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Nebraska Recruiting: New Intriguing Offensive Line Offers Out for Huskers

March 14, 2021

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


The trenches have been reshaped under coach Scott Frost. The Huskers have signed massive players to play for offensive line coach Greg Austin. They’ve done the same for defensive line coach Tony Tuioti over the last three cycles. It was a point of emphasis for Frost to get bigger along the lines and he’s accomplished that goal.

Along the offensive line, the program will look to keep the ball roiling in the 2022 recruiting class. The team made a couple new offers along the offensive line that caught my eye recently. First let’s talk about Colorado offensive lineman Jake Maikkula.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound lineman attends Valor Christian High School. It’s the same school that produced Luke McCaffrey. Valor has been pumping out Division I players at a high rate recently. The Huskers are smart to continue to keep going after kids in Colorado. The state has become a little de-emphasized during the Frost Era. Maikkula already holds 25 early offers but seems to be pretty open about his next steps.

The other recent offensive line offer went out to a player in Big Ten country. Ryan Baer, who is from Eastlake, Ohio, picked up an offer from the Huskers a few days ago.

Baer, who stands at 6-foot-7, 320 pounds, was happy about the offer from the Huskers.

“I was excited because I had a zoom with Coach Austin a couple weeks before the offer,” Baer said. “He just sounded like an amazing guy.”

The lineman didn’t have much knowledge of the Huskers, but he knows the program was a powerhouse back in the day. He currently holds 25 offers right now including seven from the Big Ten. In his talks with Nebraska they have mentioned wanting him to come out for a visit as soon as the dead period is lifted. Baer is open to making a trip to Lincoln so he can learn more about the program first-hand.

Baer doesn’t appear to be in a rush to make a decision right now. Baer also wants to be comfortable at the school without football.

Based on Nebraska’s history under Frost and Austin I expect them to take at least two offensive linemen this cycle. There are plenty of offers out right now as the pair try to find the right fit for the program moving forward.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska tight end target Kaden Helms was offered by Auburn over the weekend.

>> Indiana defensive end Joe Strickland has the Huskers in his top 10 which was released on Saturday.

>> The Huskers gave a nice birthday shout out to Scottsbluff defensive end Chance Symons.

ICYMI

>> As Derek Peterson wrote, Nebraska considered ducking Oklahoma and it was a sad moment for a proud program that won’t soon be forgotten.

>> Jacob Padilla has your 20221 boys basketball tournament state championship round-up.

>> Former Blackshirt Dicaprio Bootle joined the Varsity Club podcast to talk Husker stories and draft prep.

>> Nebraska volleyball split a weekend series with Ohio State.

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