Not very long ago we profiled an offensive lineman out of Florida,
Tyler Moore, the son of former Husker Brian Moore along with being the
cousin of recent former Husker Jay Moore. Already Moore is holding
eight verbal offers from schools like Miami, Florida State and, of
Well, not to be outdone there's
another offensive lineman, this one out of Chandler , Arizona, who has
some offers of his own. Tyler Moore seems to be getting the brunt of
the attention for offensive bigguns on the east side, but closer to the
west coast 6-5, 285 lbs. Christian Westerman isn't doing so bad
most recent verbal from the Trojans came as a result of USC's
ever-popular "Rising Stars" camp. Amongst just a few of the featured
names that Westerman would face were Jackson Jeffcoat, the No. 2 ranked
defensive end in the country and Ronald Powell, the No. 7 ranked
defensive end in the country. His dad might be considered a little
biased, as all dads should be, but he said that even with that he was
Impressed. "He was dominating. He was going against guys like Jeffcoat
andPowell and he just dominated," he said. "After that they brought us
up to the offices and offered him right there, and they said that he
was the best offensive lineman they have had at any of their prior
camps and they just said ‘We want you to be a Trojan.'"
high praise, and that doesn't even include the outstanding performance
at the four-day camp in Austin, which Chris Sr. said went as well as
they could have hoped. "I know Christian loved it, and I know they
loved him. But they work things a little differently down there as far
as offering kids and when they offer," he said. "But I know they liked
him, so we'll just see how that goes."
Right now if you
are a Husker fan you are thinking that already the Huskers are on the
outside looking in. Heck, this kid isn't even a junior yet, not even
17-years old and he's already got offers from some monster programs,
including the Trojans.
But it is early, and the elder
Westerman said that Nebraska is one of a few schools he's interested in
to see what the Huskers do. "We are very interested in Nebraska. They
are a program that just has huge tradition, a great history of football
and I think they are really the total package in terms of football,
school, tradition and the NFL prospects they have had come through
"It's just a first-class program, but as of right now we just haven't heard much from them."
Hard to believe, isn't it?
is one of those sports where it seemed that things did stick to the
status quo in regard to when kids got noticed. They would go into their
junior year with interest, but it was usually September first when the
offers would actually come. Now schools are verbally offering months in
advance, some well over a year. That means everyone else has to catch
up. So, when a prospect like Westerman comes along, the first sophomore
to ever start on the offensive line for Hamilton HS, the 5A Division 1
state camp three out of the last five years, even recruiting
juggernauts like USC feel the need to get on them as early as they can.
But for programs like Nebraska, which are trying to
make their way back to the status of the elite, players like Westerman
could be key, especially when everything begins and ends with your
lines. It obviously won't hurt Westerman's recruiting if Nebraska isn't
in there right now, because hell no doubt be one of the most recruited
offensive linemen in the country next year. But Chris Sr. said that
they would like to throw Nebraska in that mix as one of the schools
looking the hardest at his son. "It's just a good program, and I think
Bo Pelini, the Head Coach there, he has it going the right direction,"
he said. "Texas and Oklahoma have kind of ruled that conference for
awhile now, but I think Nebraska is coming back to where they are going
to be making a little noise, too."
You can figure that
right now there are no clear favorites, that being the one team that
stands out in front. With so many verbal offers already, recruiting may be hot for this Arizona prep star, but it's bound to get near sizzling down the road.
why Chris Jr. is done with camps, done with unofficial visits and now
he's taking it easy before his Fall Camp begins, and his team tries for
back-to-back state titles. After all, when it comes to recruiting there
are still two seasons to go. "Chris is with his grandparents right now,
and he's just taking it easy, doing a little fishing and just getting
rested up," Chris sr. said. "He's worked very hard over the last few
"But look at what he's done, it's really
paying off for him and the scary thing is he's only going to get
better. It's just fun watching him play."
Good thing too, because we have two more years to do just that.