York (Neb.) high school defensive lineman Masry Mapieu, a Scout 300 prospect for 2018, committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers over the summer.
Mapieu had a busy summer attending camps and working out in the weight room. He went to several camps, collecting offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Central Florida, UCLA, and Nebraska before choosing to commit to the Huskers. Outside of camps, Mapieu put in a lot of work to add more strength and improve his technique.
“He did a fantastic job with our conditioning, weight room, and individual technique work,” said York head coach Glen Snodgrass, who is also the strength and conditioning coach at York. “He put on a lot of good weight. A year ago, he weighed in at about 255 and just weighed in at 296 a couple weeks ago. Even with adding those 40 pounds, he’s running the same 40 times as he did a year ago, and his pro agility actually got better. He’s looking very good and is incredibly strong right now. He is going to smash all of our weight lifting records here (at York). He’s had a very good offseason.”
Mapieu is set to begin just his fourth season on the football field, and has continued to focus on improving his technique at defensive tackle. His coach says there is still room to improve, but that he has already improved a lot in the past year.
“He was a project and our defensive line coaches have worked with him a lot on his technique,” said Snodgrass. “He improved a lot throughout the season last year. He didn’t even start for us in week one, and every single game his technique continued to get better. By the final few games, against the two best teams in the state he played really well against some big time offensive linemen. If you look at where he is now compared to last November, it’s not even close. He is a completely technically more sound player than he was at the end of last season.”
While Mapieu is slated to play defensive tackle in college, he also picked up the offensive side of the ball this offseason. He will add to his duties on defense by starting at right tackle for the Dukes.
“He’s going to be a very good offensive lineman,” Snodgrass said. “Last year, the only offense he played was at the very end of the season when we needed him to play a little bit of fullback. So this is his first year really playing offense. He is doing a fantastic job, and is ready to go. His feet are really good and it’s really difficult for defensive linemen to get around him in the passing game.”
A deep run into the state playoffs is possible for this team, but the biggest goal is for the team to prepare well and play up to their ability week in and week out.
“We’ve got a pretty talented team this year,” said Snodgrass. “Our goal is to play the best we possibly can to reach our potential every week. We want to beat the teams we’re supposed to beat and compete the best we can against teams that maybe we’re not a favorite against. The kids set a goal to win our home games and win a district championship.”
Mapieu focuses on team goals while also continuing to work hard and set high goals for himself, both in the classroom and on the football field.
“Right now, I know he’s very focused on only our York football team,” said Snodgrass. “But he also has big goals as far as being a dominant college football player as well. So he’s really working hard to continue to improve his technique, getting good with his hands, and keeping his shoulders parallel to cover the two gaps we ask him to in our scheme.”
According to his coach, Mapieu has always been a hard worker and doesn’t want his recent college offers to change his approach.
“On the way back from one of the camps this summer when he got an offer, he came to me and told me that he definitely wants to stay humble. And he wants to make sure that all this attention doesn’t change who he is or change his approach or work ethic,” said Snodgrass.
While still receiving correspondence from all over the country (including from Alabama and Florida State), Mapieu remains set on Nebraska. He is excited about the opportunity to attend many Husker home games and will likely be visible on the sidelines many times this season.
“We talked before he made the commitment about what it means,” said Snodgrass. “As far as I know, he is 100 percent locked in to Nebraska right now.”
York district play begins October 7, and state playoffs begin October 28.