For the second time, Bettendorf high school (Iowa) offensive tackle Mark Kallenberger headed to Lincoln to check out Nebraska. The 2017 prospect currently holds offers from the Huskers, Iowa, Iowa State, Colorado State and Kansas State.
Kallenberger has previously visited during Nebraska’s matchup with Iowa in late November. A visit during junior day allowed the Iowa prep to see a little more this time around.
“For the game day visit, it was really all about the stadium and the trophies. I also got to see Coach Cav’s office a little bit,” said Kalleneberger. “But yesterday I got to see all the facilities and their sports science building. I got to go into the weight room and see the plans they have for each player. I also got to see the academic center they have and the life skills area. I saw a lot more this time around."
The junior also got a chance to talk with the head man himself after practice.
“After the Iowa game, Coach Cav and I talked for about 20 minutes or so, but I got to talk to him a little longer this time,” said Kallenberger. “I also got a chance to talk with Coach Riley and his wife, with my mom and dad in the room. That was nice, because I hadn’t really gotten a face-to-face talk with him yet.
“Coach Cav and Coach Riley really want me there, but the one thing they said they wouldn’t do is pressure me. Coach Riley said that if he was a player, he wouldn’t like it.”
So what is the Huskers’ pitch?
“Coach Riley has said, ‘‘Nebraska is a great school and we really want you here, but it’s your choice and we want to see yourself at the school you want to be at.’ I definitely feel like I could fit in there.”
Kallenberger says he doesn’t have a timeline at the moment, but hopes to have a decision by at least midway through the season.
“I’m not one to draw it out until National Signing Day,” said Kallenberger. “The biggest thing is if I can see myself graduating from that school. Coaches have to do a little bit with it, but if the coaches are genuine, then can I see myself graduating in four years?
“I know Coach Riley and the rest of the coaches are going to do whatever they can to get back to those teams that won National Championships. That interests me.”