On Saturday, Nebraska held its first Adidas OL/DL Pipeline Camp inside Memorial Stadium and Hawks Championship Center. Coaches from Kansas, Miami, Louisville and more were in attendance, as well as offensive and defensive line prospects from across the country. There were hundreds of prospects on hand competing and getting better.
Here are my five thoughts from the big event.
1. There could be some future coaches on this current Husker team. One of the neat things about the Pipeline Camp and the first Friday Night Lights camp is that so many current Husker players helped out. Some guys were out there encouraging campers and others were helping set up. There were a number of players really leading drills on Saturday. Darrion Daniels, Matt Farniok, Ty Robinson and Damion Jackson are just some of the players who were doing that. That had to be really cool for the camp participants.
2. In addition to getting help from current Huskers, it was expected that the current Nebraska staff would be teaching as well. The Pipeline Camp gave the prospects a very unique opportunity for instruction from current coaches, players and the original Nebraska pipeline members. All five original members of the “pipeline” were at the camp and all helped coach kids up. That by itself was worth the price of admission.
2019 First Annual National Pipeline Camp.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) June 15, 2019
3. Even at an event this big, 2021 Elkhorn South offensive tackle Teddy Prochazka stood out. The young lineman has a great frame and moves very well. It seemed like every school in attendance spent time watching, instructing and interacting with him. He’s already picked up one new offer from the camp, as Arizona State offered him a scholarship which will probably be the first of many new offers.
4. There were so many cool moments that happened for players at this event. There will be multiple players that add to their scholarship options or pick up their first offer based on exposure from this camp. The opportunity to compete and get better is great but when you add the ability to see your hard work pay off instantly, it’s a game changer.
— Beau Stephens (@BeauStephens70) June 15, 2019
5. One thing I feel safe in saying about this camp is that there will be lots of benefits for the Huskers coming down the road. There were players at the camp as young as ninth grade all the way up to seniors in high school. The ability to work with and evaluate that number of players on your campus is huge. I get the feeling we will hear about multiple players interested in the Huskers down the road who attended the inaugural Pipeline Camp. This event is here to stay.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.