LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has announced a 26-player recruiting class that analysts consider more talented the one he signed in 2012 and perhaps the best of the six he's assembled for the Cornhuskers.ESPN recruiting analyst Jeremy Crabtree says the Huskers are adding depth at linebacker and running back and have their quarterback of the future in Johnny Stanton of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
The Huskers on Wednesday signed 12 players on offense, 13 on defense and a long snapper.
Scout.com has the Huskers' class ranked 11th in the nation after listing Nebraska 50th a year ago. Rivals.com ranked Nebraska 17th and ESPN.com and 247sports.com each have the Huskers 23rd.
The Huskers are a consensus third in the Big Ten behind Ohio State and Michigan.
Meanwhile, running back Braylon Heard and defensive tackle Chase Rome have left the Nebraska football program.
Coach Bo Pelini announced the players' departures Wednesday at his signing-day news conference. Pelini said both players plan to transfer after finishing the spring semester at Nebraska.
Heard appeared in 12 games as a sophomore backup to Ameer Abdullah. He rushed 52 times for 348 yards and three touchdowns.
Rome started three of 11 games as a sophomore and made 19 tackles. Rome quit the team for a week in September, with Pelini saying at the time that Rome's "personal goals and personal perception of where he should be on this football team doesn't match the team goals."