National Outlook

When one thinks of the powerful Nebraska teams of the past, dominant offensive lines come quickly to mind. Early in this recruiting season, it seems that the Cornhuskers feel that focusing on what made them successful in the past is also what is best for the future. This past week, they received their third and fourth offensive line commitments of the year

Notre Dame fans know all about Trevor Robinson. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Elkhorn, Neb. native had visited Notre Dame several times and had listed Notre Dame as one of his top choices. But the lure of playing for the in-state Huskers and the distance from home proved too much to overcome, as he committed to Nebraska this past weekend. Robinson, who is projected as a guard at the college level, also considered Michigan.

Bryce Givens will probably be lining up right next to Robinson for four years at Nebraska. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Givens will have to add some size and strength, but he is a sure-fire tackle prospect. He has exceptional technique and is accustomed to winning as he plays for Denver powerhouse Mullen High School. He also considered offers from Colorado, Michigan, and UCLA.

Baker Steinkuhler and Dan Hoch are the other lineman committed to Nebraska. Steinkuhler is the son of former Cornhusker All-American Dean Steinkuhler.

The quarterback that Bryce Givens protected at Mullen High School last year, Clint Brewster, will be playing for his father, Tim, at Minnesota next season. This week, the elder Brewster landed five commitments for the Gophers, bringing their current total to seven. The most interesting name is Arcadia, Calif. wide receiver Kevan Walker. The 6-foot-0, 175-pound Walker is the son of current UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, who played his college ball at Minnesota. Walker played his first two high school seasons with Notre Dame recruit Andrew Nuss at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Va. while his father was coaching the secondary for the Washington Redskins. Walker had received interest from many schools, but Minnesota was his first offer.

Tim Brewster also grabbed commitments from four in-state products, including one each from powers Cretin Derham Hall and Eden Prairie. 6-foot-4, 185-pound John Nance caught 11 passes for 138 yards as the receiver opposite superstar Michael Floyd. He is also a basketball standout, named third team all-metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune this past winter and may try to walk-on to the Gopher basketball team. He will join teammate Shady Salamon at Minnesota in the fall of 2008. Utah State, Southern Illinois, and Ball State were some of the other programs recruiting Nance.

Eden Prairie quarterback Ryan Grant led his team to the 5A state title this past season by completing passes for 1,431 yards and 20 touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder is part of a very well known Minnesota footbal family. His father, Mike, is the coach at Eden Prairie and his grandfather is former longtime Viking head coach Bud Grant. Minnesota was his first scholarship offer.

Minnesota's other two recent commitments came from linebacker Sam Maresh of Champlin and offensive tackle Roszell Gayden of New Hope.

LSU picked up three commitments including the Taylor brothers from Franklinton, La. Older brother Jhyryn is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound wide receiver while Brandon is a 6-foot-0, 195-pounder that LSU recruited as a cornerback. Jhyryn caught 40 balls for 672 yards in seven touchdowns last fall. Brandon had 44 tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions while playing linebacker and also rushed for 564 yards and eight touchdowns. Their older brother, Curtis, is currently a junior safety for the Tigers. Jhyryn told TigerRag.com that he had offers from Ole Miss and Kentucky while Brandon had offers from Oklahoma as well as Duke.

Kellen Theriot of Bellaire, Texas has great speed for someone 6-foot-2, 225-pounds. He has played linebacker and quarterback in high school, but now that he has committed to LSU, head coach Les Miles will be lining him up at fullback. He chose LSU over UCLA.

Several other major programs received commitments over the past two weeks. Texas got safety Blake Gideon of Leander, Texas over Vanderbilt and Rice. Alabama landed safety Wesley Neighbors of Huntsville, Ala., choosing the Tide over LSU, Georgia Tech, and Vandy. Clemson got a commitment from Madison, Ohio tight end Nic DiLillo, who had offers from Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Tennessee was the first scholarship offer for Florence, Ala. offensive lineman Carson Anderson and he accepted.

Also, Miami added two defensive tackles: Jeremy Lewis from West Palm Beach and Justin Thompson from El Camino Community College in Torrance, Calif. Lewis had offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, LSU, and Arizona State. Thompson's offer list included Florida, LSU, Nebraska, and Tennessee.

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