It’s been just a little over two months since Ashland-Greenwood (Neb.) high school prep Ben Stille committed to Nebraska and the senior says life hasn’t really changed.
“Not a whole lot. People in the community congratulate you, but not a ton elsewise,” said Stille. “I go down to practices and talk to the coaching staff a lot more, but that is about it.”
Stille says his offseason consisted mostly of work in the weight room. Getting bigger, not only for the next level, but to have a strong senior season was the goal. Right now, the 6-foot-5 prospect is weighing in at 235-pounds, but not trying to lose any of his 4.7 speed. In addition to lifting, Stille worked various speed and agility drills.
Stille’s position was in question when he initially received his offer from Nebraska, but a Friday Night Lights camp quickly cleared it up.
“I’m definitely going to start out at defensive end, but whatever is needed. If I’m needed on the other side of the ball to help the team more – I’m willing to transition,” said Stille. “But for now I’m definitely a defensive end.”
Like many commitments, Stille is a recruitnik and follows the Huskers efforts in the 2016 class closely.
“I’m trying to establish relationships before we get down there,” said Stille. “When guys get offered, I usually talk to them and see when they are going to come in town. I want to meet up with them on the sidelines.”
Scout.com also had the in-state product weigh in on the potential scenario where two Nebraska preps leave the state for other power five programs with a Husker offer.
“To me, growing up in-state, they definitely had an advantage,” said Stille. “It’s a process. You definitely would feel pressured and bias to the in state. But it also takes guts to look elsewhere with the criticism you are going to get. They are doing what’s best for them. I hope they have successful careers wherever they go.”
Stille says he has no personal goals in 2015 – only team goals.
“Whatever I can do to help my team win a state title – that’s the goal,” said Stille. “We have a solid foundation coming back to build upon.”