Looking at the offensive line

There are three offensive line commitments in the class of 2014 for Nebraska. How many may join them and who might it be?


There aren't many positions that in the class of 2014 will be more enjoyable to see how Nebraska fills them than the offensive line. The Huskers already have three commitments, including a solid pair of offensive guards, but it's clear that Nebraska is looking for more.

Who's in:
D.J. Foster, OG, 6-foot-3 and 314-pounds, Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast
Foster was a must-get for Nebraska. The No. 1 player in the state of Nebraska had some big offers to consider. Nebraska was the first to offer Foster, but teams like Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Vanderbilt, UCLA and others. Foster has a mean streak and can really finish. What I really like about Foster are his feet. He's a great athlete for his size and the Huskers needs some young, promising players coming through the program in the interior portion of the offensive line.

Tanner Farmer, OG, 6-foot-3 and 290-pounds, Highland (Ill.)
Nebraska picked up seven commitments in eight days from the start of the kicking camps to the conclusion of Big Red Weekend. Farmer was the second one of that group to jump in during that span and really sparked the entire week. Farmer has a strong wrestling background which means he understands leverage and has great core strength and balance. The wrestling background weighs heavily into either the offensive or defensive line. Farmer, along with Foster, provide Nebraska a great one-two punch in the class of 2014 on the interior of the offensive line.

Mick Stoltenberg, OT, 6-foot-5 and 265-pounds, Gretna (Nebr.)
As the spring progressed a name that started to emerge was Stoltenberg. A long frame with good athleticism, Stoltenberg worked out this summer in Lincoln at a number of positions for the Nebraska summer camp. As a result of the workout the Huskers offered and Stoltenberg committed shortly after. It's not a 100% certainty that Stoltenberg will play on the offensive line. He needs to add some size to his frame and he may be a guy that ends up there and in the interim plays a lot like Ben Cotton at tight end and act basically as a third tackle on the field. Right now Stoltenberg is just trying to get healthy after suffering a knee injury that shortened his senior year. It will be interesting to see how Mick's career plays out and which position(s) he might play.

Who could join them
Nick Gates, OT, 6-foot-5 and 270-pounds, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Gates is a name that Nebraska fans are familiar with since June. The standout lineman was in Lincoln for summer camp and Big Red Weekend. He returned in the fall for an official visit and Nebraska is still giving chase to the versatile lineman that they said on his official visit could play every position on the line. That increases the chances for Gates that the Husker staff could put him in a position to play early based on a team need. Gates has taken official visits to three of his top four schools. There doesn't seem to be any other trips set up at the moment and Nebraska is trying to end their drought of recruiting Bishop Gorman players.

Denzel Ward, 6-foot-8 and 290-pounds, Chicago (Ill.) Simeon Vocational
Ward is a new offer by Nebraska, but the interest from the Huskers is not. Ward has changed his commitment from Michigan to Purdue to currently not being committed to anyone. Give credit where it's due with Coach John Garrison staying in contact with Ward over the past couple months. You see the height and you worry about being a waist bender which Ward is not. Ward shows good technique and an ability to dominate the man across from him either in the passing game or the run game. Nebraska could use some help with a true tackle in the class and a player like Ward next to David Knevel last year could make for a great tandem coming through the program.

Kolton Miller, 6-foot-8 and 280-pounds, Roseville (Calif.)
The longest of long shots remaining on Nebraska's board of offensive line recruits is Miller. Miller is a player that has rocketed up the recruiting rankings boards and expect him to get another bump in the rankings that are yet to come. Miller isn't sure if Nebraska will get an official visit, but Coach Garrison and Nebraska are definitely trying to get into the picture. Miller plays both tackle spots for Roseville and is solid in the run or the pass game.

Nebraska loses five scholarship seniors from the offensive line and you could see Nebraska taking at least one more offensive lineman in this class. When the flexibility of the class comes into play though I couldn't see Nebraska turning away any of the three remaining targets if any of them wanted in.

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 12 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 14 years.
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