Nebraska goes in-home with Texas lineman

The in-home visits are continuing for the Cornhusker coaching staff, looking to replenish holes for the future and in some cases, fill holes that haven't really been addressed as they would like. For offensive line coach Dennis Wagner, it was down to Texas, stopping in to say hi to one of Nebraska's offensive line targets, Russell Okung. Okung talked about that visit and what he's thinking about Nebraska right now.

At this point Richmond, Texas' Russell Okung knows a lot about Nebraska. He's been to the school for a game, he's gotten to see the facilities, both existing and those in the progress of being made. Plus, he's gotten to know his primary recruiter, running back coach Randy Jordan.


Since he's an offensive linemen, though, it was important that he get to know his future coach, Dennis Wagner. Today he got a better chance of doing that. "Yeah, coach Wagner was here today," Russell said. "It was a good visit. He's a pretty funny guy."


You could probably consider the visit a pleasure trip of sorts, but Russell had some things on his mind. Specifically the offensive line, who is leaving and who is coming back and of those, who does he have to beat out to get some time of his own on the field.


To that end, Okung said that Wagner answered some pretty key questions. "Coach Wagner said that they were looking at me as tackle and two tackles they have are graduating and of the two freshman tackles they have used in the last couple of games, one of them will probably move inside," Russell said. "I think there's a good chance for someone to get out there if they are willing to do what it takes."


With the in-home from coach Wagner, Okung has become not just familiar with Nebraska, but comfortable. Despite that, he's still taking visits to see Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and LSU. They won't be anytime soon as Russell said those visits, while not scheduled as of yet, will most likely take place in January.


Okung said that he didn't have any favorites right now, but was definitely taking visits to those schools and after that he'd make his decision.


As for the in-home with Wagner, he's studied and learned as much as he thinks he needs to know about the big red. "They have answered every question I have and I know they have been really honest with me," Okung said. "That's let me learn a bunch about them and about the stuff that I care about when I get to college."


"It's just a matter of taking my other visits and seeing how everyone compares. After that I think I will have a good idea of where I want to go."


Currently Nebraska has two offensive line commits – D.J. Jones from Omaha Central and Ricky Henry from Omaha Burke. Some of the best chances they have at additional linemen come from both the prep and junior college ranks:


J.B. Walton, (Lackey HS), Indian Head, MD    6-3/270/5.20

Favorites: Nebraska, Penn State, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma 
Keith Williams, (McCluer North HS), Florissant, MO 6-6/305/5.40
Favorites: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State 
Cruz Barrett, (Mainland HS), Daytona Beach, FL - 6-3.5/315/5.20 
Favorites: Nebraska, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, West Virginia 
Jeff Adams, (Trigg Co HS), Cadiz, KY- -6-8/325/5.40 

Favorites: Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fl), Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA 

Aaron Mason, (Santa Monica), Santa Monica, CA   6-6/265 

Favorites: Missouri, Nebraska, Washington, Wyoming 

Shannon Boatman, (Tyler JC), Tyler, TX   6-7/320 

Favorites: Florida State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Texas A&M 

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