Walk-on Chronicles: Will Sailors

It was a decision that Will Sailors could have made a long time ago. There really wasn't anything that could touch the opportunity to walk-on at Nebraska. All it took was a phone call, the chance to visit and the chance to walk-on. Sailors didn't need to be told there was a timeline for his decision. He was ready on that phone call to walk on at Nebraska.

It was a decision that didn't take long to ponder for Will Sailors. The Nebraska staff was on the line stating that there was a spot in the walk-on class for him, but they would have to know by the end of the weekend if he wanted it.

"I made the decision to walk on about a month ago," Sailors said. "Coach Barney Cotton called me and told me that they wanted me to walk-on. He invited me to the preferred walk-on day.

"That was the day that he said they would like to have a decision back from all of the preferred walk-on candidates. I already knew that I wanted to do it right then so I told him that I was walking on."

There were no questions to Sailors about what he was going to do. He didn't need to compare, shop around or see another school. It has been his dream to play for Nebraska.

"It's definitely what I wanted to do. It was growing up in Nebraska and just watching the Huskers since I was a little kid. It has always been my dream to play for them.

"It's a big deal being from the same town where the school is. Knowing about the traditions. When you go to school there and you play football there people know it's a big deal."

Sailors had other opportunities though. He could have played at a handful of DII schools on their dime and had some other smaller schools that were also interested in him. Still, the opportunity to walk-on at Nebraska was too much to pass up.

"I had DII offers from Minnesota State, Nebraska-Omaha, Northwest Missouri State and Wayne State. I had a bunch of other smaller schools that were interested in me."

Sailors is being looked at to play along the interior of the offensive line and that will be a little different than what he's used to. Sailor played tackle in high school and knows the guys he'll be playing against will be bigger and stronger than he's played against on the outside.

"Nebraska is looking at me to play on the offensive line at either guard or center. I played right tackle in high school and I played defensive tackle. It'll be an adjustment moving inside because the guys will be a little bigger I will be playing against."

Sailors has a good frame at 6-foot-4.5 and 245-pounds. It's a frame that to play offensive line at Nebraska he will need to add some weight to. He's aware though, but he knows on an even playing field he can play at that level. He's done it already.

"I know that I need to add some weight before I see the field at Nebraska. I am weighing around 245 right now and the guys that they are recruiting are pretty darn big. I know that I can play with those guys.

"There is a player there now at Nebraska that I got to go up against in high school. Cole Pensick is a guy that I paired up with every day and I know from that I can play with those guys. It's just a matter of adjustment and adding size."

Sailors is spending his time right now in the weight room. He's working out and getting ready for Nebraska. He will be taking part in the bridge program in Lincoln and will enroll in summer classes.

"I am not playing any other sports. I am just lifting and getting ready to go to Nebraska. There is a bridge program that starts June 6th and that's classes and work outs. I want to be ready for that."

Sailors does have one last high school event to take part in. It's an honor in the state of Nebraska to play in the Shrine Game and he will do so later in June. Sailors adds that honor to some other top honors he earned his senior year.

"I am playing in the Shrine Bowl on June 4th. I was first team all-state in the Omaha World Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star. I was also voted all-conference and all-city as well."

Sailors has a major picked out already and carries a very solid GPA going into college. "I want to major in business. Right now I am carrying about a 3.3 GPA in high school."

Big Red Report Top Stories