Huskers will host Pickard in July

Nebraska will get a chance to host one of their top remaining choices for the defensive end position. This jumbo athlete plays tackle for his high school and could also play tight end at the next level possibly.

Jake Pickard from Millburn (N.J.) says that he and his team have been working out for a month now. The 6-foot-6 and 230+-pound tight end/defensive end says that it's a weight lifting session followed by a training session for most of his teammates.

"We are practicing already," Pickard said. "We started back on June 9th doing training. We would come in and lift and then go out and train. Players playing another sport would just lift and then go practice with their team."

Pickard has made some trips already and he has at least two more planned for the month of July. He has a couple of other trips he might take and there is also a return visit that he might make before fall camp opens up.

"I know that I am going to Nebraska and Oregon in July for sure. We are still talking about the dates for the trips. I might be going to Wisconsin and possibly to Alabama. I might also go back to Ohio State."

Pickard is trying to add some size and is working on his hands this summer. Pickard is rated as a tight end, but didn't play the position last year. He had to move to tackle out of necessity and was the ultimate team player.

"I am definitely working on adding some weight and on my hands. I kept my quickness and agility after playing tackle last year. I started last season at 215-pounds and I am up to 232-pounds.

"All of my life I have been a defensive end or a tight end. Then, six days before the start of the season, we had some players quit. My coaches thought I had the aggressiveness to play tackle. I had to step up and help the team."

The Huskers have targeted Pickard as a defensive end. However, the tight ends coach for Nebraska said that he likes his film as a tackle, but it would come down to how well he could catch the ball if he could be a tight end recruit for the Huskers.

"Nebraska definitely likes me more on defense," Pickard said. "Coach Rick Kaczenski is the coach that is recruiting me for Nebraska. I have spoken with Coach Bo Pelini and he really likes my defensive film.

"The Nebraska tight end coach likes my film, but there isn't any film on me as a tight end. They would like to see how I play the position some more and how well I can catch the ball before they would do both defensive end or tight end."


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