On Wednesday, TJ Bollers—one of Nebraska’s top targets for the 2021 recruiting class—was back in Lincoln. The defensive end from Iowa came for the Huskers’ last practice of spring football. This was his third trip to Lincoln since he visited in February and last fall for a game.
I was able to catch up with the four-sport athlete who also does track, baseball and basketball. We talked about Nebraska’s practice style, his relationship with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and more.
— TJ Bollers (@tj35ballin) April 10, 2019
Here is there full Q&A:
What were your overall thoughts on the trip?
“Obviously we were there for a practice. It was really great to be able to get out there again to see how they work. We got to see how the coaches coach outside of the game setting and see the calm before the storm so to speak.”
Did you notice any changes or growth in the program since the last time you visited?
“Honestly, nothing really changed. I did notice the new defensive line coach, Coach [Tony] Tuioti. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him today. He was pretty busy but that was the biggest change. I’ve only seen the coaches in action twice so I can’t really evaluate that.”
What were your thoughts on Nebraska’s practice style?
“I thought it was great. I liked the way their practice is formatted too. Me and my dad were actually talking on the way home and said, ‘We should really incorporate some of that, some of the team competition.’ I loved some of that. I loved how they split it. You get to learn and do team work too. I thought it was really cool to watch that.“
What do you do in track? Have the coaches talked about it with you?
“In track, I run the 200 meter and I throw shot and discus. Actually, they have. Coach [Scott] Frost and Coach Chinander both talk to me about track. They ask about how meets have gone and how practice is going. Stuff like that.”
How has your relationship with [lead recruiter] Chinander continued to grow?
“I’d say we have a really good relationship. He’s always one of the first guys to greet me once I walk through the door. I’ve only been there three times but he is always one of the first guys I see. I’d say we have a really good relationship going.”
What other visits do you have planned for this spring and summer?
“We just have one visit planned right now and it’s Iowa State on [April 20]. Once I get closer to summer and once I start to see my baseball schedule I can finalize more things. In baseball, I’m a pitcher and play outfield.”
Do you have plans to come back for a game in Lincoln this fall?
“Today we did not talk about that but I can say that I will be back for a game.”
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.