The great thing about each session of Summer camp is that each one promises something entirely different than the other. This second Summer session for NU lived up to that, the theme changing from speed, speed and more speed to size, size and more size. It was the day of the "bigguns" as they came out in droves for Nebraska's Summer Camp part deux.
It's not like the first session of Summer camp at the University of Nebraska was void of those big angry types. But, the biggest player I talked to during that first session was 6'3" and 321 lbs. Yeah, that's big, but that was about to be dwarfed, multiple times.
This was when the "bigguns came out - Orion Matthies of Overton high school, Zach Potter of Creighton Prep and an unknown, but certainly not unsung, Jared Elliot out of Notrona County in Casper Wyoming. None of the aforementioned trio stood less than 6'6".
Orion Matties, probably the best in-state lineman this year
impressed early and often during this first salvo of session number two. So much
so, that he was pulled aside and ran through some individual drills against the
OL, Orion Matthies showed
to be the creme of the crop for the
linemen in attendance during the
first day of the second Summer
session at NU. Now, all he needs is
is an offer from Nebraska.
Matthies was a warrior down in the trenches, easily the most physical and Orion plays with a definite mean streak. Good feet, good hands and tenacity compliments what will be a force for Overton high school this year.
Now, the question is, does Matthies get an offer? After watching Matthies today, I would see it hard for Nebraska not to offer him shortly after this camp session has concluded. And, if that's the case, does Matthies commit? "No, I'd still need some time to think about it." Orion said. "I'm hoping they offer, but I don't know that I would be ready to make any decisions anytime soon."
Bill Callahan coach Zach Potter
some brief offensive line drills. Zach
worked out at both the OL position
There is one player
that would make a decision though and that's 6'6" 300
One of the surprises on the
was lineman, Jared Elliot of Casper,
Wyoming. The 6'6" 300 lbs. lineman
showed remarkably good feet and
even worked in some individual drills
following the first full day of practices.
And wouldn't you know it, the coaches pulled him aside to work out with both Matthies and Potter. In one-on-ones, Elliot's one real weakness came out in that he's not overly good with his hands. Considering how good his feet were, I will attribute that more to coaching and the fact that like many his size, Elliot just doesn't see any players that can physically match up. If not for Elliot's 40 time (5.8), I would think that he would be a shoe-in for an offer, but not even a dreadful start in that test can take him totally off the map. I think Elliot is going to be one that bears watching in the future.
While big was "in",
there's one player that found himself grabbing a little of
McDonough's, A.J. Wallace
just about every bit of versatility that
you would want in an athlete. Fast,
agile, quick, Wallace exhibited the
whole package. And, he's just a
junior-to-be. Nebraska is looking at
him to play either WR or DB.
TE, David Harvey also could be on the radar for the
Teammate of A.J. Wallace, TE,
David Henry could be a possible
target for NU. The 6'4" 230 lbs. TE
will have to improve his speed, but
if he does that, Harvey will be one
One more "biggun" hit the map today as Junior-to-be, D.J. Jones from Omaha Central showed a little of why he'll be one to watch. The 6'6" 300 pounder is a mountain of strength with pretty good feet and decent hands. The only downside I saw in D.J. today was his competition. Never facing anyone even remotely close to his size, Jones wasn't overly energetic in the one-on-one drills. It will be interesting to see him when the 7 on 7 starts tomorrow.
Oh and speaking of the youth movement, how about a 6'4" 275 lbs. Sophomore to be? That's Cody Cooke from Enid, Oklahoma and he's already getting letters from Colorado State, Colorado, Wyoming and Washington State. Remember that name folks, because it looks like many are already well aware of him.
Yep, it was the day for the big guys, muscle and girth defining the afternoon. Though the first session at Nebraska wasn't void of these trench-titans, but compared to this round, it was pale my comparison. It's not how you start though, it's how you finish and we'll keep an eye on these standouts to see just how they do and of course, see if we can spot anyone else that rises to the top.
Steve Ryan can be reached at SteveRyan@bigredreport.com or 402-730-5619