JR OL favors Huskers

The in-state talent for Nebraska might be lacking a top guy or two, but the talent pool is deep. There are a number of players picking up interest from teams from around the country which makes things interesting. James Andersen from Omaha (Nebr.) Burke is one of those players fielding a lot of interest. But, if Nebraska were to offer the process would end abruptly according to him.

James Andersen is a 6-foot-4 and 300-pound offensive lineman from Omaha (Nebr.) Burke who doubles as a role player on the Burke basketball team. Burke recently had their basketball season come to an end just short of state.

"We lost in districts," Andersen said. "If we won we would have been in state. It was a district final for us. We have no chance for a wildcard either; we were less than a .500 team."

Before the loss on the basketball court though Andersen was in Lincoln last weekend. Andersen came away impressed with the visit and the facilities in Lincoln.

"I was at Nebraska last weekend for their junior day last weekend. The visit went well. The facilities are outstanding. Nebraska is a top notch program. All in all, I think that it was a good day."

One of the things that Andersen said he wanted to do was talk to his possible position coach a little more this weekend. Andersen got that chance and said that the conversation went well.

"I kind of wanted to talk to Barney Cotton a little more going into the weekend. That went kind of as expected. He talked to me personally. He came from Burke originally and we just talked in general."

There is little doubt in Andersen's mind what he would do if Nebraska offered. He says that if that offer showed up for him that he would more than likely immediately commit.

"If they offer my recruiting process would end pretty abruptly. I would probably commit right away if they offered. Nebraska is my dream school. If not it's not a disappointment."

Andersen said that the talk with Nebraska led him to believe that they like him either as a guard or a center. He says that there are some things about his game that separate him from other players.

"Nebraska was talking to me about playing the guard or the center spot. I play right guard right now. My footwork is really good and I think that separates me from other guys; that and my motor. It's hard to move me."

There isn't anything immediately scheduled for Andersen. However, he is looking at attending at least two camps and possibly a combine, but he isn't sure yet on that.

"I don't know about any more junior days. I haven't been invited to any other ones lately. I was invited to Iowa for a one day camp. I will also probably go to Nebraska's camp this summer. I might be attending the Nike Elite combine."

Andersen says that he is getting weekly letters from a Big 10 and a PAC10 team. He hasn't received any offers yet, but he's hoping that his first offer could come at any moment.

"I am getting weekly letters from Iowa and UCLA. I am getting some interest from South Dakota State and San Diego State. Of course I am getting interest from Nebraska. No offers yet, but hopefully they will be coming soon."

With basketball over Andersen will now get ready to play two other sports in the spring before taking some time this summer to do football camps. "I am doing track and lacrosse in the spring. I am a busy kid."

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