Haines is a Husker

Nebraska has had a very big weekend. The first domino to fall for Nebraska this weekend was a commit from offensive tackle, Victory Haines. Haines has been on a couple of other visits including one to Hawaii, but he saw enough in Lincoln that by Saturday afternoon he had pulled the commitment trigger.

Big Red Report was able to catch up with Snow (Utah) Junior College offensive coordinator, Tyler Hughes, on Friday who said that Victory was on his way to Nebraska. It was clear then that Nebraska may not be the last trip for Haines who was receiving a lot of interest from some other schools. It would have to be pretty good to commit.

"The visit went really good," Haines said. "Yes, good enough to commit."

"To this point I had visited Hawaii and New Mexico State. I was going to plan to visit Duke if things didn't work out at Nebraska. They were sort of my number two team."

When it came to Nebraska, Lincoln just looked like home without the mountains. "I went to their campus and it felt comfortable. It was just everything about Nebraska. It's kind of like here in Utah without the mountains."

"I am originally from Logan, UT and was a full-qualifier out of high school. I just didn't get a lot of recruiting attention. I was about 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds. Here in Utah you need to get attention from Utah and BYU to really get the word out about you. I had interest from Weber State and others."

"I had a 3.8 GPA and a 28 ACT score and I knew that Snow put out a lot of good players. I went to snow, red shirted in 2001, took a mission to Hungry for two years and came back in 2004. As a freshman I started every game at right guard. This year I started every game at right tackle. Both times I was on the blind-side because our quarterback was left-handed."

Before visiting Nebraska Haines had come across, or played against, a current Husker. It was something that he wasn't even aware of until he got to Lincoln, but it got him thinking about that game.

"While I was in high school I actually played against Stewart Bradley, but I didn't know that. I was a senior and he was a junior. It was in the playoffs. He was from Highland with is around Salt Lake City. I think that he played safety or something like that."

One coach really laid the ground work to get Haines into Lincoln. One of the reasons Nebraska was so hard after him would have to be his ability to come in at mid-term. "Coach Wagner was really the coach from Nebraska that recruited me the most. I spoke to him the most, definitely. I can transfer at semester and will do that."

"I definitely considered transferring at mid-term as an incentive to come to Nebraska. I can come in and get into their strength program, put on some weight, and come in and play in the fall. I spoke with some other lineman and they all told me to come in and learn the offense in the spring."

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