Steinkuhler follows heart to Lincoln

There are some names that when you just hear them say "ball player". In Nebraska, one of those names would be Steinkuhler. Continuing the tradition, and coming in the class of 2008, will be Baker Steinkuhler. Baker was a standout this summer at Nebraska's camp and has become the charter member for the class of 2008.

A familiar name to all Husker fans would be Baker Steinkuhler. Brother of Ty and son of Dean, Baker will be one of the best recruits in the state of Nebraska this year and next year.

The 6-foot-6 and 275 pound Steinkuhler from Lincoln (Nebr.) Southwest ended his recruitment early with a commitment to Nebraska. Getting the offer from Nebraska was the only one he was waiting for.

"I just wanted to get it over with," Steinkuhler said. "Mostly because I always wanted to go there. I really didn't want to go anywhere else. I wanted to stay home. I didn't want to have to worry about it."

This past Friday was the first day for high school juniors to receive written offers. Steinkuhler was just hoping for one and it just so happened to be the only one that he received. "I didn't get any other offers. Not yet I guess."

The last name of Steinkuhler is really synonymous with Nebraska. Baker's big brother is there now and Baker's father was a standout at Nebraska. Was there pressure to just commit to Nebraska?

"No, not really. My brother and my dad said to go anywhere I wanted to go. They didn't pressure me into anything. I always thought about wanting to go there, but it wasn't because I had to go there. I could have gone anywhere I wanted."

Steinkuhler was a standout this summer at Nebraska's camp and mostly on the offensive side of the ball at tackle. However, this is not a cut and dry situation for Baker and Nebraska as to which position he might play.

"They don't know what they want me to play. They aren't sure if they want me to play offense or defense. I don't have a preference which one I play in college. We will just see what happens."

"I suppose that they like me as either an offensive tackle or a defensive tackle. They said that they have no idea yet as to which one."

Nebraska has extended three offers to in-state juniors thus far. Joining Baker Steinkuhler is Ronnell Grixby from Omaha Central and Trevor Robinson from Elkhorn.

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