The Class Breakdown:
Total: 17; Freshmen: 15; Junior College Transfers: 2
By State: California (2): Brown (Gardena); Whitaker (Murrieta); Illinois (2): Valentine (Edwardsville); Westerkamp (Lombard); Ohio (2): Alexander (Toledo); McMullen (Akron): Texas (2): Armstrong (Cibolo), Curry (Keller); Nebraska (1): Cotton (Lincoln); Arizona (1): Moss (Tempe); Colorado (1): Thurston (Arvada); Georgia (1): Cross (Gainesville); Louisiana (1): Moore (Winnfield); Missouri (1): Rose (Kansas City); Pennsylvania (1): Anderson (Philadelphia); Utah (1): Afalava (South Jordan); Virginia (1): Seisay (Springfield).
By Position (First Position Listed):
Offense (6): QB-Armstrong; RB-Cross; WR-Westerkamp; TE-Cotton; OL-Thurston, Whitaker
Defense (9): DL-Curry, McMullen, Moss, Valentine LB-Afalava, Anderson, Brown, Rose; DB-Seisay
Athlete (2): Alexander, Moore
6-3, 215, LB, South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS)
Jared Afalava (pronounced Off-uh-lava) is one of four players in Nebraska’s 2012 signing class who are expected to begin their Husker career at linebacker. The 6-3, 215-pound Afalava has been a standout on the Bingham High School defense for the past three seasons, helping the school to a pair of state championships in Utah Class 5A. Bingham recorded more than 180 career tackles, including 87 tackles in his senior season in 2011. He also had two sacks, three interceptions, two fumbles caused and a fumble recovery for Coach Dave Peck’s team. Overall, Afalava had five games with 10 or more tackles in 2011, helping Bingham to a 9-3 record and trip to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs . For his efforts, Afalava was a first-team Class 5A all-state pick by both the Salt Lake City Tribune and the Deseret News. Afalava played in the Semper Fi Marines All-America Bowl following his senior season. Afalava was also a standout during his junior year, totaling 87 tackles and five interceptions to help Bingham to a 13-0 record and its second straight state championship. As a junior, Alfalava was a first-team all-state pick by the Deseret News and a second-teamer according to the Salt Lake City Tribune. He also played a key role in a state title as a sophomore, compiling more than 20 tackles. Afalava is ranked among the nation’s top 50 linebackers by Rivals.com, 247 Sports and Scout.com. He is regarded as one of the top five prospects in Utah by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and 247 ranks him among the nation’s top 250 overall prospects. Afalava chose Nebraska after also visiting Washington, and he also had offers from Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Colorado, Oregon State and BYU among others. Afalava is the son of Kesi and Kay Afalava, and he was born on Oct. 30, 1993.
6-2, 190, ATH, Toledo, Ohio (Whitmer HS)
Versatile athlete LeRoy Alexander joined the Nebraska 2012 recruiting class in late January and has the ability to play either side of the ball for the Huskers. The 6-2, 190-pound Alexander starred at Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio, as a senior, helping Coach Joe Palka’s team to a 13-1 record. Whitmer advanced to the Divsion I (largest class) state semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Cleveland St. Ignatius. Alexander was a valuable member of the secondary, racking up 43 tackles, seven pass breakups and a pair of interceptions. He was also an explosive threat on offense, with 60 rushes for 665 yards and eight touchdowns, and he also had a receiving touchdown. Alexander played at Springfield High in Holland, Ohio, as a sophomore and junior before transferring to Whitmer for his senior season. Alexander helped Springfield to a 9-3 record in 2010. Alexander was coached by current Nebraska graduate assistant Vince Marrow at Springfield in 2009. Alexander also had a scholarship offer from Toledo, and was drawing strong interest from Michigan State before deciding on Nebraska. Alexander is ranked as the No. 60 “athlete” prospect in the country according to Rivals.com. A talented two-sport standout, Alexander was an honorable-mention all-state selection in basketball for Springfield High School in 2011, and has helped Whitmer to an 13-2 record and top 10 ranking in Ohio at the midway point of this season. Alexander and fellow Ohio product Greg McMullen (Akron) give Nebraska six signees from Ohio in Bo Pelini’s five recruiting classes as head coach, including four in the past two seasons. Alexander was born on Jan. 20, 1994, and he is the son of LeRoy and Theresa Alexander.
