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The Big Fish Nebraska Football is Trying to Reel in on Offense and Why


While Nebraska’s 6-7 2015 record isn’t anything to celebrate, recruits don’t seem deterred by it. In fact, several seem psyched about what they could potentially contribute to Mike Riley’s program.

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The Cornhuskers already have a basket of quality recruits in the Big Red boat such as offensive guard John Raridon, safety Marquel Dismuke and quarterback Patrick O’Brien.

With less than a month to go until National Signing Day, the Huskers are looking to bring in a haul to make the Big Ten conference — and perhaps some in the college football world — a bit envious.

Today, we’ll look at a few recruits on offense that Big Red fans should keep their eyes out as potential Husker commitments and why:

WR Desmond Fitzpatrick

Nebraska has one of the best wide receiver corps in the Big Ten and the Huskers aim to keep it that way.

Dynamic receivers return such as Jordan Westerkamp, who nearly eclipsed Johnny Rodgers’ single season receiving record. Stanley Morgan had a fantastic freshman year and should be able to build on that.

How Fitzpatrick Can Help Nebraska: Fitzpatrick looks to be the type of receiver that Riley enjoys using for screens and deeper passes that result in yards after the catch. With blockers like wide receiver Brandon Reilly, the screen game could be a valuable asset for the Huskers' offense thanks to Fitzpatrick.

OL Matt Farniok

Hailing from Sioux Falls, S.D., Farniok has visited Nebraska so many times, you’d swear he has an assigned seat to take in the games he visits for.

How Farniok Can Help Nebraska: Those who are in the “run the ball” camp should be thrilled with the Huskers’ offensive line recruiting class so far and the addition of Farniok would be one big cherry on top of the sundae.

TE Noah Fant

Surprised? I know plenty of people will be reading Fant’s name on this list. Nebraska’s been in contact with Fant, who is currently committed to Iowa. While the Hawkeyes had an overall successful season, they also received commitments from two other tight ends. That happens to be the position Fant wants to play.

How Fant Can Help Nebraska: The Huskers lose three tight ends after this season in Carter, Trey Foster and Sam Cotton, so the need is there. As was shown down to the final snap of Nebraska’s season, tight ends get to have a lot of fun in this system as a blocker, receiver and even ball carrier.

— Written by Brandon Cavanaugh, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Be sure to follow Brandon on Twitter @eightlaces and like his Facebook page.