The Lowdown: DE, Jason Ankrah

Defensive end Jason Ankrah stands as perhaps the new mold of Husker defensive ends, the Bo Pelini defense going away from the big run stopping bookends to those a little smaller and a lot quicker off the edge. We give you the lowdown on where Ankrah is at in his recruiting, his thoughts on Nebraska and just how this prepster could fit in with the big red.

WHO: Jason Ankrah is a reported 6-4, 245 pounds and runs the 40 at a reported 4.79 clip.

WHAT : Ankrah is a defensive end prospect who played both ways last year, serving a good portion of his football duties at the guard position on offense. Ankrah said that this year he will probably not play as an offensive lineman this year, but instead play some tight end for Quince Orchard. "They say I have the hands for it," Ankrah said.

As a junior Ankrah had a reported 19 tackles on defense, inclouding one sack, along with four quarterback hurries and one pass break up.

WHY : With seniors Barry Turner and Zach Potter both expected to start this up-coming season, Nebraska at the end of the season will find themselves down their two full-time players at either end spot. David Harvey is the lone junior in the class, and Harvey has yet to play any significant minutes thus far during his career.

Out of the eight other defensive ends listed on the official roster, three (Sr. Clayton Sievers, So. Pierre Allen and RFr. William Yancy) are scholarship players. Expected to arrive either during the Summer or shortly before the season begins is 6-4,225 lbs. Josh Williams and Cameron Meredith, who stands 6-4 as well, and weighs approx. 225 lbs.

Even if the back ups at the position do get time on the field, projecting into next year, this group will be laden with inexperienced players.

THE TEAMS: Ankrah stated that he holds 12 offers at this point, including Nebraska, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Penn State, West Virginia, Illinois and Tennessee.

ON NEBRASKA : "I know they have a great tradition there. I have read up on them a little on the internet, but don't know a lot more. I just know that they have a successful program."

NOTEABLE : Defensive ends coach John Papuchis coached at Quince Orchard and knows the majority of the coaches at his former stomping grounds quite well. Ankrah said that when it comes to a comfort issue with the coach recruiting him, there's an obvious level of trust with the Husker assistant coach due to the familiarity he has with the his current coaches at the prep level. "So many of our coaches already know him, so yeah, it helps with that comfort issue, because I already know a lot about him," he said.

CURRENT FAVORITES : "Schools that stand out to me right now are Penn State, Virginia Tech, N.C. State , Maryland and West Virginia ."

WHERE'S NEBRAKA : "I actually think I am going to take an official visit there either during the season or after. But right now I don't know a lot about them, so it's hard to put them on my list right now, because there's still a lot to learn. But I do want to get out there to visit and see just what it's all about."

TIMEFRAME ON DECISION : "Either during or after the season. I am hoping to take all my official visits, and we'll just have to see how all that goes. I'm not in a huge hurry to make a decision, though, because I want to make sure it's the right decision for me."

THE SKINNY : Ankrah could be the best player at this position who Nebraska currently has a reasonable shot at down the road. Out of the top four recruited defensive ends by the Huskers, only #4 prospect Nick Kasa out of Broomfield, CO. remains uncommitted. Nebraska continues to be on his short list, but with 20 offers and counting, including USC, the Huskers are probably a long-shot, at best.

Within the borders of the Husker state, McCook High School 's Tyrone Sellers stands as probably the only player who has a chance at an offer from the Huskers. At 6-4 and 215 lbs., though, he would be classified as a hybrid of sorts, projecting to either the DE position or perhaps strong-side backer.

Nebraska Football Tickets

Big Red Report Top Stories