6-1, 220, LB, Philadelphia, Pa. (Frankford HS/Riverside CC)
Zaire Anderson is one of two prospects in Nebraska’s 2012 class to join the Husker program from the junior college ranks. The 6-1, 220-pound Anderson is also one of four linebackers in the Huskers’ signing class. Anderson will join the program this summer with two seasons of remaining eligibility after starring at Riverside (Calif.) City College the past two seasons. Anderson helped Coach Tom Craft’s team to a 21-1 record over the past two years, including a perfect 11-0 record in 2011. Anderson was a play-maker at linebacker, finishing the 2011 season with 95 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. In his final game at Riverside, Anderson registered 12 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and forced two fumbles in a 31-14 bowl victory over Saddleback Junior College. For his play in 2011, Anderson was named a JC Gridwire All-American and the National Division East Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Anderson quickly became an impact player for Riverside in 2010, finishing the year with 92 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and nine sacks to earn second-team all-conference honors. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Anderson starred at Frankford High School where he was a first-team All-Philadelphia Public selection in his senior season. He is the first Pennsylvania native to sign with Nebraska since 1999. Anderson is regarded as the top junior college linebacker prospect and No. 13 overall JUCO player by Rivals.com, while JC Gridiron.com named him as one of its “Dirty Dozen” Outside Linebackers. Anderson only visited Nebraska but had numerous scholarship offers, including Texas Tech, Mississippi State and Kentucky. Anderson is the son of Walter Anderson and Kim Hawkins, and he was born on Aug. 18, 1992.
6-2, 210, QB, Cibolo, Texas (Cibolo Steele HS)
Tommy Armstrong is the only scholarship quarterback in Nebraska’s 2012 recruiting class and is considered one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks. The 6-2, 210-pound Armstrong led Cibolo Steele High School to the Class 5A state championship game each of his final two seasons. Armstrong led Steele to 15 straight victories in 2011, before a loss in the state championship game. In the process, Armstrong produced huge numbers both as a runner and a passer. He finished with 1,281 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, while passing for 1,945 yards and 29 touchdowns, against just two interceptions, completing nearly 59 percent of his passes as a senior. Armstrong showed his all-around ability during Steele’s run to the state title game. In the quarterfinals, Armstrong threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for a touchdown. A week later in a semifinal victory, Armstrong had 139 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground, while passing for another score. For his effort as a senior, Armstrong was named to the San Antonio Express News All-Area team as an all-purpose player and he was the District 25-5A Offensive MVP. Armstrong also earned first-team all-district honors as a junior, when he led Cibolo Steele to a 14-2 record and a Class 5A Division II state championship. In 2010, Armstrong ran for more than 500 yards and eight touchdowns, while completing better than 51 percent of his passes for 1,343 yards and 19 touchdowns, with just two interceptions. Armstrong is regarded as the No. 5 quarterback in the country and 18th-best overall prospect in the state of Texas by Scout.com, while Rivals.com ranks him among the top 50 players in Texas and one of the nation’s top 10 dual-threat signal callers. Armstrong played in the Offense-Defense Bowl in Arlington, Texas, following his senior season. Armstrong is one of two Texans in the Huskers’ 2012 class and gives NU at least one Lone Star State representative in its signing class for the 12th straight year. He only visited Nebraska, but had offers from coast to coast, including Georgia Tech, Oregon, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, TCU and UCLA. Armstrong is the son of Tommy Armstong, Sr., and he was born on Nov. 8, 1993.
