Friday, September 6, 2013
The Early Offer: Nebraska's tough choice
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has to make a tough decision after 2014 QB commit Zack Darlington got injured.
Today's offerings: With questions about Zack Darlington’s future lingering, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has to make a tough decision about recruiting another quarterback in the 2014 class. There’s still plenty of meat left on the bone for the 2014 class; and the Miami Central-Miami Booker T. Washington game will showcase seven Cane and Gator recruits.
Will Nebraska go after another QB? The frightening image won’t go away for anybody that saw it live on ESPN two weeks ago. Four-star Nebraska quarterback commit Zack Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) was strapped to a stretcher, had an oxygen mask attached to his face and was carted off the field to an awaiting helicopter. It was later revealed that Darlington suffered his second major concussion, and Rick Darlington, Zack’s father and Apopka’s head coach, said there is no timetable for his return. Privately many believe Darlington will never return to the game, but Pelini said he would honor the scholarship offer. That news was well-received by Darlington and his family, but the cold-hard reality is that Pelini now has to make a tough decision on whether or not to recruit another quarterback in the 2014 class. The Huskers are excited about redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. and true freshman Johnny Stanton, but more depth is needed to replace record-setting QB Taylor Martinez. This could open up the local quarterback Easton Stick (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep). Stick currently has a handful of FCS and lower-level Division I offers, but if Pelini decides to target a quarterback, he could become a priority for the Huskers.
What’s on the board Thursday marked the five-month mark until national signing day on Feb. 5. While there certainly has been a lot that’s happened up to this point -- we're looking at you Western Michigan with your 27 commits -- the story of the Class of 2014 still has yet to be completed. There are 88 players in the ESPN 300 that have yet to commit, and this includes nine five-star prospects, 14 of the top 25 and 24 of the top 50. With that much upper-level talent still available, what you see now likely won’t be what you see in February. Well, maybe Nick Saban will be able to cobble together another five-star or two to remain No. 1 in the country. But the truth is that there are so many more twists and turns left so the next five months should be fun for recruitniks.
Florida-Miami weekend kicks off Friday night
Florid at Miami won't be the only big game in South Florida this weekend. Two nationally-ranked high school teams Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington will play Miami (Fla.) Central on Friday night in a game that will feature an impressive seven playerswho are committed to either Miami or Florida. Central features two Florida commits, ESPN 300 running back Dalvin Cook and the No. 1-ranked wide receiver for the 2015 class Da'Vante Phillips. The Rockets, also feature two Miami commits -- ESPN 300 running back Joseph Yearby and tackle Trevor Darling. Booker T. Washington boasts four Miami commits, including defensive ends Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson and cornerback Nigel Bethel.