“It opens up doors,” said Cavanaugh, who admitted it wasn’t always the case at previous stops. “I’m excited to be able to coach and recruit the caliber of player that’s interested in Nebraska. I have been to a lot of places where we have gotten the two-star guys, maybe a three-star guy.
”I have been waiting an opportunity like this for my whole life...I wake up every morning and can’t wait to get to work.”
Cavanaugh said he doesn’t know always what the term two-star or three-star means, saying there are plenty of examples of guys that have developed into great college players and went on to play Sundays. He’s got a few of them on his resume. Obviously player development hasn’t been a problem for the former Oregon State, Hawaii, and San Diego Chargers assistant.
“Recruiting here is a little different, because you are going after the national products,” said Cavanaugh. “You have a chance with players to get the best of the best. You look at the size of the kids and their athletic ability. Obviously those are things that stand out to us. It’s going to be fun.”
During his one session with the media in January, Cavanaugh was asked the type of offensive lineman he will be looking for on the recruiting trail.
“We want nasty tough guys who love football,” said the veteran coach. “I think you have to be a pretty good student. You have a lot on your plate as a offensive lineman. Then obviously the size. You want a good athletic sized guy, who’s tough and smart.”
Nebraska currently has two guards committed in the 2016 class in Valley high school (IA) product John Raridon and Lincoln-Way high school (IL) standout Bryan Brokop. Both are members of the Scout.com Top 300.
The search for a couple offensive tackles, especially after failing to land one late in the 2015 class, is still playing out and should be one of the more interesting storylines to cover in the class.
For a list of offensive tackles who are on the early radar, you can CLICK HERE.