With 40 percent of last week's Big Board departing, who fills their spots?
Two members of last week's Big Board are gone with the removal of tight end Brandon Vandenburg and the commitment of running back Terrell Newby. Let's see how that shakes up my top five for this week.
(Highlights are provided as in linked names, if available)
1. OT Matt Finnin - The first junior college offensive tackle on the Big Board was No. 2 last week, but with Vandenburg striking Nebraska from consideration, Finnin moves to the top.
We've talked before about Bo Pelini wanting JUCOs that can come in and contribute immediately. While he has to okay offers, considering the raise recently given to Tim Beck, it's hard to think Pelini's not deferring to Beck if Nebraska's offensive coordinator specifically likes a prospect.
No doubt Beck likes Finnin as he's considered one of the finest JUCO offensive tackle prospects still available.
2. TE Cethan Carter - The Huskers don't have many more opportunities to bring in a tight end this cycle, but Carter's an intriguing prospect. The Metairie, LA native, get this, has an affinity for LSU, but he doesn't have a scholarship offer from the Tigers - yet.
He visited Lincoln this past week and is scheduled to visit Louisiana-Lafayette next weekend. He'll finish his trips with the most dangerous one for the Huskers' hopes at Baton Rouge the following weekend.
The closer that visit to LSU gets without a commitment to Nebraska, the less likely he is to select the Huskers.
3. OT Dwayne Johnson - Ever since being introduced as a legitimate prospect, Johnson has been called "The Rock," so we'll go with that. A 6'6" 275-pound manbeast, he has a few areas to refine his game, but playing with a chip on his shoulder isn't one of them.
Technically, he's listed as a potential backup center, but he's an obvious college tackle. Yes, it would be nice for the Huskers to have a reliable No. 2 in the middle of the line, but his bread and butter is keeping the edge clean for skill players.
Oh, one last thing. For you old school Nebraska fans, if you like pancakes, you'll like what The Rock is cookin'.
4. OT Chongo Kondolo - Another junior college prospect, Kondolo has three years to play two. One thing that stood out immediately is the sign of any good offensive lineman: his feet never stop moving.
He's listed as an offensive tackle, but standing 6'3" and weighing in at 280 pounds, I could see Beck moving him inside to center.
5a. WR James Clark - Normally, I keep Big Boards to five prospects come January or so, but I'm cheating this week.
Rich Fisher is his main point of contact, and quite frankly has been a pleasant surprise both as a coach and a recruiter. If he can snag Clark, consider it a major win for Nebraska.
5b. WR Quincy Adeboyejo - Who is this wunderkind that I'm bending the rules for? At one point, he was committed to Texas A&M. Nebraska promptly jumped in with an offer and the Huskers have quickly gone from the back of the line to potentially leading for his services.
He joined James Clark this past weekend on a visit and, much like Clark, enjoyed himself thoroughly. Both are quality receivers and if Nebraska can get one of the two, consider that a victory.