6-2, 210, LB, Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra HS)
California prospect Thomas Brown is one of four impressive linebacker prospects in the Huskers’ 2012 recruiting class. A native of Gardena, Calif., Brown is also one of two Californians in the Husker class, marking the 14th straight year Nebraska has signed at least one player from the Golden state. Brown was a standout at Junipero Serra High School during his senior season. Brown recorded 77 tackles including 32 solo stops and also had 2.5 sacks and a pair of pass deflections. His play helped Coach Scott Altenberg’s Serra High team to an 11-2 record and a Central Coast Section Division I title. The section championship was the first for the school since 1990. The 6-2, 210-pound Brown played his junior season at St. Anthony High School where he was also a standout defender. Brown racked up 96 tackles and five sacks for St. Anthony during the 2010 campaign. Brown is regarded among the top 75 prospects in California by both 247 Sports and Rivals.com. 247 ranks him as the 17th-best inside linebacker prospect in the country, while Rivals.com and Scout.com also list him among the top 50 inside linebacker prospects. Brown also visited Arizona State, and also had scholarship offers from Colorado, Utah and SMU among others. Brown is the son of Thomas Brown and Lashanda Parks, and he was born on June 23, 1994.
6-4, 240, TE, Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Southeast HS)
Lincoln Southeast product Sam Cotton will join the Husker program as the lone tight end in the 2012 signing class. He is also Nebraska’s only in-state scholarship signee this year. The 6-4, 240-pound Cotton will continue a family tradition with the Huskers. His father, Barney, is Nebraska’s offensive line coach and played for the Huskers from 1976 to 1978. Sam’s older brothers, Ben and Jake, are both members of the Husker team. Ben will be a senior tight end in 2012, while Jake will be a sophomore offensive lineman for the Huskers next fall. Sam played a key role in helping Southeast earn a Class A state title in 2011. The Knights finished with a 12-1 record, including a 21-9 victory over Omaha Burke in the state title game, when Cotton caught a 34-yard touchdown pass. The championship game capped a senior year in which Cotton had 23 receptions, including seven touchdown grabs. He also played defensive line for Coach Ryan Gottula’s team, and made 42 tackles, including 7.5 sacks. His efforts as a senior earned Cotton first-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald as a defensive lineman and he was an honorary captain of that team. The Lincoln Journal Star also named him as a co-captain of its Super State team, but listed him as a first-team selection at tight end. Cotton also played a key role on both sides of the football during his junior season, when his play helped Southeast to a 10-2 record and a trip to the Class A semifinals. He was an honorable-mention all-state pick by both major newspapers during his junior season. Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247 Sports all rank Cotton among the top four players in the state of Nebraska, and among the top 50 tight ends in the country. Cotton committed to Nebraska in June of 2011, and did not take any other visits. Sam Cotton is the son of Barney and Christine Cotton, and he was born on Jan. 27, 1994.
6-1, 220, RB, Gainesville, Ga. (North Hall HS)
Powerful running back Imani Cross joined Nebraska’s 2012 recruiting class in the final week before National Signing Day. The Gainesville, Ga., native checks in at 6-1 and 220 pounds, giving the Huskers a physical presence in the backfield. Cross is Nebraska’s first signee from the state of Georgia since Alfonzo Dennard in 2008. Cross piled up 1,698 rushing yards as a senior at North Hall High School, including 24 rushing touchdowns. Cross averaged nearly nine yards per carry, and also excelled on defense for Coach Robert Christmas, making 88 tackles from his linebacker position. Cross’ play as a senior earned him second-team Class AAA all-state honors in Georgia. As a junior, Cross rushed for 600 yards and nine touchdowns, despite being limited to five games because of an injury. As a sophomore, Cross helped North Hall to a 9-3 record and playoff berth by rushing for 1,417 yards and 17 touchdowns. Cross is ranked among the top 35 running backs in the country by Rivals.com, 247 Sports and Scout.com, while both Rivals and 247 rank him among the top 50 overall prospects in Georgia. Cross also visited Kentucky and East Carolina, and had numerous other offers including Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia Tech. Cross was born on Sept. 23, 1993, and he is the son of Tim and Sharon Cross. Cross’ brother, Izaan, will be a senior defensive end at Georgia Tech in 2012. Izaan Cross has 28 career starts for the Yellow Jackets.
