The Nebraska Football team is going to be getting some big news about one of its top potential recruits on Wednesday, February 1. This means National Signing day is going to be a busy one for those who want to check in and see who has signed national letters of intent with NU.

No word before Wednesday

On Monday morning, California defensive back Deommodore Lenoir hinted that he's going to be waiting until the last minute to announce which school he'll be going to. This isn't exactly a massive shock, but there is always hope recruits will remove some drama and some fretting from fans of Nebraska football and others by announcing before signing day.

Such was the case with tight end Kurt Rafdal, who said he would be signing with the Huskers on Sunday afternoon. As is usually the case, part of the moaning and groaning that is going to come with this announcement is that the recruit being on the West Coast means it may be hours before we hear anything. That's certainly well within Lenoir's rights, it's the kid's decision, but it doesn't play well with our need for instant gratification.

Who is the team to beat?

For Nebraska football fans, there may not be a need to get too worked up. Yes the Huskers are among the defensive back's top three, but most recruiting experts believe he's headed to Oregon. This shouldn't come as a surprise, since it feels as though the Cornhuskers have been doing battle with the Ducks for players like Deommodore Lenoir all season.

If you're looking for a sleeper, Mississippi State is a school that got in on the player relatively late in the process. UCLA is another school that is expected to make some noise.

It's not clear whether UCLA or Miss. State are really competitors along the lines of the Nebraska football team and Oregon, or whether they are more of an afterthought.

Of course, when we get this close to signing day, nothing is all that clear. The Huskers are likely on the outside looking in when it comes to this player, but they still have a shot. Pulling off a coup and bringing him to Lincoln would be a big boon to the recruiting class.

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