Can Nebraska nab big lineman from California?

People know looking at the Nebraska's current class of commitments that there is limited room. What isn't as visible to the casual eye is the limited amount of official visits that are left for Nebraska. To have both from Nebraska this late in the game is pretty special. Huskers will need to impress beyond facilities, the stadium and academic support for this recruit though.

There is a history that Ben Ossai and one of the Nebraska coaches share. Ossai, being from Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale and an offensive lineman, has had a chance to take in some camps at Fresno State.

Before becoming the offensive line coach at Nebraska, Coach Dennis Wagner, was the offensive line coach at Fresno State. "I have known Coach Wagner for three years now," Ossai said. "I have been going to camps at Fresno since my sophomore year."

It's always something to have a bond there that goes beyond the short process being recruited your senior year by a school. The relationship is one thing, but the Husker offer and getting him in for an official visit is another.

Ossai has been on one official visit so far. He was able to take in a visit to Fresno State. "It was pretty cool. I had fun and saw their facilities, stadium and new locker room."

Coming up next for Ossai on January 14 is the trip to Lincoln to check out the Cornhuskers. "I am really looking for how I feel when I get there. Everyone has a big stadium, big weight room and great academic help. Distance won't be a big thing for me if I am happy there."

Following the visit to Nebraska on January 21, Ossai has a visit set up to see Washington. If Nebraska is lucky, could he go ahead and pull the trigger on a commitment in Lincoln if there is that level of comfort he needs?

"I am probably going to take all of my trips. If I really feel comfortable on a trip I just might commit. If I make all of the trips I will make a decision hopefully before the end of January."

It's impressive to see Nebraska come on so strong for a player. It's justified though, at 6-foot-7 and a shade less than 300 pounds, Ossai is physically ready to play next year. He was a monster this year for Stockdale High School winning all-league, all-area, all-valley, hometown all-state and Brighthouse player of the week this season.

Ossai is currently holding a 2.3 GPA and an 840 test score. The 2.3 is a little mis-leading as some classes are in the middle of being re-taken and that GPA should jump at the end of the year exponentially.

This battle is heating up. So stay tuned to Big Red Report for the latest on Ben Ossai and see if Nebraska can give him that comfort level needed to commit next weekend!

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