Big time JC OT set to visit Nebraska this weekend

It certainly is a good feeling for a junior college coach to get a great player placed there by a university. However, they are only there for a little while. You wonder how good it would be to have multiples of that player and of course filling the void is difficult.

The void left this fall on Mesabi Range Central and Technical College this fall will be there. The hole at the tackle position left by Brock Pasteur won't be easy for anyone to fill.

Try 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds of hole. Not good enough. Well, Pasteur can move 520 pounds on the bench press, has 4.89 speed in the 40 and a 26 inch vertical jump.

"It's a blessing," Coach Weisner said of Brock being at Mesabi Range the past two years. "With that size and strength it's truly a blessing.

That blessing brought with it all sorts of honors. Pasteur received pre-season All-American honorable mention honors and this season brought first team all-conference, all-region and first team JC Gridiron All-American.

Nebraska has been in the recruiting game for a long time now with Pasteur. "We were fortunate to have Nebraska come in and take a look at him last spring. Coach Cosgrove came up and recruited him."

"For the Nebraska spring game, Brock and two other players visited Nebraska. From there Coach Downing recruited Brock, and Coach Downing was retained the whole time, and showed a lot of interest in Brock."

Not just Nebraska was showing interest in Pasteur though. Schools like Miami, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Carolina State, Minnesota, Toledo, Bowling Green, ECU and Middle Tennessee State all were calling."

"Nobody has offered as of right now," Pasteur said. "I am going to Nebraska this weekend (1/14) and after that to ECU or Middle Tennessee State. These are my first visits."

Pasteur went on to say that offers haven't technically been extended by anyone, but it has been said that an offer by all of the schools that he is considering for officials, have offers tied to the visit.

"I'd have to say that ECU has been really interested in me a long time. They have all been on me though. Nebraska has shown a lot of interest. If I had to rate them in order for leaders I would say Nebraska is No. 1, Middle Tennessee State is No. 2, ECU is No. 3 and Arkansas is No. 4."

This coming weekend will be the second time that Pasteur will be on campus in Lincoln. What was his experience like for the spring game this past year?

"It's second to none. They had 65,000 fans at the spring game. You walk over that little bridge and everything is red and white. The town really revolves around football."

"I really like Coach Downing a lot. He's really down to Earth. I just like the way that he acts around me. I have not met Coach Wagner before, but I have spoke to him on the phone a couple of times."

One thing that Brock and Coach Weisner stressed on the phone is personal development and the possibility of taking his skills beyond college and into the NFL. "Personally, I feel like Nebraska is a great fit for Brock," Coach Weisner said.

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