The Nebraska assistant coaches are on the road and one of the first stops they made on Thursday was in the Chicago area.
Scout.com Top 300 prospect Bryan Brokop committed to Nebraska last September, but it was to the previous staff. The offensive lineman has kept his commitment to the Huskers and Nebraska offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh wanted Brokop to know how they felt about him.”
“They said he’s a top priority. Coach Cavanaugh took a private plane to get out here and see two kids,” said Lincoln-Way West head coach Dave Ernst, when asked about the junior getting a day one visit. “He said they are taking five and Bryan is one of them.
“He’s getting to know them. He had been to Nebraska five or six times with the old staff. With the new staff, I think he’s been there once. He’s getting to know Coach Cavanaugh - he really likes him. Bryan has been texting back with a couple guys on the team and they seem to really like Coach Cavanaugh as well.”
While recruiting seems to never stop, a coaching change can bring new teams into the mix. Schools haven’t backed off the four-star talent.
“He’s still Nebraska,” said Ernst. “He’s gotten some other offers - Arizona State and Auburn recently. He was on vacation in Arizona with his family on vacation and went to the school because he was down there visiting relatives. He went to the campus recently, but it wasn’t like a visit or anything. But he really likes Nebraska.”
Ernst described Brokop’s game on the field.
“He’s tough. He doesn’t feel pain. He can fight through. He’s broken his hand, broke his thumb, he’s done a lot and doesn’t miss a play. He doesn’t miss a rep in practice. He’s definitely a tough kid,” said Ernst, who said Brokop is currently 6-foot-4, 276-pounds.
“I don’t mean this in a bad way, because he’s a great kid, but he’s a thug on the field. He’s physical and violent. He gets after people…he just needs to keep getting stronger, keep getting quicker, and keep improving his flexibility. Those are the biggest things.”
Brokop is currently the nation’s No. 12 offensive lineman and the best guard in the state of Illinois. He ranks No. 210 overall, regardless of position, by Scout.com.