The Huskers are close to putting the finishing touches on the 2022 recruiting class. It’s not done yet as the team hosted a couple of 2022 prospects for unofficial visits on Jan. 22nd. One of those players was Iowa offensive lineman Dylan Parrott. The lineman (6-5, 320) visited the Huskers with his family.
He’s been in contact with the Huskers for a month or so which led him to take the visit. He wanted to see the school in person because he’s never been to Lincoln before. It’s been an interesting journey to this point for Parrott. He was hearing from smaller Division III schools at the start of his senior year. That was in part because he didn’t play football during his sophomore and junior years of high school.
During his sophomore year he decided to not go out for football. His junior year was the COVID year and he was unsure if there would even be a season. The prospect got a job during that year and he didn’t want to leave that commitment once he found out a football season would be played. Once he got back on the field to start his senior season that changed everything.
“The first game I got back out there as soon as I walked out on the field this is something I want to continue doing,” Parrott said. “When the season ended, we went out in the first round of the playoffs. It was rough that night. I was walking back with my teammates and for a lot of those guys that I have grown up with my entire life that’s the last time that they will ever put on football pads. That’s kind of a heavy thing when we grew up loving the sport. I didn’t want that to be the end for me.”
New offensive line coach Donovan Raiola came by his school. Parrott got to spend time with him on campus the next day. Raiola followed that up with a phone call on Sunday. Getting that type of consistent attention made an impression on him.
“It kind of reassures me that they see me in the program and I’m not just filling a roster spot,” Parrott said. “That was not so much a concern but just kind of a wonder because with me not playing and sort of a lack of experience I know that it’s going to be harder for me. I’ll just have to work hard obviously like everyone does.”
The Huskers showed their interest again when they came through with an offer to walk-on with the team. Parrott got a call from defensive coordinator Erik Chinander to get the news.
Thrilled to announce that after a great call with @CoachChinander I’ve been offered a PWO from Coach Frost and the Nebraska Cornhuskers! #GBR 🌽🏈🎈@coach_frost @TheStrengthU @NorthScottHS pic.twitter.com/LCQ22SC9l6
— Dylan Parrott (@Parrott7103) January 7, 2022
He was excited to get the offer but there is still another visit or two to check out before making a final decision. It’s a big choice that he doesn’t want rush. He’ll decide on a school over the next week or two.
“Last Saturday, I had a great time up in Nebraska, I really enjoyed it,” Parrott said. “Everyone I met I got along with great and the environment seems like a truly great environment to not only just live in but to play football. That’s very important to me. There’s no question that Nebraska is also a great school academically.”
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.