2015 Husker profile: Michael Decker

Nebraska signee Michael Decker is a talented and likely under appreciated offensive lineman. But what type of impact will the true freshman have in 2015?

Michael Decker

Position: P

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4/285--pounds

High School: Omaha North HS (NE)

Year: True freshman


2014 review:
Anchoring the Vikings offensive line, Decker led Omaha North to a perfect 13-0 record, winning his second consecutive state title.

Decker recorded 42 combined pancake blocks between 2013 and 2014, earning back-to-back All-Nebraska state picks by the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star.

Decker was rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the state’s top player as the nation’s No. 7 center.

Omaha North averaged 310 yards per game on the ground, running behind the offensive lineman.


2015 preview:
Decker mostly played on the interior in 2014, but played offensive tackle during his high school career. It’s hard to imagine him being on the outside in college. While center is not a given, the interior is.

One of the best things about Decker is his competitiveness and his toughness. Michael really stands out in those areas. Watching his highlights -- especially on offense -- it's remarkable. He is explosive and so strong. He is literally coming off of the football and getting in his man and lifting guys up off of the ground and then landing on them. He works incredibly hard in the offseason. That being said, it’s very unlikely Decker will be able to work hard enough to make an impact this year.


BRR projection:

While it can sometimes be hard to project whether a guy plays center at the next level, Decker seems almost perfect for it. Decker obliterates the competition on the prep level. It was almost criminal at times the way he abused defensive linemen on the field. He has a nasty stream and likes to finish blocks off with a flair. He is quick off the line and that allows him to gain the upper hand with his positioning. Can get to the second and third levels to make blocks and is able to pull effectively. It’s likely going to take a couple years for him to develop into an offensive lineman ready for the Big Ten.


How he ended up in Lincoln:
Decker committed to Nebraska early in the process, picking the Huskers over Kansas State. While the 2015 signee was never shy about the recruiting process, he didn’t seek it out. Decker didn’t take part in many media interviews and wasn’t one to make noise on social media. The only other school he visited was Kansas State. “Ever since I committed that it was for me,” said Decker. “No trips, no camps; that was fine with me.”


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