Walk-on Chronicles: Broderick Boehm

Walking-on at Nebraska seems to be able to trump some smaller offers when it comes up for some. It did just that for Broderick Boehm of Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast. At the time that Nebraska came into the school and made the offer he had a chance to get two scholarships. Once Nebraska said he could walk-on it was all over for those other two schools.

The scholarship linebacker class was light a recruit and the walk-on class will be trying to fill that hole. Broderick Boehm, a 5-foot-11 and 205-pound linebacker with 4.7 speed from Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast has made up his mind to walk-on at Nebraska.

"I decided a few weeks ago," Boehm said. "Coach Jeff Jamrog and Coach Barney Cotton came to my school and offered me to walk-on and I accepted. I went to their preferred walk-on weekend visit."

Boehm really burst on the scene with Nebraska this past summer at football camp. It was then that Boehm said the Huskers really took notice of him and started to recruit him heavily.

"I have been recruited by Nebraska since summer camp. I think that was the time that they really started to notice me. That was the summer before my senior year."

Walking-on was the opportunity that Boehm wanted. He looks at the walk-on program as a success story for kids that just want to go out there and outwork everyone else. He sees the success that he could have.

"It's a blessing to get this chance to play for Nebraska. Looking at all of the walk-ons before me that have contributed and played makes it very cool."

Up to Nebraska making the opportunity available to Boehm to walk-on he knew that there were going to be a couple of opportunities for a scholarship. When Nebraska offered though Boehm knew what he wanted to do.

"I was looking at Wayne State and Nebraska-Omaha. Those were the two schools that were recruiting me pretty hard. They were both going to offer, but once Nebraska called I knew where I wanted to be."

The Huskers are looking at Boehm as a linebacker. If there is one thing that will aid Boehm at Nebraska it's his motor. He's non-stop, every down.

"Nebraska is looking at me as a linebacker. I think that I am physical and I really love to hit. I hustle to the ball and I am always giving 100% effort on every down. I am always around the ball."

Being a player that will play on the defensive side of the ball at Nebraska there were some incentives about Nebraska. Boehm dreams about that Blackshirt and is also looking forward to playing for Bo Pelini.

"It played a big part into my decision to have Pelini as a head coach. He's had so much success on the defensive side of the ball at all of the schools where he's been. It's kind of a no-brainer to go to Nebraska to play for the best defensive-minded coach in the nation."

Boehm will likely be busy with track this spring. He will also be taking part in regular workouts to get him ready to start his collegiate career at Nebraska this summer.

"I am thinking about doing track. I have been thinking about that a lot and would probably do the shot put. I would also be lifting weights and working out to stay fit to enroll this summer."

The numbers on Boehm are excellent and what makes them better is the fact that he really missed over a third of all the games that Southeast played this year. Despite a knee injury Boehm still picked up some big honors.

"I think that I had over 90 tackles. I tore my lateral meniscus the fourth game of the year and missed four games this season out of eleven games. I averaged about 13 tackles a game. I was all-city, all-district and all-state honorable mention by the Lincoln Journal-Star."

Boehm will make his way to campus in the first part of June. He hasn't thought a lot about what he will study, but is thinking about going into criminal justice.

"I will be part of the bridge group or club and I think that will start on June 6th. I haven't thought about what I would major in too much, but I think that criminal justice would be pretty cool. I carry a 3.0 GPA."

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