Breaking Down: Dan Samuelson

It's one thing to get comments from the player, but it's another to go to the experts or the analysts that watch the film of the players, evaluate and rate the players in comparison to others. Midwest recruiting manager, Allen Trieu, talks about Dan Samuelson and his recent commitment to Nebraska.

The name Dan Samuelson is one that Nebraska fans didn't know 24 hours ago to now see on the commitment list. Samuelson, a three-star offensive tackle from Plymouth (Ind.), decommitted from Pitt and committed to Nebraska over the weekend and Midwest recruiting manager Allen Trieu can fill in some of the blanks in-between for Nebraska fans.

"He's a guy that we have really liked," Trieu said. "He's going to move up our rankings coming up here. He plays at a small school that is a little bit in the middle of nowhere. It took some schools some time to find out about him.

"I think that one of the major areas of concern that was holding schools back from offering was level of competition. As far as physically, he has the goods. He's 6-foot-5 and 280-pounds. He's a strong kid. He finishes his blocks. He's technically sound. He could be either a guard or a tackle at the next level so there is some versatility.

"I think the fact that Pittsburgh had offered and got a commitment out of him says a lot about him. That staff was at Wisconsin and when they were they were plucking lineman out of the middle of the country and turning them into first and second round NFL draft picks. I think that is a huge endorsement as well."

If you look at a map you will see what Allen is saying about Plymouth being a little bit in the middle of nowhere. Plymouth is 70-miles west of Fort Wayne and around 120-miles north of Indianapolis. Schools need to do some homework before just walking into some of the schools around this area.

"I think that they were doing their homework. I think that some teams comb that area. Teams like Pitt, Illinois and Wake Forest do recruit the northern part of Indiana unlike some schools that forget about that northern area and stay more around Indianapolis.

"You can see what I am talking about based on the unusual offer list that he had accumulated being a kid from Indiana. I know what his own coach and what colleges were saying about him and that was that he is a diamond in the rough and obviously Nebraska feels the same way."

The Nebraska offense is somewhat searching for an identity. Maybe more that an identity they are a unit that might need to just get a little more physical in the trenches and dominant at the point of attack. Trieu thinks that Samuelson could be a player that could upgrade toughness along the line immediately.

"Absolutely he could bring with him toughness and a blue-collar work ethic. He really has the mental makeup of an offensive lineman. He's a hard worker and a tough kid. He is a grind it out and get the job done kind of player.

"Samuelson is not going to go to any combines and put up ridiculous numbers. He's not going to have that stellar 40-time or shuttle time, but he's the kind of player that you win with especially in the Big Ten. He's the type of player that schools like Wisconsin and Iowa have ridden to the top of the conference with a power running game.

"When it comes to Nebraska's situation and an offense that is looking still for an identity or toughness it's good to have a player like Samuelson on the team. I think that he could play tackle in some schemes and I think that he could go to guard in a little more of a spreaded-out look. He's a smart kid and no doubt he will be able to learn whatever position they throw at him in college."

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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