Cameron Brown commit: What does it mean for Nebraska?
Nebraska's Class of 2018 continues to quickly fill up with new commitments before the summer even starts. St. Louis wideout Cameron Brown became the 10th current verbal commit Sunday afternoon.
With this class being limited and the remaining slots being at a premium, other recruits with Husker scholarship offers will need to come aboard soon or risk being left out in the cold.
Here are some quick takes and analysis on what Brown's commitment means to the Huskers.
1. Cameron Brown is the first Cornhusker commit from the state of Missouri this cycle, but he likely will not be the last. It is a target rich environment in the Show Me State for college football recruiting this cycle and everyone is trying to get in on the picture. Brown's pledge to NU should only serve to help the Huskers' cause with the remaining recruits in the state they are pursuing.
2. With the remaining available spots filling up fast, the Husker coaching and personnel staff will not accept a commitment from a recruit unless they are certain he is at the top of their board. Brown fits the bill. His measurables rate among the best skill position players who NU has signed since Mike Riley became head coach in Lincoln. Brown has legitimate 4.5 speed in the forty, as well as recording a 40-inch vertical and a 3.86 shuttle. His personal best time in the 100-meters is 10.7-seconds.
3. Brown's pledge joined with earlier pledges from California receivers Manuel Allen and Eric Fuller gives Nebraska three commits at this high need position for this class, but there should be room for at least one more. The Husker staff is still in good shape with several other wideout prospects, especially with Joshua Moore who will be announcing his college choice on June 18. Others still in the picture are Isaiah Crocker, Tommy Bush and Kobe Smith.
4. Christian Brothers College High in St. Louis, Mo., is one of the top high schools in the state of Missouri and a consistent feeder of Division I talent to college programs in the Midwest. Nebraska already has one CBC player on their roster in potential starting running back Tre Bryant, and the school has another Class of 2018 receiver who has been offered by NU in four-star Kamryn Babb. This could make Babb take a fresh, new look at the Huskers.
5. There are several other highly regarded prospects in the state of Missouri, and particularly in the St. Louis area, who are currently holding Nebraska scholarship offers. The seniors-to-be who are the remaining top targets for NU in the state are all close friends with Brown. They include lineman Michael Thompson who is planning to visit Lincoln soon; athlete Mario Goodrich who attended April's Red-White spring game and nearly committed; as well as highly ranked defensive end recruits Daniel Carson and Ronnie Perkins.
6. Coach Dub is really hitting his recruiting stride with this Class of 2018 cycle. He is proving that there is not a better college football receivers coach in the country or a more effective recruiter on Nebraska's staff. Keith Williams has three wideout verbal pledges secured with scores of other targets who have the Huskers high on their short lists. And when all of these top receiver recruits get to see Nebraska's real offense being run by the likes of Tanner Lee, Patrick O'Brien and Tristan Gebbia it's going to set in a virtual cycle NU being a destination school for the best quarterback and receiver recruits in the country.
7. Brown is currently ranked a three-star prospect by Rivals, but he definitely has room to improve upon that and to be rated higher in future rankings revisions. Because he will be participating in such upcoming major regional and national type camp events as the Opening, the Rivals Camp Series, the UnderArmor All-American camp and the Football University camp.
2018 Nebraska commit breakdown
5/7/2017 - Cameron Brown - WR - K - 6-foot-1, 175 - St. Louis, MO - 3 Stars
5/2/2017 - Barret Pickering - K - 6-foot, 185 - Hoover, AL - NR
4/23/2017 - Chase Williams - CB - 6-foot-1, 175 - Corona, CA - 4 Stars
4/16/2017 - Tate Wildeman - DE - 6-foot-6, 245 - Parker, CO - 3 Stars
4/15/2017 - Manuel Allen - WR - 6-foot-1, 175 - Corona, CA - 4 Stars
4/14/2017 - Brendan Radley-Hiles - CB - 5-10, 175 - Bradenton, FL - 4 Stars
4/8/2017 - Will Farniok - OL - 6-3, 260 - Sioux Falls, SD - 3 Stars
1/18/17 - Eric Fuller - ATH - 5-9, 160 - Los Angeles, CA - 4 Stars
6/17/16 - Masry Mapieu - DT - 6-5, 290 - York, NE - 3 Stars
8/7/15 - Cameron Jurgens - ATH - 6-3, 235 - Beatrice, NE - 4 Stars
2018 commits by position
0 - Quarterback
0 - Running back/fullback
2 - Wide receiver
0 - Tight end
1 - Offensive linemen
1 - Defensive tackle
1 - Defensive end
0 - Linebacker
0 - Safety
2 - Cornerback
2 - Athlete
1 - Special teams
10. Where are they from
4 - California (Radley-Hiles counts towards California)
2 - Nebraska
1 - Colorado
1 - Missouri
1 - South Dakota
1 - Alabama