December 20, 2006

Watson sizes up NU's early signing class

Arguably no team in the country will bring in a better mid-term junior college signing class than Nebraska.

NU recruiting coordinator Shawn Watson confirmed on Wednesday that the Huskers received national letters of intent from four junior college players that will all be in Lincoln to start second semester classes in January.

Watson called San Francisco City College quarterback Zac Lee, Coffeyville (Kan.) C.C. safety Larry Asante and Thatcher Eastern Arizona cornerback Armando Murillo the top JUCO players in the nation at their respective positions. He added that Dodge City (Kan.) C.C. defensive tackle Shukree Barfield is probably one of the top two or three players at his respective position in the country as well.

"The junior college guys were targeted as guys that would come in and immediately help us," Watson said. "And when I say immediate, I mean as soon as they walk on campus. We've gotten outstanding players.

"It was an outstanding year and those guys saw the opportunity. When you saddle up those guys with the people that we have coming back on offense, with those types of players coming in to compete for starting positions on defense, you can see that this will be a really good team coming up here."

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