Even though Nebraska was hosting “junior day” on March 31, some of the top 2020 prospects in the state were able to make the event as well. Kearney running back prospect Miko Maessner is one of the fastest players in the state and is poised to pick up significant interest during his recruitment. Overall, he had a great experience on Nebraska’s campus.
“I thought it was great finally getting to get to meet the coaches personally," Maessner said. "Touring the campus all around was a really good experience for me. The whole thing was just good for me to look around and meet everybody.
"First, we watched the practice which was really cool because I got to see the tempo and the speed that everyone works at. Then, we went and ate lunch and went around to tour all the facilities. The academic areas and spots with all the sports awards. We went in the locker room and tried on all the gear which was really cool. We got to see the cleats and gear that everyone gets.”
Had a great time at Husker Junior Day! #GBR @coach_frost @coachwilhite @CoachRHeld pic.twitter.com/g4gfIq0wCY
— Miko Maessner (@M1kochu) March 31, 2018
Maessner went on to tell me more about his thoughts about practice since the style of this staff’s practices have been talked about so much as a refreshing change.
“It looked like a really fast paced, fun atmosphere," he said. "There’s a lot of music playing and everyone is having fun but then they know when to tone that down and make it serious to do the drills right. It looks like everyone has things down in the short weeks that they’ve been practicing. I’d love to be part of that.”
Maessner runs track, participating in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. Just last week he had a track meet and he ran a 10.9 in the 100m even though it was pretty cold. He will surely improve those times and continue to pop up on Nebraska’s radar. The speedster was about to talk to running backs coach Ryan Held about his recruitment while he was in Lincoln, but Held told him that he will be taking a look at him in the future because he's only a sophomore. Plus, Held told him he likes to take guys from in-state so that made Maessner perk up.
Being from Kearney and going through the recruiting process gives Maessner an interesting perspective on the excitement around Coach Frost and company coming to Lincoln. I asked Maesnner his thoughts on the buzz surrounding the staff.
“I think everybody is excited, including me," he said. "Having guys that have been here before and know what it takes to get this program back. I’m sure that’s exactly what they’re going to do."
He plans on being back on campus for Friday Night Lights camp.
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.