The Suddenly Revolving Door
Arrvials, Departures Dot the Class of 2011
The last few weeks an months have included significant arrivals and departures for Nebraska, all involving the Huskers' 2011 recruiting class. First, running back Aaron Green left for TCU. Last week offensive guard Ryan Klachko left the program as well. On the plus side, cornerback Charles Jackson - also part of the 2011 group - qualified and joined the team. He could contribute this year. Now, there is news of more roster changes for Nebraska. Cornerback Jonathan Rose is transferring to NU from Auburn. On the departure side, Tyler Moore - the projected starter at left tackle - left the team yesterday. The door remains open for him to return. Let's examine the impact of the two most recent roster changes.
Hoping Rose Blooms
Let's start with the more positive but less immediate topic - Jonathan Rose joining NU. The reason for Rose's departure from Auburn is very vague. That might create some pause for some fans. But, one thing is clear: Rose can play. He was a highly regarded prospect in the 2011 class. He was good enough to play in 9 games for Auburn last year. At 6'2'' and 185 pounds, he fits the mold of the bigger and physical corners that Pelini likes to have. He had a multitude of suitors when he was a high school prospect. And, Nebraska beat out Florida State for his pledge as a transfer. That says a lot about his value.
Rose has to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules. So, he won't contribute to the team this season. But that gives him time to get his mind straight, work out to get stronger and learn the NU defense.
If the Husker secondary was a stock, it would have a strong "buy" rating. The Huskers have a high-quality group of athletes competing for starting spots right now. Newcomers like Charles Jackson and Mohammed Seisay are significant talents who are capable of playing corner for any team in the country. Add Rose to the mix a year from now and things get exciting. New secondary coach Terry Joseph has drawn rave reviews from Pelini and is proving why he has a reputation as a good recruiter (his pre-existing relationship with Rose is what drew the player to NU). The future is bright in the backfield.
Door Open for Moore
Now, the bad news. Bo Pelini has confirmed that offensive tackle Tyler Moore has left the program - possibly temporarily - because of what he described as personal issues. (This feels like shades of Eric Crouch circa 1999 to some, I suspect). If the departure is permanent, that is quite a blow to the Husker offensive line.
Moore was one of the most highly regarded offensive tackles in the 2011 recruiting class. The kid could play anywhere. A year ago, he became the first player in NU history to start a season opener at offensive line. He was expected to be a major part of an impressive group of tackles on the Husker roster.
Nebraska has three other tackles capable of starting this year. Andrew Rodriquez, Brett Qvale and Jeremiah Sirles all have starting experience and are competing for time. So, the situation isn't dire. But, Moore was the most highly regarded of the bunch.
Husker fans can only hope that the revolving door swings once again, this time to welcome Moore back to the NU program.