Gaylord has a ton of potential

Nebraska has had a number of unofficial visitors in attendance the past two weeks including this standout junior. There isn't an offer yet, but his head coach said that Nebraska really became interested after a strong camp performance this summer.

Christian Gaylord is a name that people are going to hear a lot about over the next couple of years. The 6-foot-6 and 270-pound junior offensive lineman from Baldwin City (Kans.) Baldwin is a great offensive lineman now that continues to improve.

"It's super exciting," Head Coach Mike Berg said. "I have been in Baldwin since he was a baby. He's always been a head taller than the other kids his age.

"His feet kept getting quicker and quicker and he's kept growing. I have got to pinch myself sometimes to remind myself he's there. He will he a four year starter for me and really works hard. He lifted twice a day this summer."

At 6-foot-6 and 270-pounds at any level of high school football in just about any state you are going to have a size advantage. Coach Berg says that Gaylord doesn't rely on size alone in fact he plays with great pad level already.

"I think that his biggest strength is his leverage and the fact and he keeps his pads so low. He takes good power angles and he's a great athlete. He plays three sports. Along with football he plays basketball and does discus."

This summer Gaylord spent a lot of time lifting weights trying to add strength. It's paid off, but Coach Berg says that's still the area that needs improvement.

"He needs to get stronger. He has really long arms and along with that just comes not being naturally strong. He hasn't filled out yet, he's young. He went up 80 pounds on all of the major list per lift. That includes bench press, squat and power clean."

This summer Gaylord got out and hit the summer camps. He really made a name for himself and the camps have yielded one offer already as well as attention from some of the nation's best football programs.

"He went to camps this summer and get his name out there. He went to Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Arkansas and others. We are outside of Lawrence, Kans., basically the middle of nowhere, and he's getting looks from everyone now like LSU, Alabama and Notre Dame."

Gaylord was in Lincoln for Nebraska's season opener. Coach Berg mentioned that beyond that visit that he wasn't aware of any other recruiting trips this season because of Gaylord's desire to concentrate on his junior season.

"He went to the home opener for Nebraska the first weekend," Coach Berg said. "He doesn't have any other visit plans that I know of. He wants to dedicate himself to his team. There are 16 seniors and it's a very special team. He's not blowing off recruiting, but he wants to concentrate on his season."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 11 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 13 years.
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