6-3, 275, DT, Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge HS)
Aaron Curry joins the Nebraska program as part of a strong group of defensive linemen in the 2012 class. The 6-3, 275-pound Curry is one of four players expected to begin their Husker career on the defensive front, including two on the interior. Curry is one of two Texans in the Huskers’ 2012 class, giving NU at least one signee from the Lone Star State for the 12th consecutive year. As a senior, Curry had 59 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble for Fossil Ridge High School. His play helped Coach Tony Baccarini’s team to a 6-5 record and a trip to the state playoffs. Curry was chosen an all-district performer at the 5A level for his play. During his junior season, Curry had 68 total tackles, including four sacks. Curry was ranked among the top 50 defensive tackles in the country by Scout.com and Rivals.com. In addition to Nebraska, Curry also visited Iowa, Missouri and Boise State and had dozens of other scholarship offers. He was born on June 12, 1994, and is the son of Aaron Sr. and Peggy Curry. Aaron Curry Sr. played college basketball at Oklahoma.
6-5, 255, DE, Akron, Ohio (Hoban HS)
Defensive end prospect Greg McMullen was one of the most dominant defenders in the state of Ohio throughout his prep career at Akron’s Hoban High School. McMullen and fellow Ohio product LeRoy Alexander (Toledo) give Nebraska six signees from Ohio in Bo Pelini’s five recruiting classes as head coach, including four in the past two seasons. The 6-5, 255-pound McMullen racked up more than 40 sacks during his high school career, while being a regular in the lineup since his freshman season. McMullen capped his career with 78 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss during his senior season. His play for Coach Ralph Orsini earned McMullen North Coast Blue Division Player-of-the-Year honors. He was also a first-team Division III All-Ohio selection for the second straight year. McMullen was equally as impressive as a junior, earning All-Ohio honors after racking up 87 tackles, 8.5 sacks and an impressive 31 quarterback pressures. He also lined up at tight end and had four receptions for 70 yards. McMullen earned second-team All-Ohio honors as a sophomore when he racked up 11.5 sacks from his end position. McMullen first broke onto the scene at Hoban as a freshman, when he had 12 sacks and earned honorable-mention All-Ohio accolades. McMullen is ranked among the top 200 players overall nationally by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and is also among the top 12 overall prospects in Ohio by both services. McMullen is also listed among the top dozen defensive end prospects nationally by both of those services. McMullen appeared in the SemperFi Marines All-America Bowl following his senior season. McMullen only visited Nebraska, but he was highly recruited including scholarship offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Cincinnati and North Carolina State, among others. McMullen is the son of Lashaun Brown, and he was born on Oct. 13, 1993.
6-2, 170, ATH, Winnfield, La. (Winnfield Senior HS)
Alonzo Moore is an explosive athlete who could play a number of positions when he begins his college career at Nebraska. The 6-2, 170-pound Moore saw action at quarterback, running back and receiver for Winnfield (La.) High School, helping his team to a 14-1 record and a trip to the Class 2A state championship game in 2011. Moore rushed for 1,473 yards and 22 touchdowns on 156 carries, while throwing for another 442 yards and a touchdown. For his efforts, Moore was a first-team all-state pick and was chosen as the Class 2A Offensive Player of the Year. Moore totaled 26 touchdowns as a senior, including three on returns. As a junior, Moore earned all-district honors and honorable-mention all-state honors, while primarily playing receiver. He caught 49 passes for 1,246 yards and 17 touchdowns for Coach Andy Pyles’ team, while also rushing 53 times for 591 yards and nine scores. His play helped Winnfield to an 8-5 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals. Moore spent the majority of his time at quarterback in his first two years on the varsity squad, and during his sophomore year in 2009, he accounted for more than 2,100 total yards to help Winnfield to an 8-4 record. Moore is ranked among the top 50 receivers in the nation by 247 Sports, while Rivals.com lists him as the No. 22 “athlete” in the country. Both services rank Moore among the top 20 overall prospects in Louisiana. Moore is also an outstanding basketball player, and averaged better than 20 points per game during his junior season. Moore also visited Mississippi State and Louisiana Tech, in addition to offers from Minnesota, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Ole Miss. He is the son of Janice Moore, and was born on Nov. 10, 1992.
