Nailing down the radius – TE

Fully entrenched into the spring evaluation period, we will take a look at the players that Nebraska has offered and is considering in the 500-mile radius of Lincoln.

TIGHT END

Jared Bubak, TE, 6’4”/240, Lincoln (Nebr.) Christian - Bubak was the first member of the class of 2016. The hometown kid received an offer from Bo Pelini following his performance last summer in camp and committed last fall before a game. Bubak has picked up other offers. He has great athleticism for his size, but really not a lot of time at the tight end position. Bubak figures more to be an H, U, some large X and really needs to grow into being a true Y. Bubak took a trip to Arizona State and picked up an offer from the Sun Devils. I think that it will be tough to sway Bubak to leave the state, but the door is open and he has at least peered outside.

Jack Stoll, TE, 6’5”/225, Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit -Stoll took the trip east to Lincoln for the Nebraska spring game and came away with an offer. The Nebraska offer comes just days after picking one up from Texas. Stoll is a prospect that is really on the rise and it appears that even after the trip to Texas that this is a bit of a dead heat between the Horns and Huskers. Give Nebraska the edge here. Stoll revealed privately following the spring game at Nebraska that’s he’s always ‘loved’ Nebraska. I think that in the end the Huskers get their second tight end of the class out of the state of Colorado after grabbing that state’s top two defensive backs last year.

Just outside the radius one of the best tight ends in the nation is in Perry (Ohio). Luke Farrell picked up an offer from Nebraska in late February. This one looked like an incredibly difficult pull considering Farrell’s offer list includes Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State and others. Let me throw another out there. If Nebraska missed on Stoll or Bubak decided to change his commitment then a player like Ben Stille from Ashland (Nebr.) Ashland-Greenwood could come into play.

Stille, a two-way player, has good side (6’5”/225) and knows how to use his size to his advantage as a receiver. He’s raw, but definitely shows good potential. Ohio, South Dakota State and Wyoming have all offered and Stille was planning on getting to Lincoln this summer for camp. There is also Nick Lenners from Lincoln (Nebr.) Southwest who committed to Kansas State back in February. It didn’t appear that Lenners was going to get an offer from the old staff and never really allowed for the process to get going with the new staff. It’s unlikely though that the Huskers would try and enter the picture now and even if they did would it have an impact? There are some good options in the radius for the Huskers this year. It’s a matter of keeping what you have in Bubak and trying to get the best in the radius to understand the need of multiple players and pushing early playing time as a key factor to choose Nebraska with Stoll.


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