Huskers get "preferred, recruited walk-on"

People might claim this year was a down year for talent in the state. That isn't entirely so. Nebraska has nabbed two in-state commits and has since picked up a greyshirt commitment in Aaron Schulte. Nebraska just also picked up a preferred, recruited walk-on from one of the powerhouse high schools in Lincoln.

Mike Masin, a 6-foot-7 and 320-pound offensive tackle from Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast with 4.8-second speed in the 40, has accepted a recruited walk-on offer. He will earn a scholarship at the beginning of his third year.

"It's not a greyshirt," Masin said. "It's a preferred, recruited walk on. I am going to work out with them this summer, take classes and I will go on scholarship the start of my third year."

"I get to redshirt. I would have my redshirt freshman year still as a walk on, but play. Then I would go on scholarship the beginning of my third year, my redshirt sophomore year."

If people aren't familiar with Southeast, then they need to know that they are prominently a Class A powerhouse in football. This year wasn't a very good year for the Knights. Injuries played a huge role in Southeast's season.

"It didn't go as well as we hoped. We had some key injuries. We lost our running back early. We lost one of our starting guards who go hurt in a car accident before the season."

"The practice before the first game we lost our other starting guard. Then we lost our best wide receiver and safety. We played a lot of young guys that didn't have a lot of experience."

"We got to the last game of the season and played against Fremont. It went into overtime and we scored with a PAT to tie it up. They blocked our extra point and we missed playoffs."

Adding almost insult to injury was the announcement that the head football coach at Southeast was stepping down. "After that, Coach Chuck Mizerski announced that he was retiring. That was just on top to the season."

Masin said that they don't keep track of lineman stats. Masin still thinks that he made improvements from last year to this year and some of the honors that he picked up on the season backs that up.

"We don't keep track of any stats. I think that I did a lot better than my junior year. I think that I improved a lot over the summer. I was trying to concentrate more on downfield blocks and I think that I did pretty good on that."

"I got all-state honorable mention. I think that my team record kind of hurt that. I got that honor two years in a row. I got all-conference and all-city honors."

There is a lot of obvious potential with a guy like Masin, who plays basketball as well at Southeast, just with his sheer size and athleticism. He pointed out two things that he considers to be his biggest strengths.

"I think that my long arms, I have really long arms, helps me out with pass blocking. I have pretty good feet for a guy my size. I think those are my two biggest strengths right there."

Before accepting the invitation to be a recruited, preferred walk-on at Nebraska, Masin was getting some other division one interest. After taking a visit to Nebraska there were no other options.

"I was looking at Kansas, Iowa State, Illinois and Ohio, but after visiting with Coach Bill Callahan and Nebraska, there really wasn't anyone else to consider. We really related well and there wasn't comparison to them."

"I have been dreaming my whole life to run out that tunnel and play for Nebraska. I just want to work at it and earn a spot eventually."

"Growing up in Lincoln, going to Husker games when you are three years old, watching them run out, play so hard and there is so much heart; the whole state is watching and knowing everything about Nebraska football, it's just a dream."

Masin is the latest in a long list of lineman to have success going onto the next level. It was something that he set out to do and he accomplished that as well.

"The #77 jersey has been passed down for years at Southeast. There was Zach Copple who went to Harvard and then Tyler Peterson who is now at Wake Forest to me. I was just trying to live up to what those guys did. I think that Eric Anderson wore it too."

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