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A closer look at the 2015 Top247

The Class of 2015 Top247 rankings came out on Wednesday. The Nebraska staff have been busy making offers to players in this cycle, even though the majority of the focus has been on the 2014 Class.

Omaha North running back Calvin Strong starts out as a four-star for 2015.

NU has 16 offers out to players that made the Top247 and have expressed interest in several more. There’s even one 2015 in-state player, as Omaha North running back Calvin Strong cracks the list as the No. 234 ranked recruit in country.

Here are a few other thoughts on the Top247 for 2015:

- West Mesquite quarterback Chason Virgil makes the list as the No. 200 player in the country. Nebraska offered Virgil in January after offering 2013 defensive lineman Dimarya Mixon. The Huskers were enamored with the playmaking quarterback, but so were other teams, as NU will face stiff competition as he already holds offers from Arizona State, Clemson, Mississippi State and Missouri.

Virgil showed his youth during the Dallas Elite 11 competition this spring. He struggled with timing, but based on his body size, natural athleticism and playmaking history, expect Virgil to put together a strong junior campaign this fall and be one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country.

- Running back will be an interesting position in 2015. Nebraska will need to replace Ameer Abdullah after the 2014 season and will have options on the roster. However, there will be quite a few intriguing players in the cycle.

Obviously, Calvin Strong is the local name, but the Huskers will also likely show interest in Lee’s Summit West running back Ryan Williams and Katy High running back Rodney Anderson.

The Huskers will have a lot of looks at Williams while scouting 2014 receiver Monte Harrison. Nebraska also has had some looks at Anderson, as he was the running back who worked with 2013 signee Adam Taylor at Katy High.

- There’s a lot of talent in the 500-mile radius for the 2015 cycle, specifically in the state of Missouri where there’s a lot going on. The nation’s No. 2 player, strong-side defensive end Terry Beckner Jr. hails from East St. Louis High, as well as No. 110 ranked running back Natereace Strong.The Huskers have an offer out to Beckner Jr., but haven’t yet offered Strong.

Other Missouri recruits worth noting are quarterback Drew Lock from Lee’s Summit; defensive end Hale Hentges from Jefferson City; running back Ryan Williams from Lee’s Summit West.

- Cornerback Eric Lee is an intriguing prospect because of ties to Nebraska and his talent. Lee lived in Lincoln as a youth and went to Nebraska games with D.J. and Trey Foster. He enjoyed a breakout season for Valor Christian near Denver and trains with former Denver Broncos defensive back Brian Dawkins. Lee is getting looks from a number of programs, and was one of the visitors for Nebraska's spring game in April.

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