Scheelhaase gets ready for the Huskers

A former four-star quarterback, Nathan Scheelhaase was recruited by Nebraska in high school. This weekend, the Illinois starter will try to knock off the Huskers.

LINCOLN, Neb. - In 2008, Nebraska recruited Rockhurst high school (MO) quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. The Huskers eventually took Texas product Cody Green and California prospect Taylor Martinez, but always thought highly of the former four-star Missouri native, who eventually signed with Illinois and is now a four-year starter.

"We thought he was a really good player," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini on Monday. "When we recruited him, we thought he was a really good football player who could do a lot of things to help that would fit the style of offense we were moving toward. I think that's the way it's played out. He's a really good player."

Scheelhaase and Illinois will take on Nebraska on the road in both team's Big Ten opener this Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. The senior quarterback has led the Fighting Illini to a 3-1 record on the season and has thrown for 1162 yards and 12 touchdowns in just four games.

"I think he plays within their offense," said Pelini. "I think he understands where to go with the football and throwing game. Obviously he's capable of hurting you with his feet. He's a good football player. He can do a lot of different things well."

On Tuesday, Scheelhaase talked with the Illinois media about the matchup with Nebraska and his recruitment during high school.

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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