Bursting on scene

There is something to be said about the Nebraska in-state talent this year and that it's a deep group of players. In fact, five players in the state have DI offers including this DE from Gretna.

Mick Stoltenberg from Gretna (Nebr.) is going to be a name to keep an eye on. The 6-foot-4.5 and 250-pound defensive end is making some trips and will head over to see this Big Ten school this weekend possibly.

"Iowa invited me to their spring game this weekend," Stoltenberg said. "We are still deciding if we will go to that. There are no conflicts though for us to make the visit."

The evaluation period has been steady, but things will likely pick up for Stoltenberg. He has heard from some schools that are coming to visit him soon.

"The only coaches I have heard from are from Tulsa, Ohio, Iowa, South Dakota State and Turner Gill from Liberty is going to come and visit me. I picked up an offer from Tulsa this past week.

"Just last night I heard from Nebraska. Barney Cotton from Nebraska got a hold of me over Facebook. He said that he was coming to visit my school. Up to there though I hadn't heard from them."

Admittedly Stoltenberg knows that his name is new on the recruiting radar. He thinks that a recent camp performance and his first DI offer should lead to some additional attention.

"I was definitely flying under the radar," Stoltenberg admits. "I had a good camp performance and I get that first DI offer puts me on the map. That is getting some things rolling."

Watch Stoltenberg's film and you will see a long, rangy DE that can really pursue from the backside. You also see a dependency on the bull rush which he admits he needed to develop his hands in the off-season.

"I think that I have really improved my hands in the off-season and I think that you can see in my film that I just bull rush a lot. I have been working on that a lot for the next season.

"I have been doing a lot of strength training and trying to gain weight. One thing that I want to work on a lot is my lateral quickness. I have heard that I have good straight-line speed, but my lateral quickness can improve and unlock my hips."

Stoltenberg is not afraid of leaving the area to go to school. He says that he is looking for the right fit and one of the keys for his college decision will center around academics.

"One thing that is definitely important to me is academics. I don't have a major picked out, but once I do I do want the school to match what I want to do academically."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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