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10 recruits to know this spring

Even though the Huskers have only one commitment in the 2014 cycle thus far, Nebraska has made good progress with other key targets. NU has made a number of early offers and will be expecting several visitors throughout the rest of spring practices.

Bo Hines will be on campus next week.

Here's an early list of 10 recruits to know this spring:

Zack Darlington - This quarterback has emerged as one of the top targets at the position for Nebraska. Darlington is a true dual-threat quarterback, possessing both a strong arm and foot speed.

The relationship is already being built with the Florida native as he attended a Nebraska bowl practice this past December. Darlington said he watched a lot of clips of former NU quarterbacks Scott Frost and Eric Crouch, two successful running quarterbacks for the Huskers.

Nebraska could receive a visit from Darlington this spring and he's already been in contact with NU's first commit, Luke Gifford.

Mike Edwards - Nebraska needs to add help in the secondary and a player like Edwards could really provide it. The talented defender from near Cincinnati hopes to make a visit to NU this spring or summer. At the time, he called Nebraska his best offer.

Edwards said he's had several strong conversations with Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis. The safety said he could also play corner and likes the idea of playing in Nebraska's physical style defense.

D.J. Foster - The Lincoln Southeast guard was one of the first players to land an offer, picking his up in April 2012. Nebraska is pushing hard for the offensive lineman, who has started receiving national attention, including offers from Florida and Georgia.

Foster has said numerous times he doesn't plan on making an early decision. Having his teammate and friend, Gifford, on board helps make Nebraska a more attractive option. He plans to attend the spring game.

Defensive tackle Peyton Newell has been a frequent visitor to Nebraska's campus.

Monte Harrison - Nebraska holds a lot of interest in this talented athlete. The two-sport star is receiving attention from both the baseball and football programs. Harrison visited Nebraska in January for the select junior day.

Harrison has also received a visit from Bo Pelini prior to Signing Day and will be one of the top receiver targets for Nebraska. Given his proximity and interest in the program, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him at the spring game in April.

Bo Hines - The Charlotte receiver has strong interest in the Huskers after a series of positive talks with NU recruiter Rick Kaczenski. Nebraska came on the radar after Hines' high school coach sent out film to several Big Ten schools.

Hines said previously that he doesn't know much about Nebraska, but he knows it's a program steeped in tradition. He's hoping to experience everything first hand at the end of March with a weekend visit. It wouldn't be a surprise to see an early commitment from Hines after his Nebraska visit and subsequent trip to see Ole Miss.

Billy Hirschfeld - After the success of landing on Wisconsin defender in A.J. Natter, Nebraska has its eyes set on a second. Hirschfield is a potential defensive line prospect and has shown strong interest in the program.

Hirschfeld clarified with Nebraska's coaches that he does indeed hold a Husker offer, and will be in Lincoln for the spring game.

Elijah Lee - Even though he doesn't hold a Nebraska offer yet, it'd be hard to imagine the Huskers passing on a talent like Lee. The Blue Springs (Mo.) defender has had strong talks with area recruiter John Garrison and has shown good interest in the Huskers.

Lee is a dominant defender with good burst and size. He finished with 15.5 sacks and could be another strong addition as the Huskers attempt to add speed and size to its defense. Lee said he's open to playing defensive line or linebacker. He hopes to land his Nebraska offer at the spring game during his visit.

Zack Darlington picked up his Nebraska offer earlier this month.

Peyton Newell - This 4-star defensive lineman has been a fixture around Nebraska. He attended several games last season and he visited for both NU's select junior day and the inaugural Big Red Weekend last June.

Nebraska is one of the early favorites for Newell, who likes the idea of playing for two fiery coaches in position coach, Kaczenski, and head coach Bo Pelini. The Huskers will have to also push proximity as they are one of the few marquee programs within two hours of Hiawatha, Kan.

Newell isn't expected to make an early decision, but if the Huskers can emerge as the leader, he could decide by the start of the fall.

Jimmie Swain - Kansas City is an area of importance for Nebraska in 2013. The Huskers would like to lock up players like Swain, who plays in K.C. suburb Lee's Summit, Mo.

The talented linebacker has the right temperament to be a Husker. Swain's biggest desire is to find a program committed to winning and an academic institution that will allow him to be successful off the field.

Swain is planning on attending Nebraska's spring game, but doesn't plan to make a decision before checking out other schools.

Will Ulmer - One of the top athletes in the country, Ulmer said he's been hearing regularly from Nebraska. The Huskers are selling him on an opportunity at quarterback where he'd be able to use his 4.3 speed in a zone-read offense.

There are some concerns about Ulmer's throwing ability as he's been able to rely on his legs throughout high school. He's working this spring to alleviate those concerns. He also wants to make a trip out to Nebraska and meet with offensive coordinator Tim Beck, who has done a strong job in recruiting him.

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