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January 30, 2012

Signing Day schedule: Final breakdown of NU targets

There have been some big Signing Days for the Huskers in recent memory, but none may be bigger than this year's big day as several top targets are set to announce Wednesday.

Get set for Signing Day as we break down all of the uncommitted recruits that are set to announce their decisions. The list takes you through the day, in order of declaration times, and includes our breakdown of the storylines heading into their announcements.

Aaron Curry - Announcement time: 7:45 a.m. (central)

Two schools remain as possibilities for the 6-3, 298-pound defensive tackle from Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge. Curry will make his announcement in a Signing Day press conference at the high school at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

The big defensive tackle returned from a trip this past weekend to TCU, but it appears the Horned Frogs were a little late to the party. Now, he'll decide between Iowa and Nebraska. The two Big Ten programs have been battling it out for Curry over the last several weeks.

At one time, Curry said he was close to committing to Iowa. That was before Nebraska entered the picture and former Hawkeye defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski made the move from Iowa City to Lincoln.

Curry's father says that they privately have an idea of where Aaron will go, but will wait until the ceremony on Wednesday morning to make the decision public. Right now, the Huskers chances certainly look very good in this one considering his relationship with Kaczenski is a strong one.

Alonzo Moore - Announcement time: 9 a.m. (central)

Nebraska has long since been considered the team to beat for Moore, who said he made a private decision a few weeks ago about where he was headed.

Since then, Moore took a last-minute weekend official visit to Louisiana Tech, a program that has been on his list for quite some time.

The final three remaining choices for Moore include Louisiana Tech, Nebraska and Northwestern State. Mississippi State was a one-time contender, but Moore tells HuskerOnline.com that they are no longer under consideration.

On the surface, Nebraska still looks like the team to beat, but the in-state school is making an extremely hard push late in the process. Though Louisiana Tech may win the distance battle, Moore has been to Nebraska on three separate occasions dating back to the summer. He camped at Nebraska, came back for another unofficial visit before the season and was also in Memorial Stadium for a home game this fall.

If Moore chooses the Huskers, his athleticism and versatility make him a candidate for a lot of different positions. Though he's dangerous with the ball in his hands, he has also spoken with Nebraska's Corey Raymond in the past about the secondary. The athlete description is the best one for Alonzo in terms of all the different positions he could potentially play in Lincoln, if he selects the Huskers on Signing Day.

Devian Shelton - Announcement time: 11 a.m. (central)

Oregon State cornerback commit Devian Shelton may be a current pledge to the Beavers, but he is currently thinking strongly about two other programs as well - Nebraska and Washington.

Shelton's coach, Khalid Ali, believes that Shelton may be thinking the hardest about the Huskers and the Huskies at this point, but that Oregon State obviously could be the final choice. This may be the hardest one to predict in terms of what Shelton might do on Signing Day at 11 a.m.

The top corner target and his parents both seemed impressed with head coach Bo Pelini and Raymond during recent in-home visits, especially about the education aspect of what the Huskers have to offer.

This would could go either way especially with former Oregon State defensive backs coach Keith Heyward now at Washington. However, the Huskers impressive visits with Devian and his family could push NU over the top.

Andrus Peat - Announcement time: 12:35 p.m. (central)

There isn't a more popular target out there for the Huskers that fans have been watching since the beginning. The brother of current Husker defensive tackle Todd Peat will do a live announcement on one of ESPN's family of channels on Wednesday between Nebraska, Stanford and USC.

For months, many have believed the Huskers would be the toughest to beat with his brother and current 2012 NU commit Avery Moss both set to be in Lincoln by this summer. Peat was recently accepted to Stanford and USC has always been a school on the main list. Florida State was a fourth school involved, but were eliminated towards the end.

Right now, it appears to be anybody's guess as to what Peat not only will do, but what he's even leaning towards at this time.

Vincent Valentine - Announcement time: 1 p.m. (central)

The big Illinois defensive tackle will announce between three schools.

Valentine said that he has already informed the coaching staffs of his decision, but like all the others, he is waiting to make it public until Wednesday.

Many have felt this will be a battle between Illinois and Nebraska in the end, especially with earlier comments from Valentine throughout the process that it was important for his family to see him play on a regular basis.

The Huskers also were the leader for much of the recruiting process, especially after a late official visit where Nebraska looked like they had secured a commanding lead. Though NU is probably the safest pick, Illinois received the last official visit and Florida made a strong push as well with head coach Will Muschamp making the long trip to conduct a late in-home visit with the 6-3, 300-pound DT.

Stay with HuskerOnline.com as we bring you live updates from all of these announcements along with video and photos of the ceremonies on Wednesday.

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