Big man on campus this weekend for NU

The look is one for some of the nation's best junior college offensive tackles. Nebraska is hosting two this weekend. The first is Carl Nicks from Hartnell (Calif.) and the second is another offensive tackle that could come in and make an immediate impact.

Many already know who Carl Nicks is. However, people have been looking for answers as to who a couple of the official visitors are this weekend. Big Red Report found out today that Victory Haines from Snow (Utah) Junior College is in Lincoln right now.

"He left earlier today," Tyler Hughes said who is the Offensive Coordinator at Snow Junior College. "He should have already arrived."

Victory is a smaller known commodity than Nick's is, but every bit as well regarded. As a freshman the 6-foot-7 and 280 pound Haines was a starter at right guard. As a senior he moved to right tackle and many might say that Nebraska is looking for left tackles, but there is a reason why Haines was lined up where he was.

"Since Victory has been here both of our quarterbacks have been left-handed. So, quite literally he was the blind-side offensive tackle. And he did some other things for us. If there was an injury somewhere we could move him around and we enjoyed flexibility with him on the line."

Coach Hughes couldn't say enough for Haines. He is athletic, 5.1/40, and has the smarts to play offensive line that coaches really look for. "He's very intelligent, very academic minded. He understands concepts well when it comes to what you are trying to accomplish on the football field. He is also a very hard worker. He cares about getting better."

While hearing his coach say those words usually carries a lot of weight; it is his leadership quality that made him earn a special position on the team. "He was voted by his peers to be part of the leadership council this year. He is a natural leader."

Little has been known about Haines up to this point, but he has taken some trips and does have some nice offers. "He has been on a trip to New Mexico State and Hawaii. Illinois likes him and is looking at him pretty hard, but they haven't offered. Duke likes him because of his academics and wants him to come in for a trip unless he is more interested of playing big-time football like at Nebraska."

Big Red Report will be catching up with Haines when he returns home from the trip to Lincoln on Sunday.


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