Signing Day 2016

The World-Herald's 2016 Husker football signing day coverage





  • Signing day wrap-up: Every story, every video, every signee »

  • After recruiting class ranked 24th nationally by one service, Riley says NU pushes on to 2017 »

  • Big, Fat Recruiting Update: 10 leftover thoughts from signing day »

  • By the numbers: A look at the Huskers' 2016 recruiting class »

  • Derrion Grim, Matt Farniok named Parade All-Americans »

  • Mike Riley learns lesson after getting burned by silent commits »

  • Jim Harbaugh can have his antics, Mike Riley wants the 'real stuff' »

  • How Nebraska's 2016 group compares to Riley's Oregon State classes »

  • Territorial gains: Mike Riley believes in ruling 500-mile radius, but it’s growing difficult »

  • McKewon: Husker commits offer an upgrade ?to pass coverage potential »

  • Shatel: After often-gloomy fall, Husker coach Mike Riley sold a vision »

  • Mike Riley pledges earlier recruiting start, better readiness next year for Huskers »

  • Notes: Nebraska’s long-term linemen; Engelhaupt had been on radar »

  • Sam McKewon's Big Ten recruiting rankings »

  • Aurora receiver buys in to Nebraska’s walk-on process »

  • Q&A: Husker wide receiver JD Spielman »

  • Video: Greg Simmons' father gives son touching tribute at signing ceremony »

  • Mike Riley says Nebraska's 2016 class has talent, production »

  • Nebraska announces full 2016 class, including nine walk-ons »

  • Update: Husker scholarship distribution chart »

  • Q&A: Husker tight end David Engelhaupt »

  • Vote: Which Husker signees will have the biggest impact going forward? »

  • Mad Chatter: Debating the importance of recruiting rankings »

  • Quayshon Alexander ready for 'new future' after sticking with Huskers »

  • Omaha South’s Noah ?Fant makes it official, signs with Hawkeyes »

  • Snow can’t keep Ben Stille, David Engelhaupt from becoming Huskers »

  • After a long wait, Pernell Jefferson completes Huskers' 2016 signing class »

  • NU assistants looking forward to spring ball »

  • Nebraska assistants comment on the 2016 signees »

  • Q&A: Husker defensive back JoJo Domann »

  • Best of the chat: Sam McKewon talks signing day and class of 2016 »

  • Two former Huskers officially land with new teams »

  • Ranking the Big Ten quarterback commits »

  • With Marquel Dismuke signed, will the Calabssas underclassmen follow? »

  • Mike Riley more settled as first full recruiting class signs »

  • Five sleepers in the Huskers' 2016 class »

  • Q&A: Husker defensive back Tony Butler »

  • DiCaprio Bootle the first one to the fax »

  • No Texas signees for Huskers for first time since 1983 »

  • Watch the action unfold from the players' perspective »

  • John Raridon transforms from freshman starter to Husker signee »

  • Beau Bisharat commits to Colorado (but Lamar Jackson still wants him N) »

  • Report: Nebraska commit Quayshon Alexander to announce final decision Wednesday »

  • Isaiah Simmons spurns Nebraska for Clemson »

  • Nebraska's recruiting budget has doubled in five years »

  • Lamar Jackson picks Nebraska, becomes Huskers' highest-ranked commit »

  • Norfolk Catholic tight end David Engelhaupt commits to the Huskers »

  • Huskers targeting recent Stanford decommit Beau Bisharat »

  • Shatel: Over-signing method too often overdone in football recruiting »

  • Husker target Isaiah Simmons to announce decision Tuesday »

  • From the archives: Five pieces of Husker recruiting history you really shouldn't miss »

  • Mad Chatter: What Tom Osborne got wrong about recruiting »

  • Ranking the top 20 Husker recruits in the last 10 years »

  • Husker offensive line recruit John Raridon shows his potential in all-star game »

  • Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee transferring to Nebraska »

