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Nebraska Grabs 4-Star 2014 Wideout Monte Harrison

Reese Strickland- USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska fans had more than just America’s independence to celebrate on July Fourth. That is because prized four-star wide receiver Monte Harrison verbally committed to the Cornhuskers Thursday.

Harrison, from Missouri, had plenty of interest from schools across the Big Ten and Big 12, including offers from Michigan StateKansas and Iowa, as well as his homestate Missouri Tigers.

The Cornhuskers have accumulated eleven verbal commitments from the 2014 class. Harrison is now the highest rated commit in the class, as the only four star so far.

It already appears that Harrison will likely have a significant role in his freshman year. Kenny Bell, Nebraska’s leading receiver from 2012 will graduate after next season, while the Cornhuskers have just one wide receiver in their incoming 2013 class. Although Nebraska is far from a potent passing attack as an offense, they will need a sure-handed high end receiver, like Bell has been.

Along with adding a skilled wideout, Bo Pelini was also able to make a move into new SEC country: Missouri. A huge reason that the SEC wanted Missouri to join their conference was because it opens up even more recruiting territory for the talent hungry southern conference. The state of Nebraska is not known for producing much talent, just five three-star recruits in 2014, so Pelini must steal talent from neighboring states if he hopes to keep Nebraska competitive.

When Nebraska and Missouri were both in the Big 12, this was easier. It will be important for Pelini to do well in Missouri, and Harrison helps a lot with that goal.

Happy Fourth of July, Nebraska, and meet Monte Harrison.

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