July 25, 2007

The running back candidates

It didn't take long for the Nebraska coaching staff to snag a running back for their 2008 recruiting class. Collins Okafor, a top athlete out of Omaha (Neb.) Westside, delivered his pledge to the Husker brass clear back in October of last year.

Since then, the 'Big Red' has been laying the recruiting groundwork on a number of other standout runners from across the country. In all likelihood, Nebraska will take at least one, if not two, more running backs in this year's class.

Which prospects are most likely to end up at Nebraska in the end? Here's a look at five ball carriers with whom the Huskers stand the greatest chance, in my opinion, of luring to Lincoln.

The Candidates

Jonas Gray
Detroit (Mich.) Country Day
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 213-pounds
Rivals Rank: Rated the No. 4 running back and No. 47 overall recruit in the country by Rivals.com. Four-Stars.

Why the Huskers have a chance: Nebraska has been steadily gaining steam in the recruitment of Gray over the past 30 days. The standout running back from Michigan and his family have built a very strong relationship with Nebraska assistant coach Randy Jordan . In addition, Gray has been in steady contact with a number of the Huskers' current commits, including quarterback Blaine Gabbert and linebacker Doug Rippy. His teammate and close friend, linebacker Kenny Demens, will be visiting Lincoln in late July and the two freely admit that they'd like to continue their playing relationship in college.

The competition: Michigan State, Minnesota, Michigan and Louisville are Gray's other top schools.

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