Big man No. 4

It was just last night when we talked to Ryan Klachko, and it seemed like he might take some time. But it also seemed like Nebraska made a heck of an impression. Well, the latter turned out to be more true as Klachko is now a commit to the Big Red. Check the Red Zone for the latest on Nebraska's fourth big man to commit this year.

After making a mid-week visit to Lincoln to get an up-close look at what the Huskers have to offer, offensive line prospect Ryan Klachko has decided to end his recruitment. Find out what led the Illinois standout to his decision in this latest update with Big Red Report.

So what made you decide to pull the trigger? I know you had talked about wanting to wait until later in the year.

"To be honest with you Kevin, going in there I wasn't expecting to commit. I wanted to come see the place and everything but I wasn't going in thinking I was going to commit.

"But you know when people talk about getting that feeling, that feeling like this place is for me. It happened to me, I was just blown away. When I got there I couldn't find anything I didn't like.

"I got along well with every single person I met, and they made me feel at home. Then I also knew that they already have a few offensive line commits, and my spot wasn't going to be there forever. So I thought about it, and knew in my heart I wanted to be a Husker. It just doesn't get any better than Nebraska football."

Coming into the visit Ryan had heard a few good things about the atmosphere in Lincoln, but nothing could have prepared him for what he saw once on campus.

"Actually everybody I spoke to about the school that had been there said I was going to love it. So I was expecting everything to be really nice, but when we pulled up at like midnight all I saw was that huge stadium and this big, glowing red N. It was like a sign, this place is for me.

"Then on my visit I got to meet the former head coach at Nebraska, coach Osborne. And I got to meet Suh, they were in the office together when I walked in. What an honor it was to meet them both. Then I saw all the facilities, the stadium, the academic stuff, it was Nebraska overload," laughed Klachko.

"I knew after all that I was committing. But this voice was telling me maybe I should wait things out and see who else comes in with an offer. But I couldn't quit thinking about Nebraska, and how it felt like my school."

And while he wanted to commit during the visit, Ryan thought it would be best if he went home and talk about things with his family first.

"I figured I'd come home and talk to mom and the rest of the family before I did anything. After I told my mom how much I loved Nebraska, she said ‘god bless you Ryan, we love you to death, if that's what you want then do it'.

"I called my head coach and I told him I think this is it coach. He told me if I felt that strong about the school, then take the offer.

"To be honest my dad was really liking Purdue before this Nebraska visit. But once we were there in Lincoln, we talked about everything in our hotel room. My dad told me ‘if you want to come here for college, I would love to see my son in red'. I knew he was all about Nebraska after that."

Ryan said soon after returning home from the visit, he was back on the phone with the head man in Lincoln.

"I got right on the phone and called coach Cotton and coach Pelini and committed this morning. Both coaches said they were excited to get me, coach Cotton sounded real excited, it was just a great conversation. I like coach Cotton a lot, he seems real soft spoken off the field, but I know he gets on his players on the field, which is what I like. I even felt relief after giving them my commitment."

Did you get to see any of the practices while in Lincoln?

"I got to watch a full practice while I was there. I watched the offensive lineman doing there step drills and the one-on-ones. I also got to see them running plays, some installation of the offense. Coach Cotton said they are recruiting me for guard, so I was watching them the most. They do a lot of pulling and that's kind of my specialty. I love to run around and crack the heads of defensive ends and linebackers."

And after watching practice, Ryan said he knows he has a lot of work to do to become a starter for Nebraska, but he is ready for that challenge.

"I know that it will be hard earning a starting spot at Nebraska, they have a lot of great players already there on the roster and in my class. But I'm ready to test myself against anybody. I know if I work hard enough, I can be one of the top players in the nation."

Finally, you know other schools will continue to recruit you. How solid is this commitment?

"I'm a man of my word, and I am not going back on it. I don't care if it's USC, Ohio State and Alabama. I'll stick with my commitment. I gave coach Pelini and coach Cotton my word and that means a lot to me. My commitment won't change for anybody."

Anything you want to say to Husker Nation?

"Just tell them it feels so good to be a part of the Husker family."

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