High School: Baldwin HS (KS)
Year: True Freshman
Playing both offensive and defensive line, Gaylord was an anchor for an offensive line that racked up 2,900 rushing yards. On defense, he recorded 47 tackles and two sacks from the defensive tackle position.
Gaylord’s paly earned him All-Frontier League honors both on offense and defense.
Gaylord has a great frame that will easily be able to add some weight as he moves to college ball. What is great about him is that he doesn’t just depend on size to beat people.
Nebraska’s interior is definitely in a better spot than at offensive tackle, where the Huskers have struggled to recruit elite talent over the years. But, the combination of Alex Lewis, Givens Price, David Knevel, and Nick Gates should be enough to have Gaylord getting reps on the scout team in the fall.
BRR projection: He is probably one of the better offensive tackles Nebraska has taken in the last few years, and his future looks bright. Don’t look for a first-season impact though. There are five other tackles with at least some experience at the college level, but four of them graduate next season. It wouldn’t surprise to see Gaylord redshirt and then vie for a starting tackle spot as a redshirt freshman. He could definitely become a 3-4 year starter and has all-conference potential. – Matt Svoboda, Big Red Report contributor
How he ended up in Lincoln:
The Kansa prep held offers from Texas, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina State, and Oklahoma State. Gaylord visited Oklahoma early in the process, but Nebraska was his only official visit, and he was a frequent visitor in Lincoln during the fall. Even when Nebraska made a coaching change, Baldwin never waffled after committing nearly a year before his national signing day.