During the months of April, May and June, Big Red Report constructed an offensive and defensive wish list for the Huskers.
During July we will be taking it a step further – focusing every couple days on a new position, not just one side of the football.
With roughly 18 scholarship seniors leaving the program after the 2016 season, Nebraska’s class will likely push to 21 or 22 in February. Of course it’s early and the number is usually always higher the closer National Signing Day gets.
Today we look at the offensive line. With two graduating seniors and multiple highly ranked prospects still considering Nebraska, don’t be surprised to see the Huskers take five lineman in 2016.
For this exercise, there are a few guys who likely won’t sniff Nebraska – they won’t visit, but they do have an offer. On these lists, we also list any prospect who was already are a commitment.*** This list is not an official wish list, but the feeling of Big Red Report ***
More than most recruits, Kings Mills high school (OH) offensive lineman Matt Sichterman was looking for the full college experience – great football and solid academics. With offers from schools in the Ivy League to the Big Ten, Sichterman thinks he found it in Nebraska.
“The football facilities were unbelievable and very nice. But it was nice to see all the academics they have to offer,” Sichterman told Scout.com’s Dave Berk. “The engineering building was big for me and the student athlete academic center was real impressive as was seeing that Nebraska has the most Academic All-Americans. So it was a good overall visit.”
Sictherman currently plays in a pro-set offense, so Nebraska he feels was a great fit for him. The true question is what position will he ultimately play? Depending on the recruiting service, he’s either ranked an offensive tackle or a guard. I have always liked plays with versatility and really I could the 265-pound prospect at either position.
The Texas prep picked the Huskers over 20+ offers after seeing Nebraska up close and personal during the Red-White game. Jaimes is a true offensive tackle, a position of great need for Nebraska after multiple recruiting classes. He comes from a program in Lake Travis that is used to winning.
“In a million years I didn’t think I would end up at Nebraska, but after they offered me I decided to take this visit,” said Jaimes. “It reminded me a lot of home and this is where I want to get my education and continue my football career.
“Honestly it was the atmosphere around campus and around the game. The coaches treated the players like a family. That was a big deal for me.”
A former in-state player, the IMG Academy (Florida) prospect is in a similar boat at Sichterman. He has been told he will be given a shot at offensive tackle, but looks more like a guard in future years.
“Bando is an aggressive kid that's on the lookout for contact until each play is whistled dead, but has to continue to get stronger to enhance his drive blocking skills in the run game,” said Scout.com Florida recruiting analyst Corey Bender. “Bando is also a decent athlete that gets out and reaches the second level with ease.”
While the soon to be senior had a nice offer list, you have to wonder how much his past ties to the state played a factor in him earning an offer at this point? The 2017 prep has long term potential, but will need to grow quite a bit in his frame.
Landing Vera-Tucker would be a huge get for Nebraska, considering the quality of player and the need for another offensive tackle. The Cali prep already visited Nebraska and has a solid offer list of 20+ schools. After seeing Nebraska offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh’s gets the last few years, we won’t put anything past him. Right now Nebraska is in a good spot with the soon to be senior.
The four-star offensive lineman said recently to Scout.com that Nebraska and Michigan were picking up their contact and were recruiting him the hardest. Banks is one of the top projected interior line prospects in Northern California, but is also being recruited as an offensive tackle. He would like to narrow to a top ten by the end of summer and then take official visits. Look for the Huskers to snag one.
This relationship with Mike Cavanaugh goes back a long time, and while he has definitely mentioned Nebraska prior, I never felt it was enough to get an official visit. After listening to his interview during the Opening, I think they have a shot of landing one. Then you never know. Getting kids on campus is always the hard part. Nebraska is in his top five, but the problem is the top three are out there pretty far.
The four-star offensive lineman recently got an offer from Nebraska and at the time said he was excited to learn more about the program. A member of the top 300, Zabi has an extremely high ceiling.
The Washington prep has an offer from Nebraska, but the Huskers haven’t appeared to make a lot of traction. Out of all the prospects we listed, Bainivalu appears to be biggest reach.
The brother of Nebraska offensive lineman Matt Farniok, the 2018 prospect picked up an offer from the Huskers in December of last year. Around the same time Iowa offered, making some think the two programs were just trying to lure the All-American to their program. That being said, the younger Farniok has room to grow, but has the potential to be a power-five offensive lineman. It helps three of his brothers were also D-1 talents.