Visit blows away Bodtmann

There are only going to be a couple of chances to play linebacker at Nebraska in the class of 2009 and the Huskers made Shawn Bodtmann an early offer. Bodtmann, with his father, grew up Husker fans. Getting the chance to see Lincoln in person really gives Nebraska a shot in landing this athletic and physical linebacker from Scranton (PA) West Scranton High.

Nebraska brought in four "linebackers" last year in the 2008 class, but as many as half could see themselves playing defensive end in the future. The class of 2009 will be different.

The Huskers are only in the market for a couple of linebackers and Shawn Bodtmann is one player that was identified early in the recruiting process. Bodtmann, a linebacker from Scranton (Penn.) West Scranton was in Lincoln for the spring game.

"It was amazing," Bodtmann said. "I had so much fun there. The atmosphere was just insane at the game. The coaches, the players, the fans and just everyone were amazing. It was mind-blowing. I couldn't have asked for a better time."

The atmosphere at the spring game in Lincoln is atypical. While many audiences around the nation might be pulling in 20,000 or even up to 60,000, the Huskers packed them in for a sell-out this past weekend.

"80,000 fans speaks for itself, for a practice game. When you walk into a stadium and it's filled, it's pretty much a practice, it's just amazing."

The weekend wasn't all fun and games for Bodtmann, there was some business to tend to. Like talking to his possible future coaches and how he fits in as a player and in the system in Nebraska.

"I got a chance to sit down one on one with Coach Mike Ekeler. I also got to talk with Coach Carl Pelini. We got to talk about me possibly being a player there.

"They let me know how interested they were in me. They want me to play WILL and that they think that I am a good fit for that position and in that system."

After talking to the coaches, Bodtmann did some research for himself looking at the current players at the WILL position. He wanted to see how they looked physically and how they played on the field.

"First of all, I looked at their body and wanted to get a feel with how I compared and see if I was the same body-type. I tried to watch that position, specifically, and it looked like a lot of stuff that I do now.

"It's about being aggressive and making plays. It's about being able to get out and being able to do pass coverage from the linebacker spot. I think that I would be a good fit."

Bodtmann is the perfect size for the WILL position, coming in a little under 6-foot-0 tall with a frame that will allow him to put some more weight on. "I did get measured while I was up there. I was 5-foot-11.5 and 202-pounds."

The visit to Nebraska was the third so far for Bodtmann. Even though it was the third and the furthest away it was the biggest and best for Bodtmann. The trip to Nebraska definitely exceeding his expectations.

"I have been to Pitt and Rutgers so far. It doesn't get any bigger for me than the visit to Nebraska. The visit was really above and beyond what I expected in the trip. I really feel that they have a lot of things that other places don't have."

Things are changing for Bodtmann about the recruiting process. At first, he was going to take it slow. However, things might have been excelled a bit after the visit to Nebraska.

"I wanted to be as patient with it as I could. But, if I feel like going to a particular school is the right opportunity then I could see myself making a decision as early as June."

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