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Rivals 100 -Top Recruits 2001

7-18-2000 Recruiting News


  The 2001 recruiting class has grown again .Nebraska now at eight  2001 commitments with more to come.See more on this story further down the page.Of the eight current new Huskers you'll see next year in Lincoln,3 are offensive linemen,2 are quarterbacks,and 3 will be hoping to earn a Blackshirt one day!

Several 2001 recruits get verbal. High school seniors who have said they will sign letters of intent next February to play football for Nebraska: Nebraska High Schools Seppo Evwaraye, 6-5, 323 pounds, lineman, Laurel (Neb.) High School; exchange student from Finland Mike McLaughlin, 6-foot, 175 pounds, quarterback, Millard North in Omaha Barrett Ruud, 6-2, 220 pounds, linebacker and running back, Lincoln Southeast Out of State Jared Helming, 6-4, 265 pounds, defensive tackle, Springfield, Mo. (Kickapoo High) Richie Incognito, 6-4, 295 pounds, lineman, of Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge High) Mike Stuntz, 6-2, 185 pounds, quarterback, Council Bluffs (St. Albert High) Cory Ross, 5-9, 185 pounds, wide receiver/kick returner, Denver, (Thomas Jefferson High) Gary Pike, 6-5, 288 pounds, offensive lineman, Pueblo, Colo., (Centennial High)

More Pre-season Hype 7-13-2000

    The best part about the Nebraska offense isn't the skill people. The line is one that could go down as the best in Big Red history. Senior RG Russ Hochstein and junior C Dominic Raiola will battle for the Outland Trophy. Dave Volk will move to left tackle so Jason Schwab, who missed last season with an ACL injury, will resume his right tackle slot. Sophomore Tonui Fonoti will move into the left guard slot for a line that should provide plenty of protection for Crouch and company.

  Defensively, there are some holes to fill, but not many. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch had a huge spring, tormenting Husker offensive linemen and will do the same to opposing lineman in the fall. Carlos Polk leads a linebacker unit that is replacing three starters and six lettermen. While the secondary must replace CB Ralph Brown and rover Mike Brown, it returns seven players with starting experience highlighted by future superstar CB Keyuo Craver.

 Question mark: Why does Nebraska have five punters? The Huskers will be lucky to use one, much less five. Crouch was babied this spring, but he's in great shape and this high-powered offense might not need a punter this season.

  Keep an eye on: FB Judd Davies. The future could come sooner than expected as Davies had a monster spring, including a pair of 11 yard TD runs in the spring game. Davies, a 6-foot, 240 pound bruiser, could have Willie Miller's job before the end of the season.

7-12-2000 Recruiting update


Recruiting Lincoln, Nebraska (U-WIRE) -- With the conclusion of football camps at the University of Nebraska last week, the 2001 recruiting class has grown and now includes a blue-chip defensive lineman, a top-20 cornerback, two highly touted (and much-needed) quarterbacks and a player from a country known to produce National Hockey League stars, not football players. (Hint: it isn't Canada.) The Huskers, like many Division I football programs, use the annual instruction camps to teach skills, assess recruits and offer scholarships to seniors-to-be. As the smoke clears from this year's camps, the Huskers have received seven commitments with many more mulling offers.

 Perhaps the most highly rated recruit who chose Nebraska is defensive lineman Jared Helming of Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Mo. -- the same school former Husker and Green Bay Packers draftee Steve Warren attended. Helming (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) is the 12th-best defensive lineman in the country according to, high school football analyst Bobby Burton's online recruiting site.Helming, who runs a 4.7 second 40-yard dash, chose Nebraska over Texas, Florida State,Michigan, Tennessee, Kansas State, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri.

 The Huskers added another standout from the state of Colorado in cornerback Cory Ross of Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver. The 2000 class included linemen Martin Flaum and Jake Andersen of Denver, as well as receiver Ross Pilkington from Loveland. Pilkington, a 20th-round draft choice of the Colorado Rockies, has opted to play baseball and will not join the Huskers. Ross, whose brother Roger Ross Jr. plays at Kansas, is the 16th-best cornerback in the country according to The 5-foot-9-inch, 182-pound Ross boasts a 4.4 electronic 40-yard dash and a 36-inch vertical leap. Ross also could see time at running back and kick returner. He chose the Huskers over Texas, Colorado, Miami, Tennessee, USC, Kansas and Washington State.

  Even though Nebraska lost prized Texas quarterback prospect Kendal Briles to the Longhorns, another area field general decided to stay close to home and play for the Huskers. Mike Stuntz (6-foot-2, 180 pounds), a quarterback from St. Albert's High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, chose the Huskers over Iowa, Iowa State and Texas A&M. Stuntz, who joins Millard North's Mike McLaughlin as Nebraska's only 2001 quarterback recruits so far, runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and is considered one of the best run-pass quarterbacks in the Midwest. Stuntz is the nation's 25th-best quarterback and boasts a three-out-of-four star ranking, according to Rivals100. Also staying close to home is Lincoln Southeast's Barrett Ruud (6-foot-2, 220 pounds). Ruud, whose father played at Nebraska, is the 40th-best linebacker in the country, according to Rivals 100. Ruud runs a 4.7-second 40-yard dash and can bench-press 280 pounds. He also earned all-state honors as a junior. Ruud picked the Huskers over Michigan and Notre Dame.

    Perhaps the most intriguing -- not to mention biggest -- 2001 recruit is Seppo Evwaraye, a Finnish exchange student from Laurel.Evwaraye, Rival's 65th-best offensive lineman, stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 325 pounds. He runs a 5-second 40-yard dash and bench-presses 350 pounds. Evwaraye picked Nebraska over Iowa State and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.