OL NICK DEMIEN 6'6" 295 Wentzville (MO) Timberland
(Last name is pronounced duh-MEAN)
Nick is one of the most dominant offensive line prospects in the nation who will be playing for his homestate Tigers. He has been touted for his outstanding technique, footwork and aggressiveness by scouting services, and is someone who goes all out beyond the whistle. Demien is ranked as the nation's No. 5 offensive tackle by Scout.com. He recovered from an early-season knee injury in time to earn an invite to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, where he moved over to right tackle, after playing primarily left tackle in high school. His team won three straight conference and district championships, thanks to his efforts, which earned him 1st-Team All-State individual accolades as well as two-time 1st-Team All-Conference mention. He is also an outstanding prep wrestler who took 5th place in the state championship meet in 2007, after being a state qualifier in 2006.
His high school coach is Craig Collins. His mother is Leslee Demien, and his uncle David was a football letterman at Mizzou in 1975. Nick is interested in studying business/construction management at Missouri, and his hobbies include trap shooting and fishing. He chose Missouri over Oklahoma, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Florida State, Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa, Mississippi, UCLA, and Kansas, among others.
Missouri Assistant coach Cornell Ford was the primary recruiter on Nick Demien. He talked about the big lineman. "He was rated as the number one prospect in the state of Missouri this past year. He just turned 17. If you saw this young man walk into our locker room, you would not be able to tell the differnce between him and our other offensive linemen. He looks that good. He's huge. He's got great feet. He's very, very physical............... He's a great, great player, and we're really fortunate to get him. All he really ever wanted to be is a Missouri Tiger."
"He's got a real nasty streak."Craig Collins said. "He's a guy that leads by example, but he isn't afraid to mix it up if he has to. He gets out there, works harder than everybody else and plays hard to the whistle in everything he does, including in practice. That hard work is noticed by everybody on the team, and if it's not, then let's just say it's not fun to be the guy that has a 6-6, 300-pounder upset at you."
JP: I have been watching Nick play for three years and even as a sophomore he stood out with his athleticism and physical play, not to mention his size which he was already around 6'5" 275lbs.He has just continued to improve and get better. He has great quickness and speed for his size and uses it well on pulls and traps. Nick is very good at both pass and run blocking and gets down field to block very well on run plays.Great motor, stays with his block and finishes.It looks like he will get a shot at playing several positions along the line including possibly Center.
Greg: Nick Demien is big enough and strong enough to play right away. He's known as an outstanding run blocker, who's quick enough and athletic enough to play anywhere along the offensive line. Once he's on campus, he will probably be looked at as a center or at guard, in addition to being looked at as a tackle. I think it's likely that he'll see the field during the 2010 season.