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Recruiting Recon: 2020 Offensive Linemen

July 13, 2019

Players currently committed: 4-star OT Turner Corcoran (6-6, 280), 3-star OL Alex Conn (6-6, 280)

How we got here: The Huskers had a nice haul on the offensive line in the 2019 class. Offensive line coach Greg Austin snagged his top target—Bryce Benhart from Lakeville, Minnesota—and the former champion wrestler has an extremely high ceiling. The Huskers also landed Michael Lynn from Colorado, Jimmy Fritzsche from South Carolina (even after a late push from Colorado) and Matthew Anderson from Louisiana. 

One of the things that makes the offensive line somewhat unique for recruiting the 2020 group is that the Huskers only have one scholarship senior—Christian Gaylord—that has a chance to crack the rotation during the 2019 season. Because of that, Nebraska can be fairly selective in who it brings in to Austin’s room this cycle. 

In a lot of ways, Corcoran—the 4-star from Kansas—is this cycle’s Benhart. Both are in the argument for best lineman in the region for their class. Both were also Austin’s top targets. Going back-to-back with those two at tackle is a big deal, which could be made even bigger in the 2021 cycle if Elkhorn South’s Teddy Prochazka is a Husker. Corcoran isn’t the only Kansas offensive lineman verbally committed to the Huskers. Alex Conn is a high upside prospect with good feet and plays with a mean streak. 

Where they go from here: If I had to make an educated guess, offensive line will be one of the positions that gets the most new offers between now and the end of the season. Nebraska had a lot of good targets on the board heading into the summer but a good number of those players have come off the board (including landing two players of the Huskers’ own). 

I would expect Nebraska to still take an additional two offensive linemen in the class, so it will be interesting to see who comes out for official visits in the fall. Senior film evaluation could be very critical to determining the final offensive line spots in the class of 2020 for Nebraska. 

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