting one of the players will be a significant talent upgrade for the Nebraska program.