Rouse checks out Lincoln

The Huskers have had a chance to host a number of visitors over the first two weekends in Lincoln. This two-way lineman from Omaha (Nebr.) Benson was there for the home opener.

Omaha (Nebr.) Benson offensive lineman/defensive end, Shawn Rouse, got an invite to come see a game in Lincoln. The in-state prospect made his way there for the season opener.

"I was in Lincoln for the Florida Atlantic game," Rouse said. "That was my first time in Lincoln as an unofficial visitor. It was pretty cool.

"I saw the lower levels like the academic center and the weight room which I hadn't seen before. One of the best things was standing on the sideline watching them warm up in front of 90,000 fans."

The 6-foot-2 and 230-pound recruit plays on both sides of the ball. Right now he likes one side better than the other, but thinks that he could be better at the one that he doesn't necessarily like the most.

"I don't know for sure whether they like me as a defensive end or offensive lineman. I like defense better than offense, but I am probably a little better on offense.

"I'd say that pass blocking is my biggest strength and on defense it's probably squeezing down and gap responsibility. I could see myself playing on the offensive line at Nebraska."

The visit to Nebraska is likely the first of others to come. Those others aren't set up, but Rouse does have some options.

"I don't have any other visits set up right now," Rouse said. "I get letters from Wyoming, Missouri, South Dakota State and other schools asking me to visit for a game. I would be happy to go back to Lincoln for another Nebraska game."

Benson has started their season winning one and losing another. Rouse says that there is a strong core of senior leaders and as a high school they aren't known for their defense, but are strong on that side of the ball this year.

"We are 1-1. Our defense was there for the first game, but we fell apart in the second game. I think that we a solid team. We have a core group of seniors. Our defense hasn't ever been that great, but we could be this year."

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