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 senior currently plays in a pro-set offense, so he feels Nebraska is a great fit. 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.
“Football wise one of the biggest things about Nebraska is the history and tradition of the Huskers program,” he told Scout.com's Dave Berk. “Coach Cavanaugh has been at Oregon State and Hawaii and worked in the NFL. So he’s shown he’s able to develop guys and help them reach the NFL.
“The pro-style offense is one that I feel I fit well in. However, in the end, it was about Coach Riley and Coach Cavanaugh as they are two guys I could see myself playing for."
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. Austin (Texas) Lake Travis offensive tackle Brenden Jaimes was a player that impressed Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Powers recently when scouting Lake Travis.
“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.”
Currently the 6-foot-5 prospect is weighing in at 270. The staff has laid out what they would like to see from the senior over the next few months.
“They have told me that I’m going to most likely get redshirted,” said Jaimes. “I think that is best. But knock on wood, if injuries do occur, I will step up if needed. I’m all about doing anything for the team.
“They want me at 280 to 285 before I get up there, so that is going to be the goal the next few months. If I can get there and then add some in the summer, I think I will be ready body wise to contribute right away.”
A recent addition to the Scout.com Top 300, Jaimes was upgraded to a four-star prospect after a strong senior season. With the increased notoriety and strong play, other teams jumped into the mix. The list included TCU, with Texas all but offering.
“I’m 100 percent committed, but when teams started rolling in, I had long talks with my dad about it,” admits Jaimes. “Nebraska was always going to have a special place in my heart. Coach Cav gave me a chance to play at a major school. But I did reevaluate my recruiting process.
“I had to think about not only me, but my family. But in the long run, what was best for me was to take the recruiting process like a selfish deal. It wasn’t my parent’s decision. It was my decision and I needed to do what was best for me – not only football wise but academic wise. Nebraska would not only give me a good football career, but a great career after football."
A former in-state player, IMG Academy (Florida) prospect Broc Bando 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.
Lincoln (Nebraska) East offensive lineman Chris Walker was a late pickup for the Huskers in mid-January. The athletic offensive tackle flipped on his Wyoming commitment, choosing to stay home.
“He was really sold on Wyoming,” said Lincoln East head coach John Ginery. “He liked Coach Bohl and the program. I think he was genuinely interested in their program.”
“For a lot of kids to be part of that Nebraska tradition, history and program. It’s alluring to lots of kids in the back of their mind.”
When comparing Walker’s 2015 to 2016 HUDL, it’s easy to see the improvement. His strength, size and speed all made a jump.
“He proved he’s pretty special,” said Ginery. “He spent a ton of time in the weight room. He really had a boost in confidence. He saw he could dominate on the field. We knew he could get to the edge and turn the corner. It usually meant another block downfield.”
Walker finished with 60 pancakes in 2016 according to Ginery.