Nebraska offers 2016 OL

Nebraska is looking down the road at the class of 2016 by extending an offer to this standout, junior offensive lineman. The Huskers would have had a chance to play host to the lineman if not for weather, but will get another chance for the spring game.

Bryan Brokop from New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln-Way West is a name that people need to start remembering. He's only a junior, but he's a 6-foot-5 and 273-pound junior who is holding his first D-I offer and it's from a Big Ten school.

"I got the offer from Nebraska last Friday after school," Brokop said. "I called Coach John Garrison and he offered. We have been talking the past four to five weeks.

"Our speed and training coach here at West played at Western Illinois and there is a guy at Nebraska that also played there. He pulled my film and sent it to him. They actually thought that I was signing this year."

Size and athleticism run in the family. Brokop said that he had two uncles that played college football -- one at Vanderbilt and another at Eastern Illinois -- his brother also has a full-ride offer for baseball at the moment.

Getting that first offer is always something. Brokop certainly wasn't expecting it, but was excited when he did and really likes the fact that it's from the Huskers. "When Coach Garrison told me that Nebraska was offering I was just like 'Wow!'. First offer and it's from Nebraska. It's really awesome."

The fact that Brokop is playing football is a little bit of a story in itself. As a freshman he wasn't playing football. In fact, he was doing golf. He was asked to join the football team and by the playoffs was taking reps with the varsity squad in practice.

"People don't know this but I didn't play football as a freshman. I was actually playing golf. I am decent too, shoot like a 41 on nine, but someone saw this 6-foot-4 and 260-pound kid on the golf team.

"So I went out for football about half-way through the season and because I didn't do two-a-days I couldn't join right away. At the end of the season I got pulled up to varsity and was taking reps with the first stringers, but didn't play in any games."

Watch Brokop's film and you will see what makes him special. For a big man, he moves incredibly well. He says that his biggest strength is pulling. "I would say that my biggest strength is probably pulling. I am really good at pulling because I am really quick."

Nebraska could have had a chance to host the junior-to-be already had there not been weather issues in Chicago. He's planning another trip to Lincoln though for their annual Red-White spring game.

"I am going to go to the spring game at Nebraska," Brokop said. "I was going to go there for their junior day, but all of the flights were canceled here because of weather."

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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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