The Huskers are going to have a smaller scholarship recruiting class for the 2022 recruiting cycle. That’s well-documented. What we don’t know is how that will affect the walk-on class this cycle. Those walk-on classes have been getting smaller yearly. It’s a part of roster building that has evolved under coach Scott Frost as his tenure goes on. It’s taken a while this season, but we are starting to get some movement on the 2022 preferred walk-on group.
Papillion-La Vista tight end Luke Lindenmeyer announced on Sunday that he would be joining the walk-on class at Nebraska.
— Luke Lindenmeyer (@lukelindenmeyer) November 7, 2021
This process started for Lindenmeyer back in the summer. That’s when he did a private workout with the Huskers. He got great feedback then from tight ends coach Sean Beckton. The coach told Lindenmeyer that he loved his work ethic, hands and blocking ability. The tight end kept in touch with the Huskers after that. He sent the team his highlights weekly during his senior season. He’s been a mainstay on the sidelines before games too.
“I made the decision when I went to the Purdue game last week,” Lindenmeyer said. “But I didn’t tell them yet. I waited until the day after and I called up Coach Beckton and told him that I wanted to commit. He was excited. Especially for the tight end room that I was going to be a great fit for the tight end room. Then that’s when I told Sean Dillon and Kenny Wilhite who have been my recruiters.”
Lindenmeyer has formed a tight bond with Beckton. He believes that Beckton is a great coach who knows what he is doing because he has so much experience. Each time he sees Beckton, the coach is in a good mood and treats him like his already part of his group. That’s part of what made keeping the team updated on his season so seamless for Lindenmeyer. He enjoyed getting to know Beckton, Dillon and Wilhite through the process.
One of things that Lindenmeyer is excited to bring to the table for Nebraska is a bit of a different skillset. He believes he is more of a traditional tight end that can both block and catch passes. Lindenmeyer sees an opportunity to find a way to contribute to the Huskers.
The week before the Ohio State game the Huskers’ latest walk-on commit was able to come to campus for a mid-week visit. He toured the facilities, saw the business college and took a photo shoot. He’s interested in studying entrepreneurship in college because he wants to be his own boss one day.
It took some guts to tell his parents that he wanted to choose this path. Both of his parents went to Army, and he had an offer to play there. He let his parents know about his decision during the Purdue game. Even though they were hoping he’d follow their path to Army, they were accepting of his choice.
“Out of all my offers I thought this was going to give me the best opportunity to go wherever I wanted to go as a football player and person,” Lindenmeyer said. “And I felt like I would fit really well with all the other tight ends and just staying home too was big.”
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.