They're fast, skilled, smart and versatile. And this year, they happen to live close to the two metro areas in Nebraska.
The World-Herald's annual Super Six showcase recognizes the top high school players in the newspaper's coverage area. Players are picked not only for their performances on the field, but also for the attention they've received from college programs.
This year's group — which includes four players who have already committed to BCS programs — might be the strongest collection of Super Six athletes since 2007, when former Huskers Baker Steinkuhler and Sean Fisher and former Notre Dame offensive lineman Trevor Robinson were among the six.
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The headliners of this year's bunch play in the trenches: Lincoln Southeast's D.J. Foster, a two-way lineman who will play guard in college, picked Nebraska over offers from Georgia and Florida, while Millard West defensive end Harrison Phillips, who had 11.5 sacks last year, picked Stanford over NU and Kansas State. Fast-riser Mick Stoltenberg out of Class B Gretna impressed Husker coaches so much at camp that he earned an offer as an offensive tackle or tight end. Stoltenberg also plays defensive end.
Two more play in the secondary: Lincoln Southeast's Luke Gifford, who committed to Nebraska last spring, is big enough for linebacker, but he plays safety for the Knights. He'll mix in some quarterback this year, too. At Omaha Burke, where the Super Six pictures were taken, cornerback Trey Carr is electric on both sides of the ball. He intercepted five passes on defense last year and caught 51 on offense for 843 yards and 13 touchdowns. For now, he's committed to South Dakota State, but he's hearing plenty from Iowa and Iowa State.
Finally, the quarterback of the 2013 Super Six — Omaha Creighton Prep's Easton Stick — doesn't have a BCS offer yet and is looking harder at North Dakota State and South Dakota State than he is at Akron. But Stick suspects Iowa — or even Nebraska — may come through with an offer later in the process. Stick, who threw for 2,057 yards last year, twice worked out for NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck.
“I think I surprised them with my arm,” Stick said.