Landing the best players in the state is a priority for all schools. Keeping homegrown talent playing for Nebraska was a big point of coach Scott Frost’s opening press conference. It’s taken on a level of increased importance in recent years.
The success of the program keeping players home has been up and down. The Huskers now have six offers out in the state for the 2023 recruiting class. The latest one went to Creighton Prep offensive lineman Sam Sledge. Could the next offer be to a lineman on the other side of the state?
Scottsbluff 2023 offensive lineman Brock Knutson (6-7, 270) is seeing his stock rise as of late. The lineman currently has scholarship offers from Iowa State, Kansas and North Dakota State. Knutson was at Nebraska’s Junior Day on Jan. 22. The day before that inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud was at his school to check in. Knutson was impressed that Ruud made the trip out to Scottsbluff when he was going to be in Lincoln the next day.
— Brock Knutson (@knutson_brock) January 23, 2022
Knutson said that he enjoyed the Huskers’ Junior Day. He was able to meet new offensive line coach Donovan Raiola. There was a tour of the locker rooms and then it was time for Knutson’s favorite part of the trip. He was able to put on the Husker gear and take photos.
“That’s just something you see all the five stars doing,” Knutson said. “Taking pictures and posting about them. It’s kind of kind of cool to experience what it’s like to be in a jersey before actually going to the school.”
There was also a meeting with Raiola in the film room. He gave the recruits a speech about his coach style and how he wants to help get Nebraska back to winning again. Knutson said that Raiola was passionate about restoring the pipeline at Nebraska. Knutson was among the first 2023 recruits to meet with him. He had a positive first impression.
“He was really good. He coached with the Bears before,” Knutson said. “He is going to bring lots of energy and experience to the team. He uses lots of acronyms. Get stuff done so GSD was one of them. There’s lots of stuff that he uses three letters to remember. He’s also super organized with how he runs his offensive line. Everybody does everything together. Let’s say one of us is going to the movies. He wants all the linemen to go to the movie. He says if you do everything together off the field, you’re going to play better as one on the field.”
When it comes to an offer from the Huskers, those talks are still ongoing for Knutson. He spoke with director of player personnel Sean Dillion about it during his visit. Dillon told him that Raiola was still evaluating 2023s for offers. There will be another round of evaluations once we get beyond signing day on Feb. 2.
Knutson will take more visits and host more coaches. He will head to Iowa State for its Junior Day on Jan. 29. Matt Campbell will also be at his school soon, as well as Chris Klieman from Kansas State and the coaches from Kansas.
Things are picking up for Knutson’s recruitment. As that happens, he has a solid idea of what he’s looking for in a future school.
“Mostly academics. I want to go into either ag science or the medical field,” Knutson said. “A school that has emphasis on those would be really nice. Also, schools like Nebraska where they have a bunch of Academic All Americans and then top 10 awards.”
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.