Nebraska Signee Profile: Ben Stille national recruiting analyst Greg Powers talks defensive end Ben Stille - the only in-state player in Nebraska's 2016 class.

Ben Stille

Position: DE

Height: 6-foot-5 / Weight: 250-pounds

High school: Ashland-Greenwood high school (NE)

SENIOR HONORS: Lincoln Journal Star Super All-State team

SENIOR STATS: 75 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries on defense. Caught 26 passes for 415 yards and five touchdowns on offense. 

THE LOWDOWN: The only instate player in Nebraska’s 2016 class (mid-January), Stille picked up an offer from the Iowa Hawkeyes in early May. Two days later, the Huskers followed with a scholarship nod of their own.

Despite being from Nebraska, Stille took a little over a month to make a decision. The 2016 two-way standout wanted to establish a strong relationship with the Husker coaching staff and figure out the position he would be playing in college – tight end or defensive end.

Those interactions with the Nebraska staff played a strong role in his decision.

"Coach Riley is a great guy," Stille said. "He's very straight-forward. I enjoy being around him. Coach Hughes is very helpful, and he especially was at camp. He's straight-forward also, and wants you to get better. He's going to make you do it until you get it right."

WHY NEBRASKA: "I just decided that Nebraska was the best decision for me and my family moving forward," Stille said. "It was a decision that was best for all of us. I went into the visit thinking it was possible.”

WHO OFFERED HIM: Nebraska, Army, Iowa, Iowa State, Ohio, South Dakota State, Vanderbilt and Wyoming. ANALYSIS: “He's a superb blocker. It shows the deceptive strength he has that will come in handy on defense. Despite being quite the athlete, he does not possess that quick-twitch ability or elite edge rushing speed. He has to take a couple years in the strength and conditioning program to bulk up to play the strong-side defensive end spot. Timed sprints don't always translate to the field. It definitely does for Stille. He plays fast with a non-stop motor.” – Derek Young,


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