6-4, 245, DE, Tempe, Ariz. (Corona Del Sol HS)
Arizona native Avery Moss is one of two talented defensive end prospects in the Huskers’ 2012 signing class, joining Ohio product Greg McMullen. The 6-4, 245-pound Moss had a highly productive high school career at Corona Del Sol High in Tempe, Ariz. Moss used his size and speed to torment opposing passers throughout his career. As a senior, Moss had 59 tackles, including 26 solo stops, five sacks and a pair of pass breakups. His play for Coach Tom Joseph earned Moss second-team Division I all-state honors from the Arizona Republic. Moss earned all-region honors as a junior despite playing in only five games because of a broken hand. During his limited time, Moss made 12 tackles and had 2.5 sacks. Moss played in the Semper Fi Marines All-America Bowl in Arizona in early January, and made his pledge to Nebraska at that time. Moss is ranked among the top 15 players in Arizona by Scout.com, 247 Sports and Rivals.com. He also ranks among the top 50 defensive ends in the country by both 247 and Rivals.com. Moss also visited Arizona State and Purdue and had scholarship offers from Arizona, Washington, Stanford and San Diego State among others. In addition to his success on the gridiron, Moss is a standout on the basketball court, helping Corona Del Sol to a 22-1 record through Jan. 27. He has received recruiting interest in basketball from several schools including Denver, Pepperdine, San Diego and UCSB. Moss was born on Sept. 16, 1994 and his father is Shalamar Moss.
6-0, 230, LB, Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst HS)
Kansas City product Michael Rose is part of an impressive group of linebackers in Nebraska’s 2012 signing class. The 6-0, 230-pound Rose is one of four standouts expected to begin their Husker career in the linebacking corps. Rose was a playmaker for Coach Tony Severino at Rockhurst (Mo.) High School, helping his team to a 10-2 record and a trip to the Class 6 quarterfinals in 2011. Rose made 104 tackles as a senior, including three sacks, while adding a pair of interceptions, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Rose was honored for his efforts by being named a first-team Class 6 all-state pick by the Missouri Coaches Association and an all-Metro selection by the Kansas City Star. Injuries limited Rose to just six games during his junior season, but he made a big impact when he was on the field. Rose averaged nearly three tackles for loss per game in his limited playing time. Rose first played a key role for Rockhurst during his sophomore season, when he racked up a team-high 95 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a pair of fumble recoveries. Rose participated in the Under Armour All-America Bowl in Florida in January and was one of the defensive standouts in the contest. Rose was the first player to commit to the Cornhuskers’ 2012 class, making his intentions known before his junior season, and he did not take any other visits. He did have dozens of offers including Iowa, Ohio State, Missouri, USC, Kansas and Indiana to name a few. Rose is ranked among the top five players in the state of Missouri by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and 247 and ESPNU list him among the top 150 overall prospects in the country. Rose is listed among the top 15 inside linebackers in the country by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports. Rose was also on the preseason watch list for the high school version of the Butkus Award. Rose was born on Aug. 30, 1993, and he is the son of Michael Rose Sr.