  • Husker TE target Chase Allen commits to Iowa State »

  • Where are they now? A look at the 2015 Husker recruiting class »

  • Five hearts, two stars... do sleepers and rough diamonds pay off for Nebraska? »

  • McKewon: Husker A.D. Shawn Eichorst’s recruiting vision not geographic »

  • Huskers set 'Big Red Bash' event for Feb. 4 »



    61 Signing Day updates published so far

    Huskers add 21 signees with 2016 class; 'We've got production here,' says Riley

    Mike Riley and his staff spent the morning biding their time. They watched the faxes come in, did various interviews on the Huskers' own signing day program, on BTN and on ESPNU, and made sure the Twitterverse stayed quenched with updates. And just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, the final letter of intent — belonging to New Orleans linebacker Pernell Jefferson — popped out of the fax machine, and Nebraska's 2016 class was complete. And it's a class that, according to Riley, has some serious talent.

    The Huskers signed 21 players Wednesday and announced a nine-person walk-on class, too.

    While it lacked some final-day drama, there was no shortage of uncertainty. Quayshon Alexander seemed to be wavering as of signing day eve, then ended the speculation with his early morning commitment to NU. Now he's ready for his "new future." On Tuesday, NU was trying to convince recent Stanford decommit Beau Bisharat to sign, but the running back picked Colorado late Tuesday night. Then, on Wednesday afternoon, New Orleans linebacker Pernell Jefferson had some doubting his commitment. But 3 hours and 14 minutes after the 20th letter of intent came in, Jefferson filed his at 12:38 p.m., becoming the 21st and final piece of Riley's first full recruiting class.

    As far as winning or losing the day, Nebraska seems to have finished hovering right around the top 25 in the recruiting class rankings, the highest since 2013. And that's without signing a recruit from Texas — the first time in 33 years that's happened at Nebraska.

    And though the drama may have been somewhat limited, there was no shortage of news Wednesday. You can see a full list below, but the highlights are worth mentioning:

    » As far as signing ceremonies go, Greg Simmons was hard to beat. His father gave an emotional, must-see speech during his signing day ceremony. Of course, the snow tried to keep Nebraskans from their signing ceremonies, but Ashland-Greenwood's Ben Stille couldn't be stopped. And it's hard not to wonder if Marquel Dismuke's signing day ceremony will be the first of many at Calabasas High.

    » Several Husker assistants joined Nebraska's signing day show, raving about the new commits. Others just couldn't wait to start practice.

    » Of course, our reporters dug into the data for you, bringing some good stories to light. Sam McKewon offered his five sleepers in the class, and also ranked the Big Ten's new crop of QBs. We've got a look at NU's recruiting budget over the years. And of course, we've dug up some of the best signing day stories from our archives.

    There is a ton more below. Tell us who you think will be the Instant Impact and Hidden Gem players from the class. Click on the player cards at left to see biographical information for each and every commit — including star ratings, photos, Hudl highlight videos and more — check out the class page for a closer look at the walk-ons, transfers and more, and check out the latest videos below and make sure you're following Big Red Today on Twitter and Facebook so you don't miss out on any news.

    And finally, check out the following links, which take you to our live signing day interviews with nearly half of the recruiting class. They were generous with their time, and they gave some good interviews. Thanks for following along, and stay tuned for even more in-depth NU and Big Ten recruiting news.

    Signing day schedule
    6 a.m.: Coverage begins
    8 a.m.: Tony Butler
    9:30 a.m.: Sam McKewon
    10:35 a.m.: JoJo Domann
    11:30 a.m.: Tanner Lee
    12 p.m.: David Engelhaupt
    2:30 p.m.: Mike Riley talks
    3 p.m.: Caleb Lightbourn on TBL
    3:45 p.m.: Tre Bryant on TBL
    4 p.m.: Greg Simmons on TBL
    4:10 p.m.: Dirk Chatelain on TBL
    4:30 p.m.: JD Spielman

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