Nebraska’s 2018 roster, broken down by position and class eligibility. Numbers on the left column show the totals of scholarship players and the total players at the position. Along the bottom and on the left column, the “Schol./Total” gives you a list by each year of the numbers of scholarship players in comparison to the 85-scholarship limit. The “Avg. Rec. Comp.” is an average of the recruiting composite rankings from 247 Sports. The roster total gives you a list by each year of the total number of players. The cumulative row adds the number of players in that class and all the earlier classes.
Players who have used a redshirt year are marked with an *. Walk-ons are in italics. Players in this year’s recruiting class are listed in bold. Former walk-ons who have been given a scholarship are marked as (FWO). Transfers are listed in blue. Transfers who are pending NCAA decision on waiving the year loss of eligibility are marked with a ^. Junior college signees are listed in orange.
The “Avg. Rec. Comp.” numbers are described by 247 Sports as follows:
110 – 101 = Franchise Player. One of the best players to come along in years, if not decades. Odds of having a player in this category every year is slim. This prospect has “can’t miss” talent.
100 – 98 = Five-star prospect. One of the top 30 players in the nation. This player has excellent pro-potential and should emerge as one of the best in the country before the end of his career. There will be 32 prospects ranked in this range in every football class to mirror the first round of the NFL Draft.
97 – 90 = Four-star prospect. One of the top 300 players in the nation. This prospect will be an impact-player for his college team. He is an All-American candidate who is projected to play professionally.
89 – 80 = Three-star prospect. One of the top 10% players in the nation. This player will develop into a reliable starter for his college team and is among the best players in his region of the country. Many three-stars have significant pro potential.
79 – below = Two-star prospect. This player makes up the bulk of Division I rosters. He may have little pro-potential, but is likely to become a role player for his respective school.
Chart based on scholarship distribution chart from the Omaha World-Herald.