The name Gdowski rings a bell for Husker fans. Tom Gdowski played for the Huskers in the early eighties and a cousin of his; Gerry Gdowski played for the Huskers in the late eighties.
Well, there's another Gdowski, Jake from
Standing 6 foot, 2 inches and
weighing 240 pounds, Jake tested well during the second summer session of camps
Jake is going to be just a junior this year for Grand Island, so the recruiting attention has been sparse at this point, but you don't have to ask many questions to figure out that this Gdowski wouldn't mind a bit following in the footsteps of his relation, especially that of Tom, who happens to be his dad.
That's a nice connection for the
Huskers, but it doesn't take a genetic link to the program to have some sort of
aspiration to one day don the scarlet and cream. Such is the case for another
The first thing you notice about this young man when you see him is that he's built like someone cut his shape out of a rock. Chiseled to the extreme, this son of a
Nick just doesn't look the role either, the former teammate of offensive lineman Dan Doering running a 4.6 – 40 and a 4.4 in the pro agility test.
Also and something else you would expect of him, he's a horse in the weight room. Benching 300 five times, squatting 500 eight times and cleaning 5 times a hearty 250 pounds, he's already one of the impressive physical specimens you will see. And again, he's still just going into his junior year.
After his senior year, even
though that's almost two years away, Nick knows where he would like to be after
his prep-career is done. "I want to come here," Nick said of
Nick is currently getting letters
from some impressive teams like UCLA and
Another athlete that is being
looked at as for either LB or the safety position is Flower mount,
Sullivan has family in
"It's big-time football."
Pflueger isn't shabby himself, Trae actually having the fastest forty time (4.49) before Anthony west reeled off the 4.37 not long after Trae posted his mark. Combing that with an impressive 4.21 pro agility, this kid has definitely got the speed. The size isn't bad either, Trae standing just a half inch shy of 6 foot and weighing right around 170 pounds.
This particular session didn't have the names, but like was said in yesterday's article, it had the talent to be sure. Speed, athleticism, size, strength and toughness; the group as a whole has outclassed the one before them.
However, few if any at this session were holding offers for whatever reason; their school being small, their team being no good or perhaps they just were finding themselves outside of most team's radar at this point.
One of the few that wasn't was Tim House, a running back out of
What House has first and foremost
is great feet and athleticism, Tim's pro agility time one of the best at either
You see him in one-on-one
situations, though, you forget about his size as he's able to use leverage,
strength and a definite will to push guys bigger than him off the ball. Plus,
he's flexible enough that you could utilize him as a running back or a DB, if
that's what you needed. The
Some players have already hit the road, some of the biggest in-state names this year having come in today and just as promptly departed. Testing, doing some drills and moving on, they came, they saw, but did they conquer?
For all your details on that,
Justin Stoller will now break down some of the best players within the borders
The main theme of second session
camp was speed but one of the interesting secondary themes was kids who have
athletic dads. Three kids had
fathers who have played in the NFL.
Anthony West, Brandon
Thermilus, and Bridger Dutton
all have the bloodlines. Dutton in
particular, has a father who was an All-American at
John Dutton played DL for 14 years in
the NFL after his college career at
Currently he is getting interest
Last year Dutton racked up 80
tackles and 4 sacks while playing in
While watching Bridger get worked out by the coaches, I noticed he has
great footwork and fairly impressive mobility for a kid his size. The only thing he needs to work on is
his 40 yard dash. I don't know if
Lincoln Southwest already has put
a kid on the
A body built perfectly for
defensive end, and Dutton mentioned that's exactly what
I didn't see much of Ben at defensive end, but he showed good athleticism at the tight end position. He ran good routes and showed good hands when the ball managed to get to him.
Corey ran a 4.45 40 yard dash
along with a 32 inch vertical and a 4.4 shuttle. Corey likes
I think Corey would be one of the
top kids from the entire camps to receive an offer from the coaching staff. He worked out individually with the
staff and felt he showed them what he could bring to the table at the safety
Young said that the coaches will be watching him finish out his senior season, and might look to offer at some point then if they are still impressed.
Paul Homer draws some comparisons to Barrett Ruud because of his non flashy style, yet ability to simply get the job done. 180 tackles speaks more than enough about what kind of player Homer is. Those stats weren't against just anybody, Homer playing in Class A at Milliard North.
Homer ran a 4.77 40 and jumped 23
inches in the vertical. Paul also
had a 4.5 shuttle which is a great time for a linebacker that is 6'1 222
Now some might be wondering about
Homer and Young, would they be a package deal? I asked that question and both gave a
quick answer of no, they will do what is best for each other. Even if
Bart Harm is a kid most people haven't heard a whole lot about. The most amazing thing about that though, is that Harm had 107 tackles and 18.5 sacks last season for Harvard. Those numbers are simply mind boggling and Harm decided he wanted to step up the competition and will be playing for Class B Aurora this season. He is 6'1 215 lbs and ran a 4.75 40 and jumped 29 inches.
He said that he could barely get out of bed today.
Brendan has been clocked as fast
as a 4.4 before, and shows off his speed during the spring winning medals at the
state track meet for three consecutive years. This kid was the workhorse of a McCook
team that won 38 straight games in Class B. Liess has totaled 49 touchdowns the past
two seasons along with 1,800 on the ground this past year. He also has solid hands, which would
Tony Purvis is another good looking
prospect from Class B powerhouse McCook.
Purvis played quarterback and safety this past season, but is getting
looked at more for cornerback from colleges. Tony ran a 4.57 at camp but was clocked
at a 4.44 at the Nike Combine in
Purvis has been traveling along with Liess, and said he couldn't wait to get home after being gone for almost two weeks straight going to camps with Brendan. Purvis measured in at 5'11 and 159 lbs and was a little dissatisfied with his performance. Last season though, Purvis managed to put up almost 1800 total yards and 119 tackles.
Stay tuned tomorrow as we finish Session Two up with the finale', including the fastest man competition and after that, it's the quarterback camp, featuring future Husker Josh Freeman. Freeman will take to the same stage he did last year before he was a future Husker; only this time he'll be going against names like Gralheer, Enderle and Robertson. So stay tuned for that, the reports, the pictures and all the comments about who's up, who's down, who might be in, who might be out and everything you'd want to know as we recap your summer camps here at the University of Nebraska.