6-2, 200, DB, Springfield, Va. (West Springfield HS/
Fork Union Military Academy/Memphis/Eastern Arizona JC)
Mohammed Seisay is one of two highly regarded junior college prospects in Nebraska’s 2012 class of signees. Seisay (pronounced See-say) joins the Nebraska program after spending the 2011 season at Eastern Arizona Junior College, and he also has prior Division I experience with two seasons in the program at Memphis. Seisay has two years of eligibility remaining at Nebraska and enrolled in January and will take part in spring football for the Huskers. Seisay had an impressive 2011 season for Coach Bob O’Mera at Eastern Arizona Community College, where Seisay made 22 tackles and recorded six interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Seisay is regarded as one of the top 10 junior college players in the country by Rivals.com and among the top three defensive backs, while 247 Sports ranks him among the top 20 junior college prospects in the country. Before transferring to Eastern Arizona, Seisay spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons at Memphis. After redshirting in 2009, Seisay started all 12 games at cornerback for the Tigers in 2010 and earned Conference USA All-Freshman honors. He finished the 2010 season with 39 tackles, including 23 solo stops, two interceptions and three pass breakups. Seisay had a season-high six tackles in three games (East Carolina, Tennessee, UAB). Seisay spent the 2008 season at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, where he played for Coach John Shuman, and helped the team to a 6-4 record. Seisay totaled 45 tackles and eight pass breakups for Fork Union, and also returned a blocked PAT 95 yards. Seisay played for Coach Bill Renner at West Springfield (Va.) High School, where he helped the 2007 team to a 10-3 record and trip to the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. Seisay had 35 tackles, four interceptions, 10 pass breakups and forced fumbled in 2007 and was named first-team all-district. He also starred in 2006, including a school-record three interceptions against Hayfield High School. Seisay was a first-team all-district pick in both 2006 and 2007 at West Springfield. Seisay chose Nebraska after also visiting Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, and he had a number of other offers including Florida State and Oklahoma. Seisay was born on May 22, 1990 and he is the son of Ibrahim Seisay and Fatima Seisay.
6-5, 275, OL, Arvada, Colo. (Arvada West HS)
Colorado product Paul Thurston is one of two offensive linemen in the Huskers’ 2012 recruiting class. Thurston also continues a strong link to the state of Colorado for Nebraska, as the Huskers have signed at least one Colorado native in five of the past seven recruiting classes. The 6-5, 275-pound Thurston was a dominant blocker for Arvada West High School each of the past three seasons. For his work on the offensive line during his senior season, Thurston was a Class 5A (largest class) first-team all-state selection by the Denver Post. During his junior year of action for Coach Casey Coons, Thurston helped Arvada West to a 6-5 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Thurston was a a first-team all-conference selection as a junior, when he played some on the defensive line, in addition to his offensive work. Thurston was also a member of the 2009 varsity team as a sophomore, when Arvada West posted an 11-2 record and advanced to the Class 5A state semifinals. Thurston is regarded as one of the top five players in Colorado by both Rivals.com and 247 sports. He is also listed among the top 150 overall prospects in the country by both Rivals and Scout.com, and is generally regarded among the top 20 offensive tackles nationally. Thurston commited to Nebraska in the summer before his senior year, and did not take any other visits. He did receive numerous offers including Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, Colorado, Northwestern, Kansas State and UCLA to name a few. Thurston is the son of Greg and Janet Thurston, and he was born on June 25, 1993.
6-3, 300, DT, Edwardsville, Ill. (Edwardsville HS)
Illinois product Vincent Valentine is one of four defensive linemen in Nebraska’s 2012 class, and one of two players projected to start their careers on the interior. Valentine and fellow Illinois product Jordan Westerkamp give the Huskers two signees from that state for the first time since 2004. The 6-3, 300-pound Valentine was a second-team all-state, all-class pick in Illinois by the Chicago Tribune during his senior season. Valentine had 35 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and three sacks for Edwardsville, helping Coach Matt Martin’s team to a 5-5 record and trip to the Illinois state playoffs. Valentine was also chosen as a first-team Class 7A all-state performer by the Illinois High School Coaches Association, and earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors for the second straight season. During his junior season, Valentine made 33 tackles, while adding two sacks, forcing two fumbles and recovering a fumble. Valentine was also a starter as a sophomore when he racked up 29 tackles, two sacks and had a fumble recovery. Valentine is ranked among the nation’s top 50 defensive tackles by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and both services rank him among the top 15 overall prospects in the state of Illinois. Valentine chose Nebraska over Florida and Illinois, and had dozens of other offers including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin in the Big Ten. Valentine was born on Feb. 23, 1994, and he is the son of Vincent Sr. and Angreha Valentine.
