Commit No. 8 loves to hit!

It's a tough process. Ask Dan Samuelson from Plymouth (Ind.) and he will tell you. Samuelson went from a Pitt commitment to a Nebraska commitment over the weekend. The process is incredibly stressful, but he knows after visiting Nebraska and meeting Coach Bo Pelini that Nebraska is the right choice for him.

Nebraska has received two commitments the past two weeks and both on the offensive side of the football. Dan Samuelson from Plymouth (Ind.) changed his commitment from Pittsburgh to Nebraska this weekend after a trip to see Lincoln.

"I was in Lincoln this weekend," Samuelson said. "I live in Big Ten country and Nebraska came around and offered me a week after coming to see me. My family and I decided we needed to go see what Nebraska had to offer."

Samuelson said that there were some qualities about Lincoln that reminded him of home. It's a big town, but not too big and not too small. He also loved what he saw on campus when it came to the facilities and the coaches.

"The visit was great. Lincoln is a small town, but a big town. The facilities were great and the stadium was awesome. All three of us, I was there with my mom and dad, and we loved the visit.

"They felt the same way about Lincoln as I did. They were very impressed with the town, with the coaches and just liked everything about it."

The recruiting process is tough and Samuelson was looking at a potentially very difficult decision of changing his commitment. He said that the topic of changing came up the first night he was in Lincoln, but he needed something to happen on Saturday before pulling the trigger.

"We were there Friday and Saturday and we talked about it on Friday night. I think then that I was considering changing. The only thing that I needed to make that decision final was meeting Coach Bo Pelini.

"I had a chance to talk to Coach Pelini on Saturday. I needed to make sure that I liked him as a head coach obviously. I need that assurance that he can be a leader and I know that he's been very successful, but I wanted to make sure I liked him and my parents liked him. They did and I committed right there."

While the happiness is there when talking about Nebraska you could also hear the guilt when Samuelson spoke about decommitting from Pitt. He hasn't spoken with the coaches yet at Pitt, but he knows that's a conversation that he has to have.

"I have actually not talked to them physically, but I sent them a letter to tell them about my decision to decommit and go to Nebraska. My coach spoke with the coaches at Pitt and I was told it was an O.K. conversation. I have yet to talk to them, but I know that I will."

The offense at Plymouth is heavily run-oriented. Samuelson says that the offense suits him just fine because he loves to run-block and get a chance to hit people. Nebraska is looking at Samuelson to play anywhere from guard to potentially tackle.

"Our team is very heavy on running the ball. We probably run the ball 90% of the time and I love to run block. I get off the ball quick and I can get to the linebackers too. I just love to hit people.

"Nebraska likes me probably as a guard, I am a little shorter than most of their other linemen, but they said that they were looking for someone a little shorter. They also said tackle potentially. When I was in Lincoln this weekend I was 6-foot-4.3 and 274-pounds."

There is a strong desire by Samuelson to get back to Lincoln this summer if at all possible. There is nothing planned though when it comes to trips, but as soon as his regional track meet and state meet are over he will be working out getting ready for his senior year.

"I would like to get back out there this summer, but nothing is set. We talked about setting up an official visit this fall. I didn't set anything up though.

"This summer I am going to be working with one our line coaches doing footwork, speed and pass-blocking. Of course I will be doing a lot of weight lifting. I love the three big lifts; bench press, squat and clean. I am working on overall strength."

Samuelson is commitment No. 8 for Nebraska and the first offensive lineman of the class. Samuelson is a three-star recruit and is rated as the No. 54 offensive tackle in the nation. Besides an offer from Pitt, Samuelson was also holding an offer from Illinois, Wake Forest and others.

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine.
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