Let's have a look at this week's potential top five for Nebraska's recruiting class based on just how badly the Cornhuskers could use them and the likelihood that they'll actually sign a letter of intent for Bo Pelini's crew come February.
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1. TE Brandon Vandenburg - With Beau Sandland off to Coral Gables, it's time to shift gears. While Vandenburg isn't as good as Sandland, no other JUCO tight end is this cycle. That said, the Huskers would still be ecstatic to get him.
Ranked the No. 3 JUCO tight end prospect overall by the 247Composite index, the 6'6" 260-pound Vandenburg should be considered an excellent paring with current commit Greg Hart if Nebraska snags him.
2. OT Matt Finnin - Offensive tackle's another area of severe need this cycle and the 6'8" 305-pound Illinois native would be a great addition to Nebraska's class.
Ranked the No. 6 JUCO offensive tackle by the 247Composite index, Finnin recently invited Nebraska coaches into his home for a visit. He doesn't have to worry about riding the pine should he choose to sign with the Huskers.
Bo Pelini has shown an affinity for getting junior college players on the field as soon as possible. With the need for depth at offensive tackle, Finnin would see time one way or another.
3. RB Terrell Newby - Nebraska has a number of quality backs, so why are they working to get Newby's signature when there are other areas of greater need?
Simply put: he's a stud. You don't turn down talent like Newby when you have the room and he wants on board. He's announcing between UCLA and Nebraska early this week. Should he commit to the Huskers, the word "stable" can officially be used in reference to the Big Red's running back depth chart.
4. WR James Clark - As mentioned with Newby, this class still has plenty of room should any new defensive or offensive tackles want to be a part of it. To keep the Husker passing attack clicking, having quality talent like Clark on hand is never a bad thing.
As an added bonus, having the New Smyrna Beach, FL native on the roster keeps a door to the Sunshine State open.
5. ATH Trevell Dixon - A one-time Nebraska commit, Dixon's still available and much like Clark, while he's not a hoss on the interior line, he's a quality athlete. I'll emphasize "athlete" as he could easily play both sides of the ball depending on need.
As long as Terry Joseph's working to secure Dixon's commitment, you've got to think Nebraska has a dog in this fight.