6-2, 195, WR, Lombard, Ill. (Montini Catholic HS)
Jordan Westerkamp is a record-setting receiver who joins the Nebraska program after posting amazing statistics during his prep career at Montini Catholic High School in Illinois. The 6-2, 195-pound Westerkamp is the state’s all-time leader in receptions (235), receiving yards (4,618) and receiving touchdowns (68). Westerkamp helped lead Coach Chris Andriano’s team to state titles each of the past three seasons, capped by a memorable performance in his final prep game. In the Class 5A state championship game against Joliet Catholic, Westerkamp had 12 catches for 353 yards and five touchdowns, leading his team to a 70-45 victory. The championship-game effort capped a senior year that saw him catch 91 passes for 1,659 yards and 29 touchdowns. Westerkamp received a number of accolades for his performance, highlighted by being chosen a first-team USA Today All-American. He was also the Illinois Player of the Year by both the Chicago Tribune and ESPN Chicago, the Suburban Christian Conference Player of the Year and an all-state and all-metro selection. In his junior season, Westerkamp caught 89 passes for 1,631 yards and 23 touchdowns, helping Montini to a 12-2 record and a Class 5A state title, including seven catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns in the championship game. His play as a junior earned Westerkamp first-team 5A all-state honors from the Illinois Coaches Association. As a sophomore, Westerkamp burst onto the scene with 51 receptions for 1,156 yards and 16 touchdowns, including a 99-yard touchdown. He had a touchdown catch in the Class 5A state title game, helping Montini cap off a 10-4 season and the first of three straight state titles. Following his senior season, Westerkamp participated in the Semper Fi Marines All-America Bowl in Arizona. Westerkamp is listed among the top 10 players in Illinois by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and is generally regarded as one of the top 50 receivers in the country, while Scout.com lists him among the nation’s top 250 overall prospects. Westerkamp chose Nebraska over Notre Dame and had dozens of other scholarship offers, including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern and West Virginia. Jordan is the son of Robert and Kimberly Westerkamp, and he was born on June 23, 1994. His father also starred at Montini Catholic and collegiately at Illinois.
6-5, 270, OL, Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS)
Corey Whitaker is a talented offensive line prospect who joined Nebraska’s list of commitments in the final week of January. Whitaker is one of two offensive linemen in the Huskers’ 2012 class, and one of two California natives in the class, marking the 14th straight year Nebraska has signed at least one player from the Golden State. The 6-5, 270-pound Whitaker starred at Vista Murrieta High School in California the past two seasons. His play helped fuel a prolific offense that led Coach Coley Candaele’s team to the finals of the CIF Southern Section Inland playoffs each of the past two seasons. In 2011, Vista Murrieta finished with a 10-4 record, however all four losses were by forfeit, and it capped its season with a 35-28 victory over Corona Centennial in the playoff finals. Whitaker’s play helped the offense average 235.9 rushing yards and 37.0 points per game. As a junior, Whitaker paved the way for an offense that averaged 38.8 points per game and better than 200 rushing yards per game en route to a 12-2 record and a berth in the finals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Whitaker was a two-time first-team all-league, All-CIF and All-Valley selection, and was named to the 2011 All-Inland team by SouthernCaliforniaPreps.com. Whitaker is regarded as one of the nation’s top 100 offensive line prospects by 247 Sports. Whitaker also drew heavy interest from Oregon, visited Nevada and San Jose State, and had offers from Fresno State and San Diego State among others. Whitaker was born on Feb. 14, 1994, and he is the son of Corey Whitaker and Tammy Reisdorph.