LINCOLN, Neb. - With National Signing Day just under seven weeks away, the Nebraska Cornhuskers currently sit No. 15 in the nation in the most recent Class of 2013 FOX Sports NEXT team recruiting rankings.
In addition, the Huskers currently sit No .3 in the Big Ten, behind Michigan (No. 1 in the nation) and Ohio State (No. 7 in the nation).
Over the next few weeks, Big Red Report will compare by position, the Huskers' class to the rest of the Big Ten conference.
Santa Margarita Catholic high school (CA) quarterback Johnny Stanton (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) won't come into the Big Ten as the highest rated quarterback in this year's 2013 recruiting class, but there won't be many who have a bigger name than Stanton.
Nicknamed Johnny “Tebow,” Stanton (four-star/No. 30 quarterback in the nation) was a standout in the Elite 11 this summer, with his name towards the top of the list in many categories.
A knee injury derailed his senior year, but before his injury, he had the Eagles in the top five in the country in most national high school football polls.
“He is a fullback type of runner that can knock most linebackers backwards who is an adequate passer,” says FOX Sports National Scouting Director Scott Kennedy. “Stanton will never be confused with an Air Raid spread drop back passer, but he can make the necessary throws, is accurate on short and intermediate throws and can move the chains by himself.”
The rest of the conference:
Michigan: Shane Morris, No. 3 quarterback in the country
The highest rated incoming quarterback recruit in the Big Ten, the Warren, Michigan native decided playing at home was the right thing to do. At 6-foot-3, 202-pounds, Morris has solid pocket awareness and great arm strength.
“He has a nice frame and still has room to fill out,” says FOX Sports NEXT recruiting analyst Allen Trieu. “He is a better than advertised athlete who does a good job of escaping the rush and can make plays with his feet and throw on the run.”
Penn State: Christian Hackenberg, No. 5 quarterback in the country (4-star)
Sanctions in State College didn't sway the 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect from going elsewhere after committing to the Nittany Lions in February.
“Hackenberg has a big frame, above average arm strength and has a quick release,” said FOX Sports NEXT national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. “He moves well in the pocket, keeps his feet moving and doesn’t throw off balance or out-of-whack often.”
Illinois: Aaron Bailey, No. 8 quarterback in the country (4-star)
A Nebraska offer at one point, Bailey has great size and athleticism and will likely be the biggest dual-threat quarterback to join the conference in 2013.
“He's been starting on the varsity at Bolingbrook high school (IL) since his freshman year,” said Trieu. “He was named all-conference as a freshman. Bailey was an all-conference and all-area selection as a sophomore and an all-state selection in 2011.”
Ohio State: J.T. Barrett, No. 11 quarterback in the country (4-star)
With offers from Arizona, LSU, Kansas State, Nebraska, and Baylor, Barrett decided playing for Urban Meyer at Ohio State was his best option.
At 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, Barrett is rated the No. 2 quarterback in the state of Texas.
“He is one of those guys that makes everyone around him better,” says FOX Sports recruiting analyst Greg Powers. “Because his skills are balanced so equally he is exactly the type of prospect that many offensive coordinators are searching for to run their spread style offenses. He does not have a rocket, but can make throws and has touch on his deep ball.”
Northwestern:Matthew Alviti, No. 12 quarterback in country (4-star)
Another Big Ten commitment the Huskers offered, the Maine South high school (IL) product picked the Wildcats in a somewhat surprising move over Nebraska, Notre Dame, Boston College, and Michigan State.
“Alviti comes from a high school system that will have him prepared for college,” said Trieu. “He is a great passer who can make all the throws. He has touch when he needs to, velocity when he needs to, and does very well on the run. He's an athletic kid who can make plays with his feet and escape the rush and he has great poise and intangibles.”
The rest of the conference:
Michigan State: Damion Terry (four-star and No. 28 in the country)
He didn't have a slew of offers to choose from, but Terry (6-foot-4, 210-pounds) is a winner, leading Cathedral Prep to a Class AAA state title in Pennsylvania. He's got great athleticism and the physical tools to win at the next level.
Iowa: Nic Shimonek (three-star and No. 60 in the country)
The more traditional pocket-throwing quarterback, Shimonek (6-foot-4, 180-pounds) has the ability to hit receives down field and has great vision. With a solid offensive line, the senior could put up some big time yardage in the Big Ten.
Purdue: Danny Etling (three-star and No. 39 in the country)
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect isn't afraid to go down field. He shows great patience to wait for receivers to work their route and seems to be able to make all necessary throws.
Minnesota: Chris Streveler (two-star)
The senior likes to make plays outside the pocket and shows the ability to run if he needs to. He doesn't have the strongest arm in the world, and on film benefits from athletic wide receivers.